For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
Author: Bette Howland
In each age men of genius undertake the ascent. From below, the world follows them with their eyes. These men go up the mountain, enter the clouds, disappear, reappear, People watch them, mark them. They walk by the side of precipices. They daringly pursue their road. See them aloft, see them in the distance; they are but black specks. On they go. The road is uneven, its difficulties constant. At each step a wall, at each step a trap. As they rise the cold increases. They must make their ladder, cut the ice and walk on it., hewing the steps in haste. A storm is raging. Nevertheless they go forward in their madness. The air becomes difficult to breath. The abyss yawns below them. Some fall. Others stop and retrace their steps; there is a sad weariness. The bold ones continue. They are eyed by the eagles; the lightning plays about them: the hurricane is furious. No matter, they persevere.
Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist
When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.
Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932)
Profession: Polish Report and Foreign Correspondent
The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
Author: Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Profession: American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, Amorist
A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers -- and this is the basis of all human morality.
Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA
We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.
Author: Maxwell Maltz
Profession: American Plastic Surgeon, Author of "Psycho-Cybernetics"
Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better… or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.
Author: Og Mandino (1923-1996)
Profession: American Motivational Author, Speaker
Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.
Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small.
When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Author: Hannah More (1745-1833)
Profession: British Writer, Reformer, Philanthropist
When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word ''succeed,'' you find that it simply means to follow through.
Author: F. W. Nichol
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value.
Author: Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Profession: Anglo-American Political Theorist, Writer
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.
Author: Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)
Profession: American Christian Reformed Pastor, Speaker, Author
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ''Failure'' is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Author: Mary Pickford (1893-1979)
Profession: Canadian-born American Actress