Obstacles Quotes

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I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

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Passion crashes into obstacles; reason peers around them.

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Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable.  Real ones aren't.
Obstacles are challenges for winners, and excuses for losers.
Obstacles usually stimulate passion, but sometimes they kill it.
When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.
Obstacles cannot crush me.  Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.
Try not to turn your life into a race, least of all an obstacle race.
The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
If you can find a path with no obstacles. it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

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So often when the obstacles in your path can't be overcome, it's not your path.
If it matters to you, you will find a way. If it doesn't you will find an excuse.


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

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Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
If there are obstacles, the shortest line between two points may be the crooked line.
In the face of an obstacle which it is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and, when got, the repose is unsupportable.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.  Without war, no soldiers; without enemies, no hero.


It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
Looking back, my life so far seems like one long obstacle course, with me as its chief obstacle.
It's part of life to have obstacles. It's about overcoming obstacles; that's the key to happiness.
The only way to remove obstacles is to face them head-on, just like the buffalo stands facing the wind.
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.


Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

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The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.


The block of granite which was an obstacle on the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone on the pathway of the strong.
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.
If you don't love what you're doing with unbridled passion and enthusiasm, you're not going to succeed when you hit obstacles.
He is the best sailor who can steer within the fewest points of the wind, and extract a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
The greater the obstacle, the greater the glory in overcoming it; and difficulties are but the maids of honor to set off the virtue.


The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
Intelligence, then, is the ability to attain goals in the face of obstacles by means of decisions based on rational (truth-obeying) rules.


Optimism is good for overcoming obstacles that are part of daily life, but over-optimism can blind us to adversities that need addressing.


Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness.
But if to be great means to do great things in the teeth of great obstacles, then none can refuse him a place in the temple of the Immortals.


Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.
Obstacles don't have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education [for women] is like putting out the eyes; to deny the rights of property, like cutting off the hands.
Our opponents maintain that we are confronted by insurmountable political obstacles, but that may be said of the smallest obstacle if one has no desire to surmount it.
The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience.
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.

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Life is like walking along a crowded street—there always seem to be fewer obstacles to getting along on the opposite pavement—and yet, if one crosses over, matters are rarely mended.
It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Badness you can get easily, in quantity: the road is smooth, and it lies close by.  But in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steep is the way to it, and rough at first.

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The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.


History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They finally won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.  Disappointments acted as a challenge to their manhood.
Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution.  The boy who is going to make a great man, or is going to count in any way in after life, must make up his mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses or defeats.
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something 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.
No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble dishearten the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try his skill, troubles but bitter tonics to give him strength; and he rises higher and looms greater after each encounter with adversity.
About the only value the story of my life may have is to show that one can, even without any particular gifts, overcome obstacles that seem insurmountable if one is willing to face the fact that they must be overcome; that, in spite of timidity and fear, in spite of a lack of special talents, one can find a way to live widely and fully.