In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
Discourse on the Method
Let men but think over their infinite expenditure of understanding, time, and means on matters and pursuits of far less use and value; whereof, if but a small part were directed to sound and solid studies, there is no difficulty that might not be overcome.
Ah, UNESCO is the most garbage. Any kind of organization for the good will of the people is impossible. It is necessary for the contrary. Young people need plenty of difficulties to achieve something, you know? If you receive a little money for this, a little money for that, everything becomes mediocre, and collapses ig-no-min-i-ously!
From an interview originally conducted by Victor Bockris in 1974.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
There is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The time comes when each of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow-men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.
Martin Luther King
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Leonardo da Vinci
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Man and Socialism in Cuba
Long Walk to Freedom
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