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None of us can be free of conflict and woe. Even the greatest men have had to accept disappointments as their daily bread.
There is no man in any rank who is always at liberty to act as he would incline. In some quarter or other he is limited by circumstances.
Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps till the legend, "over steep ways to the stars," fulfills itself.
When life's problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate.
If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.
A problem well stated is a problem half solved.
It isn't that they can't see the solution, it's that they can't see the problem.
If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
The man who most vividly realizes a difficulty is the man most likely to overcome it.
A good problem statement often includes: (a) what is known, (b) what is unknown, and (c) what is sought.
Every path has its puddle.
You often get a better hold upon a problem by going away from it for a time and dismissing it from your mind altogether.
What one decides to do in crisis depends on one's philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident. If one hasn't any philosophy in crises, others make the decision.
When I feel difficulty coming on, I switch to another book I'm writing. When I get back to the problem, my unconscious has solved it.
You can surmount the obstacles in your path if you are determined, courageous and hard-working. Never be fainthearted. Be resolute, but never bitter.... Permit no one to dissuade you from pursuing the goals you set for yourselves. Do not fear to pioneer, to venture down new paths of endeavor.
Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.
When you approach a problem, strip yourself of preconceived opinions and prejudice, assemble and learn the facts of the situation, make the decision which seems to you to be the most honest, and then stick to it.
The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.
No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step towards solution. Do something. Then try again. At the worst, so long as you don't do it the same way twice, you will eventually use up all the wrong ways of doing it and thus the next try will be the right one.
The greatest and most important problems of life are all in a certain sense insoluble. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.
You can overcome anything if you don't bellyache.
There is no other solution to a man's problems but the day's honest work, the day's honest decisions, the day's generous utterance, and the day's good deed.
Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution.
When you can't solve the problem, manage it.
The block of granite, which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a stepping stone in the path of the strong.
Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.
Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.
What is difficulty? Only a word indicating the degree of strength requisite for accomplishing particular objects; a mere notice of the necessity for exertion ... a mere stimulus to men.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty, instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.
I wish I were with some of the wild people that run in the woods, and know nothing about accomplishments!
I used to believe that marriage would diminish me, reduce my options. That you had to be someone less to live with someone else when, of course, you have to be someone more.
The human mind prefers to be spoonfed with the thoughts of others, but deprived of such nourishment it will, reluctantly, begin to think for itself- and such thinking, remember, is original thinking and may have valuable results.
I'll have to, as you say, take a stand, do something toward shaking up that system. ... Despair ... is too easy an out.
Half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things.
All work of man is as the swimmer's: a vast ocean threatens to devour him; if he front it not bravely, it will keep its word.
Hiding leads nowhere except to more hiding.
There is no movement without our own resistance.
All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them.
The best way out of a problem is through it.
A great man is one who seizes the vital issue in a complex question, what we might call the jugular vein of the whole organism, and spends his energies upon that.
Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, these women together ought to be able to turn it right side up again.
It is a fact of history that those who seek to withdraw from its great experiments usually end up being overwhelmed by them.
Only one feat is possible: not to have run away.
We must prepare and study truth under every aspect, endeavoring to ignore nothing, if we do not wish to fall into the abyss of the unknown when the hour shall strike.
We only really face up to ourselves when we are afraid.
Life is the acceptance of responsibilities or their evasion; it is a business of meeting obligations or avoiding them. To every man the choice is continually being offered, and by the manner of his choosing you may fairly measure him.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success comes only later.
No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and is prepared to assume responsibilities.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; 'tis dearness only that gives everything it's value.
The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties.
Can it be that man is essentially a being who loves to conquer difficulties, a creature whose function is to solve problems?
Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles he has overcome trying to succeed.
Happiness is the overcoming of not unknown obstacles toward a known goal.
Difficulties exist to be surmounted.


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