Category Archives: DIFFICULTY AND EASE

A sugarcane is sweetest at the joint

Siku ya kufa nyani miti yote huteleza

What seems to be hard to achieve in real life is often times the best. Fruits of hard labour are enjoyed the most.


Ihii na igwa ikuragira uthu-ini

Boys and sugar-cane grow up as enemies (because boys are all the time eating sugar-cane)

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

e. e. cummings

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The marvellous 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.
Helen Keller



Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Polish Composer and Pianist

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Yes, I felt very small. The typewriter seemed larger than a piano, I was less than a molecule. What could I do? I drank more.

― Albert Sánchez Piñol, Pandora in the Congo

But for life’s little defeats and indignities, I would be happy, content and completely average.”

― Mark Rude

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“If you are in a pit of stress or despair, don’t succumb to defeat. Don’t accept that difficult place as your fate. Even though God has allowed you to be there right now, he never intended for you to live there. Our God is bigger then whatever problem you are facing. The only way to see past the problem is to believe that he has not forgotten or abandoned you and that, at the exact time that he has ordained, he will reach down and pick you up.”

― Tracie Miles, Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace in Your Chaotic World

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t falll down. –

Allen H. Neuharth


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“Life for both sexes — and I looked at them, shouldering their way along the pavement — is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. It calls for gigantic courage and strength. More than anything, perhaps, creatures of illusion as we are, it calls for confidence in oneself. Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle.”

― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.”

― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

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Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.

Benjamin Franklin

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

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God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties that victory over them
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do
Thy will always!

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

– Nelson Mandela

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“The Queen had only one way of setting all difficulties, great or small. “Off with his head!” she said without even looking round.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

“If you are facing a difficult task don’t put it off. If you do it will just keep tormenting you.” Joyce Meyer

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“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”

― George Santayana

“The wind blowing through the cracks in the walls was fitting for this isolated and lonely place.”

― Nancy B. Brewer, Garnet

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“There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song – but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.”

― Pablo Neruda

“Be a duck, remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.” Michael Caine

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“Don’t duck the most difficult problems. That just ensures that the hardest part will be left when you are most tired. Get the big one done – it’s downhill from then on.”
― Norman Vincent Peale

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise ― Oscar Wilde


“Sometimes we are blessed with being able to choose
the time, and the arena, and the manner of our revolution,
but more usually
we must do battle where we are standing.”

― Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Silence is a great peacemaker.



All high happiness has in it some element of love; all love contains a desire for peace. One immediate effect of new happiness is to make us turn toward the past with a wish to straighten out its difficulties, heal its breaches and forgive its wrongs.

James Lane Allen.

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. ― G.K. Chesterton


“Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.” ― Dr. Seuss


“I hate to complain…No one is without difficulties, whether in high or low life, and every person knows best where their own shoe pinches.”
― Abigail Adams

wind batters the weatherboards

like fists and boots thudding.
shoulders the door
again, again. Grasps the metal roof
like fingers buried in hair, yanking
it wants scalp.

Dael Allison


Like a top that has done spinning.

Said of one who has been humbled.

" His heart went into his boots"

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock, And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock, And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens, And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence; O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best, With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest, As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock.

James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916


The marks of the sluggard or idler are

(1) Loves not difficulties : will not plough by reason of cold, Prov. 20. 4 ;

(2) loves not disturbance, though death’s handwriting may be on the wall;

(3) enjoys not the good in hand ; roasts not what was taken in hunting, Prov. 12. 27 ;

(4) his way hedged with thorns, Prov. 15. 19 ; such were the ten tribes — too lazy to go up to Jerusalem, i Kings 12.28;. so with the servant in the parable of the talents;

(5) allows weeds on his fields, Prov. 24. 30 ;

(6) desires onlybut makes no efforts ; so Balaam wished the death of the righteous, but led not the life of the righteous, Nimi. 23. 10;

(7) makes no progress, turns as a door on the hinges. Prov. 26. 14 ;

(8) makes excuses ; there is a lion in the way, Prov. 22. 13.


"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"

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“That will happen when the hens piss." Showing how difficult or improbable a thing is.

"A Dictionary of Spanish Proverbs: COMP. From The Best Authorities In The …"


I feel like a chicken in a metal chook pen!

TRAPPED by Annette Kosseris

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By practising the hand you learn how to draw pictures, by practising the tongue you learn to speak classical Tamil. " All things are difficult before they are easy."

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"


Al buen entendedor, pocas palabras bastan.

To a good listener, few words are enough (understanding comes easy).

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Turkish. No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.


Every way. or at every end, there are three leagues of heart-breaking. (Spanish). When a man’s affairs are in bad condition and he is unable to extricate himself from difficulty, every way leads to further complications; at every end he finds an obstacle and he is near disaster.

"Curiosities in Proverbs: A Collection of Unusual Adages, Maxims, Aphorisms, Phrases and Other …"

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