Struggle Quotes

The fact that a baby can be born today and condemned to a life of hardship, struggle, and discrimination simply because of sex is enraging.

— Adora Svitak

I had a mundane, happy childhood, without much struggle.

— Adrian Tomine

Everywhere that the struggle for national freedom has triumphed, once the authorities agreed, there were military coups d’etat that overthrew their leaders. That is the result time and time again.

— Ahmed Ben Bella

My life has been a bit special, this is true. I participated in the liberation of my country. I was one of the organisers of its struggle for liberation. I likewise actively participated in all the struggles for liberation.

— Ahmed Ben Bella

When I was engaged in the struggle for my country, I was very young. My horizons were open.

— Ahmed Ben Bella

People presume my disability has to do with being an amputee, but that’s not the case our insecurities are our disabilities, and I struggle with those as does everyone.

— Aimee Mullins

Body image is something that girls struggle with every day, and it’s something that I struggle with every day.

— Alessia Cara

I like not being noticed. It has been a struggle because I love performing, but if I’m in a group of people and someone has a bigger personality, I’m like, ‘Go ahead, and have fun!’

— Amy Adams

I don’t know many artists who’ve come out of Beverly Hills, y’know? You need that struggle.

— Anderson Paak

You’re watching your kids playing football, and you’re not present. It’s like the worst… it’s horrible. I despise myself for it. I think it’s a particularly male thing. Being present and in the moment with your kids is something a lot of men struggle with.

— Andy Serkis

I am still where I started. I am still struggling. In fact, the struggle has only got bigger. I always try to go beyond my means, and this where the struggle comes in.

— Anurag Kashyap

State governments generate less revenue in a recession. As state leaders struggle to make up for lost revenue, legislatures tend to cut funding for higher education. Colleges, in turn, answer these funding cuts with tuition hikes.

— Arne Duncan

I am often accused of colluding with the British during the freedom struggle. I want to ask, how?

— Atal Bihari Vajpayee

My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.

— Abraham Lincoln

What is a struggle is that acting isn’t a place where you go to work and you do that thing. There aren’t set boundaries, like an office, where you go and work. For me, the work is always on my mind.

— Adam Driver

The struggle against poverty in the world and the challenge of cutting wealthy country emissions all has a single, very simple solution… Here it is: Put a price on carbon.

— Al Gore

In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.

— Albert Bandura

In order to speak about all and to all, one has to speak of what all know and of the reality common to us all. The sea, rains, necessity, desire, the struggle against death… these are things that unite us all.

— Albert Camus

Watching soccer is my main hobby, really. I’m no tactician or coach, but I enjoy watching the free flow of it, the different styles, and the histories behind clubs. Like Barcelona vs. Madrid – it’s not just a soccer game it’s a geopolitical struggle. There are great storylines and no commercials.

— Andrew Luck

As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people’s struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.

— Angela Davis

Oh, God, I struggle with low self-esteem all the time! I think everyone does. I have so much wrong with me, it’s unbelievable!

— Angelina Jolie

There’s no sense in making life seem like it’s a struggle, because that doesn’t make anybody feel better.

— Ashton Kutcher

The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations.

— Aung San Suu Kyi

I suspect that here theists and atheists would agree: Human beings have within them the ability to choose evil or good. We wake up each day facing the age-old struggle of good and evil. In some situations, mental illness clouds our judgment.

— Adam Hamilton

To be perfectly honest with you, having a mother as an actress – who I watched struggle tremendously during my childhood – and to watch fluctuations of ups and downs is difficult. She did mainly television, so I think I associated that with a life of inconsistency. As I’ve come into my own, I realize it has nothing to do with the medium.

— Alaina Huffman

I am interested in struggle – between our hearts and our head, between principle and desire – and one of those struggles is with mortality and no one at all is immune to it, which makes it even more interesting to me. Some people fall in love, some don’t. Some sky dive, some don’t. Everyone who lives, ages.

— Amy Bloom

If you look at my life before I went into television, the struggle I went through coming out would be surprising to most people, given how comfortable and how out I am being the only late-night gay talk-show host.

— Andy Cohen

My mum Margaret was a single parent, but though life was a bit of a struggle she gave me every encouragement.

— Ashley Jensen

The struggle for equality is really a struggle for democracy, and that’s why it’s a struggle for all the population.

— Ayman Odeh

Just as Jews in the U.S. joined Martin Luther King, I’m sure hundreds of thousands of Jews will join the struggle for civil equality in Israel.

— Ayman Odeh

Understood what the struggle was about. My mother. Couldn’t read or write, but she had more sense than many a graduate from Harvard.

— Al Lewis

The struggle goes on. The victory is in the struggle, for me. And I accepted that a long time ago.

— Al Lewis

Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die? Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.

— Alan Paton

The party of swindlers and thieves is putting forward its chief swindler and its chief thief for the presidency. We must vote against him, struggle against him.

— Alexei Navalny

From the hour when the Puritan baby opened his eyes in bleak New England, he had a Spartan struggle for life.

— Alice Morse Earle

In the late 1980s, a new revolt broke out, this time led by the fundamentalist FIS (Islamic Salvation Front). Many of its leaders were the kind of young Algerians who joined the struggle against the French occupiers in the 1950s.

— Alistair Horne

In my opinion, terrorism is a question which is not a short- term problem for all of us. It is a long-term fight. And NATO can play, and will play, a very crucial role in this struggle.

— Aleksander Kwasniewski

I wanted to be a teacher, but I was a lousy student, one of the slowest readers. It was a tremendous struggle. But I’m lucky I had some teachers who saw something in me.

— Ann Bancroft

Look at Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution and the slogans that they used: anti-imperialism anti-colonialism the struggle of the have-nots against the haves the state monopoly over economy, which was very much patterned after the Soviet Union. All of these things did not come out of Islam. Islam is not that developed.

— Azar Nafisi

Human curiosity, the urge to know, is a powerful force and is perhaps the best secret weapon of all in the struggle to unravel the workings of the natural world.

— Aaron Klug

Every play I do, every book I write, every painting I paint, I will struggle with. I don’t know what it’s like for a project to come easy.

— Antony Sher

If someone is trying to skip the struggle – which is the creative job – our machines today, the technology that we have, can help the person, but it is only momentary. On the other hand, if you are creative, you have the skill, and you are hardworking, technology can only make you superior.

— Arijit Singh

That is why I came to conclusion that the election must take place, so that the republic can have a government. If I were to say that everything will change for the better immediately, that would not be true. The struggle will continue for a long time.

— Akhmad Kadyrov

It is the cells which create and maintain in us, during the span of our lives, our will to live and survive, to search and experiment, and to struggle.

— Albert Claude

While few religious leaders and scholars would doubt the commonalities that exist among the various religious groups, the followers of these religions unfortunately struggle in their effort to peacefully coexist.

— Alcee Hastings

And as you point out, for American families who struggle every day to figure out how do they pay, we talk about gasoline prices. That throws budgets into a real problem when you have budgeted really tight.

— Allyson Schwartz

I have always regarded global development as a struggle between the forces of good and evil. Not to be simplified as a struggle between Jesus and Satan, since I do not consider that the process is restricted to our own sphere of culture.

— Alva Myrdal

We’re talking about the struggle to drag a thought over from the mush of the unconscious into some kind of grammar, syntax, human sense every attempt means starting over with language. starting over with accuracy.

— Anne Carson

I huff and puff and struggle with every sentence, paragraph and page – sometimes every word as well.

— Aidan Chambers

There is a strange kind of human being in whom there is an eternal struggle between body and soul, animal and god, for dominance. In all great men this mixture is striking, and in none more so than in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

— Alfred Einstein

All in all this is a difficult political struggle which will go on for years, in which our people won’t die anymore I’m not sure how much we will be able to win, but I’m certain that we won’t loose anything that we have now.

— Alija Izetbegovic

Politicians are very experienced – maybe too experienced – at using body language to signal power and competence. But what these politicians are much more likely to struggle with, or just neglect to do altogether, is communicate warmth and trustworthiness.

— Amy Cuddy

He who receives a great many letters demanding answer, sees himself as if engaged in a hopeless struggle of one man against the rest of the world.

— Anna C. Brackett

Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.

— Barack Obama

The institutionalization of Black Studies, Feminist Studies, all of these things, led to a sense that the struggle was over for a lot of people and that one did not have to continue the personal consciousness-raising and changing of one’s viewpoint.

— bell hooks

Whenever women struggle with breast cancer and face better care than ever, that’s feminism.

— bell hooks

Youth is a blunder Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret.

— Benjamin Disraeli

If someone throws you in a pool and you can’t swim, you’re going to struggle.

— Bernard Sumner

The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.

— Blaise Pascal

I grew up in a working-class neighborhood, so there was always a sense of struggle, but we had hope.

— Bonnie Hunt

Quakers are known for wanting to give back. Ban the bomb and the civil rights movement and the native American struggle for justice – those things were very, very front-burner in my childhood, as were the ideas of working for peace and if you have more than you need, then you share it with people who don’t.

— Bonnie Raitt

The anti-nuke movement has important and far-reaching implications for grassroots organizing. It can unite kids and musicians, everybody, whether they’re leftist or rightist, or radical, or Republican, because energy is energy. But in fact, it is a real political struggle – it shows people that it’s big business against the people.

— Bonnie Raitt

For science, the end of the evolution struggle is simply represented by ‘survival.’ As for the means to that end, apparently anything goes. Darwinism leaves humanity without a moral compass.

— Bruce Lipton

You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.

— Brene Brown

Our struggle was political, ideological and economic, and we felt we couldn’t make something of ourselves unless we bettered society. We saw the two together.

— Bella Abzug

I went through a struggle, and I really needed to get myself together and connect with my purpose, which is music.

— Brandy Norwood

There are many people that struggle and struggle and have all the talent in the world, but for some reason they are not successful. You never know why those things happen.

— Bryan White

Reggae music don’t really focus on one thing, you know. If reggae music is speaking about the struggle of people, and the suffering, it don’t mean black people. It mean people in general.

— Burning Spear

I think it’s important for kids to express themselves with bad fashion. I struggle a little bit now because I have a daughter and I feel with fashion, like they’re sexualizing the kids so young. Little kids in high heels and that kind of thing is really difficult for me to wrap my head around.

— Busy Philipps

I love boxing. I like to see the strategizing. Watching the warriors go to work. I like that struggle, going out there and fighting.

— Barry Larkin

When we consume vastly more protein than we need, our kidneys struggle to process it, resulting in protein in the urine. Too much protein from meat may also contribute to kidney stones.

— Bee Wilson

In that sense, I became politicized because the people in the coal mining villages who were involved in the struggle knew why they were there. But they couldn’t understand why some pop star from London would want to be there.

— Billy Bragg

A small-time hoodlum who had spent most of the 1960s at San Quentin State Prison in California, the 30-year-old Bryant claimed that he hijacked Flight 97 under orders from his higher-ups in the Black Panther Party he said his mission was to arrange for the purchase of bazookas to aid the organization’s struggle against oppression.

— Brendan I. Koerner

For those who struggle with anti-pagan prejudices and stereotypes, Humanist Paganism might be a powerful educational tool. It can show that a pagan can be a sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and enlightened person, and that a pagan culture can be artistically vibrant, environmentally conscious, intellectually stimulating, and socially just.

— Brendan Myers

The Clinton administration hated us, and it was a terrible struggle with them. I think that they felt if they didn’t play, they could strangle us in our crib.

— Brit Hume

A character on screen that’s the ‘good guy’ or the ‘bad guy,’ they’re never interesting. There’s got to be an internal struggle, the duality is important to find.

— Bill Skarsgard

Our workers, our American people who are already struggling, are going to continue to struggle until we can get somebody who can bring some business sense to Washington D.C., and I think that is the one thing I bring.

— Bobby Schilling

Particularly with middle-class people, self-absorption is a struggle.

— Ben Lewin

I had one year of struggle. My parents were always there, but I didn’t want to rely on them. Now it’s moving pretty fast. I’m not rich, but obviously this is fantastic. All I know to do with money is put it in a shoebox anyway.

— Ben McKenzie

I have had a struggle with anxiety, always, and as a proud Jew, that’s not a surprising thing.

— Ben Platt

The studio is spending great amounts of money, and they want some insurance they will get money back. They go for the middle of the road, broad in appeal. It’s restrictive. It’s a constant struggle, but if you give in, you’re just making cottage cheese, and that’s the end of it.

— Brian Helgeland

We have been helping, trying to help Afghanistan in many ways, even from the beginning of… the beginnings of the ’20s, 1920s, when he we were fighting our own national struggle.

— Bulent Ecevit

I can draw pencil lines to show something is moving, but if I’m writing, I struggle with how to write it. The boy ran down the hallway? The boy ran quickly down the hallway? The boy ran down the marble hallway? I agonize over the words. So my editor works very hard. I’m lucky to have her.

— Brian Selznick

I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world, Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.

— Caitlyn Jenner

High Romanticism shows you nature in all its harsh and lovely metamorphoses. Flood, fire and quake fling us back to the primal struggle for survival and reveal our gross dependency on mammoth, still mysterious forces.

— Camille Paglia

There were days I could barely struggle into a size 46 or 48, months of larges and XXLs, and endless rounds of leggings with the elastic at the waist stretched to its limit and beyond – topped with the fashion equivalent of a tea cozy. And always black, because I was in mourning for my slimmer self.

— Carrie Fisher

As another has well said, to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that his struggle to change his condition is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.

— Carter G. Woodson

I’ve known the panic of financial struggle. I didn’t grow up with money at all, and my family has certainly known the panic of, ‘Oh, gosh, where’s the next bit of money coming from?’

— Cate Blanchett

It is unnecessary to say that Fidel Castro possesses the high qualities of a fighter and statesman: our path, our struggle, and our triumph we owed to his vision.

— Che Guevara

As a boy, the very words ‘Liberty Bell’ and ‘Independence Hall’ fired my imagination and made a profound and lasting impression on my mind. Throughout my struggle to secure national freedom for China, I have continuously dreamed of the day when she would assume the full stature of an independent, democratic nation.

— Chiang Kai-shek

Strike and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.

— Christian Slater

Growing up, I had an internal struggle with my body because I was really chubby. My sisters were younger, and they were all skinny and all cute. As a teen, I definitely had, like, an extra 30 pounds of weight.

— Christina Milian

Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.

— Coretta Scott King

My story is a freedom song of struggle. It is about finding one’s purpose, how to overcome fear and to stand up for causes bigger than one’s self.

— Coretta Scott King

When someone has a weight problem when they’re pregnant, they will struggle before, during and after to lose weight.

— Carnie Wilson

You know, after all these years, it’s just like we are who we are and it’s a struggle for me and sometimes I’m heavier and sometimes I’m thinner.

— Carnie Wilson

Goodie Mob is my passion, the core of me, the fight, the struggle. I’m still as much of an underdog as I ever was, and my music is still as anti-establishment as it ever was. I want to satisfy that rebel side. It’s not null and void. I’m a whole being, and I’m just coming back full circle.

— CeeLo Green

The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is. I don’t believe in ‘super-men,’ for the world is full of capable men, but it’s the fellow with determination that wins out.

— Charles M. Schwab

Doubt is an uneasy and dissatisfied state from which we struggle to free ourselves and pass into the state of belief while the latter is a calm and satisfactory state which we do not wish to avoid, or to change to a belief in anything else.

— Charles Sanders Peirce

It used to be that creative music was most of the music that you heard back in the ’30s and ’40s, and now it’s like 3 percent. So, its kind of a struggle getttin’ it out there.

— Charlie Haden

Countries and states which have capital punishment have a much higher rate of murder and crime than countries that do not, so that makes sense to me, and the moral question – I struggle with it morally.

— Charlize Theron

I think people who suffer from depression, unless it’s post-traumatic, are probably going to struggle with it for their whole life.

— Christina Ricci

I never felt like there was an unconscious part of me around that woke up or that came out of the closet there wasn’t a struggle, there wasn’t an attempt to suppress.

— Cynthia Nixon

I’ve got actor friends who didn’t get breaks, who struggle and worry about things that I’m fortunate not to have to worry about.

— Clive Owen

First of all, Bolshevism represents revolution and the revolutionary struggle.

— C. L. R. James

I’m kind of a perfectionist, and it gets in the way with my putting sometimes. Golf is a messed-up game. When you feel you’ve figured it out is when you’re going to struggle.

— Camilo Villegas

As a global community, we have to start thinking more seriously about whether there are limits to what our earth can bear and if we’re willing to cope with the struggle for limited resources, which only seem to increase as our population does.

— Christy Turlington

It would indeed be a sad misfortune if man were released from the necessity of work and struggle, for it is a well-known fact that organs which do not function atrophy and according to the old saying, ‘Idleness is the devil’s workshop.’

— Charles A. Beard

All species capable of grasping this fact manage better in the struggle for existence than those which rely upon their own strength alone: the wolf, which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion, which hunts alone.

— Christian Lous Lange

In 1989, my father died after a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. All four of his siblings followed him into the shadow lands of that fascinating, maddening affliction.

— Charlie Pierce

There had always been black people in and out of our house, and from the outset I had been taught that for them life was defined by struggle and filled with injustice.

— Carl Bernstein

My struggle has been to return painting to the tangible object, which is like returning the personality to touching and feeling the world around it, to offset the tendency to vagueness and abstraction. To remind people of practical activity, to suggest the sense and not to escape from the senses.

— Claes Oldenburg

I’m very grateful for the way things have panned out. If I hadn’t had a struggle at the start, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate every single day in this job. Whether you love or hate a job, you can’t waste the chance to do something with it.

— Cush Jumbo

You never stop thinking about technique, but really, the reason we’re actors is because of the sheer joy of those few moments you get every now and again where you’re totally present. The rest is just struggle and misery.

— Caitlin Fitzgerald

I actually went to study journalism at Northwestern, thinking that would be my Plan B for a career. But then I realized, if I’m going to struggle and make no money, I might as well do what I really want to do.

— Claire Coffee

Women’s propaganda must touch upon all those questions which are of great importance to the general proletarian movement. The main task is, indeed, to awaken the women’s class consciousness and to incorporate them into the class struggle.

— Clara Zetkin

Each reform, therefore, improving the economical and political situation of the workers proves to be an arm that increases the energy with which the proletarian struggle of classes is fought.

— Clara Zetkin

Initially, I think I was eager to get off Staten Island and go away for school, that kind of thing. Then what you do maybe 10 years after that, you start maybe appreciating all the great things about the place you grew up. You can go back and enjoy it because you don’t have that angst or sense of struggle to get away anymore.

— Colin Jost

In the past I’d always felt like ‘the girl’ in the show or the movie. On ‘Friday Night Lights’ there were a bunch of girls, and I was the woman. Initially there was a little struggle with my identity around that. But now there’s a sense of ease.

— Connie Britton

There are a lot of sacrifices a mother makes when she’s raising a child by herself. I saw it when I was growing up, watching all my mother did for me. But it wasn’t until recently that I fully understood the price she paid because of how we had to struggle.

— Christina Applegate

Both my parents are actors, and I saw them struggle with work, waiting for phone calls.

— Charlotte Le Bon

Confidence is highly overrated when it comes to creating literature. A writer who is overly confident will not engage in the struggle to get it exactly right on the page – but rather, will assume that she’s getting it right without the struggle.

— Dani Shapiro

I totally disagree with the view that the Tibet struggle will die, and there will be no hope for Tibet, after the Dalai Lama passes away.

— Dalai Lama

If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that’s more than just entertainment-which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people.

— Dean Koontz

Stories hold conflict and contrast, highs and lows, life and death, and the human struggle and all kinds of things.

— David Lynch

Reality show? You can’t find anything better than boxing because of the trials and errors, the ups and downs, the struggle when you get knocked down to get back up. Use it symbolically and interchangeably for life.

— Don King

As the civil rights struggle progressed, Americans responded to the justice of the cause, shedding layers of the crusty armor that shielded the white majority from contact with its large black minority. There are layers left. It feels so much better to be on good terms with one another.

— Donna Brazile

By definition, conservatives struggle with change.

— Donna Brazile

Any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

— Douglas Adams

The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.

— Douglas MacArthur

Everyone’s struggle is different. Just because I wasn’t struggling on the streets, it doesn’t mean I don’t know what it’s like to struggle.

— D’Brickashaw Ferguson

If you make a film normally it’s all right, the distributors are helpful and cooperative. But if you make a film that’s a little stange, a little bizarre, then all the time it’s a struggle with them.

— Dario Argento

No doubt, the White House thinks the American people know Obama’s story. But since the Inauguration, we’ve seen only the president’s present: his perfect family, his Ivy League elegance, his effortless mastery of complex issues. We never see him sweat. And we forget that he ever had to struggle.

— Dee Dee Myers

I really struggle with that feeling of helplessness. That’s why I really try to get my blogs, and even myself, to point to the positive and look at all the inspiring things that are happening.

— Daryl Hannah

This is a struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, which in too many cases has become so corporate and identified with corporate interests that you can’t tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans.

— Dennis Kucinich

You know, I think the film business is its own worst enemy because it sells movies on DVD footage and ‘behind the scenes,’ and now it’s a real struggle trying to keep storylines and plotlines a secret.

— Daniel Craig

We came up with this idea of a power struggle between two people who really love each other, and ‘Doll & Em’ took off. Calling it by our own names was the director’s idea, but hopefully people will understand that we’re playing versions of ourselves.

— Dolly Wells

One of the biggest things I used to struggle with was about things like going on holiday. Whereas all your friends can talk about something and plan something all year long, I know that I’m probably going to be away and I’m going to miss all of it. If a job comes up, you just can’t be there.

— Douglas Booth

Clearly, children’s charities struggle to find private sources of money to sustain their benevolent programs.

— Dana Rohrabacher

I’m really hands-on. My team brings in elements, but, every season, it’s kind of a personal struggle to find the balance and to see how far I want to push the elements.

— Dries van Noten

For some reason, I struggle seeing myself as a leading man.

— Dave Bautista

So long as the opposing forces are at the outset approximately equal in numbers and moral and there are no flanks to turn, a long struggle for supremacy is inevitable.

— Douglas Haig

We struggle throughout our lives to learn to accept the shell that transports us through this world, and many of us take great effort to change it. I believe everyone has at least once looked in the mirror and thought, ‘That is not me. I am someone else. The world cannot see me as I really am.’

— David Ebershoff

At any age, we struggle with intimacy. When you’re a kid, you think, ‘I won’t have that problem. I’ll have sex whenever I want when I’m a grown-up!’ And then, somehow, it doesn’t quite turn out that way, and it’s so surprising to people that connection remains so challenging even when you’re married.

— David Frankel

A bad guy always assumes he’s going to win, whereas the good guy has to struggle with, what if I lose?, and the audience wants to struggle with him.

— David Gallagher

The second song is called ‘Easy As Life,’ which really describes the complete conflict of the whole story, her struggle of being in love with the enemy and also being in love with her people.

— Deborah Cox

The world belongs to no one. There are very few people who fit into the world. And part of the struggle of every human life is to somehow claim a place on the planet, but it’s at the forefront of the experience of the wandering race. The wandering people.

— Deborah Eisenberg

Everybody’s life has some mythical quality. You struggle against obstacles, you fight to get to a higher level and there are great loves.

— Dolph Lundgren

I have a lot of rage about things that didn’t happen to me, tied up with watching an immigrant, working-class father struggle to make his way through the world – and seeing how society was modeled to keep him in his place.

— Dennis Lehane

Arafat’s whole life has been governed by struggle and a cause. Everything he has done as leader of the Palestinians is to always leave his options open, never close a door.

— Dennis Ross

Some struggle is healthy. If you can embrace it rather than be angry, you can use it as your pilot light.

— Damon Wayans

I, for one, struggle a little bit with a $250,000 education for a philosophy degree. They are a wonderful people, but we can’t employ philosophers in manufacturing in the United States. We need a one- or two-year technical add-on for a high school.

— Douglas R. Oberhelman

The people of Nicaragua were suffering oppression. This made us develop an awareness which eventually led us to commit ourselves to the struggle against the domination of the capitalists of our country in collusion with the U.S. government, i.e. imperialism.

— Daniel Ortega

Ultimately, it has been a struggle- but I was in Minneapolis and Austin a couple of weeks ago, sitting in theaters with complete strangers watching this weird movie that Kirk and I thought up and I was excited to be making film.

— Donal Logue

High jump is such a mental thing. It’s you against the bar. It’s something that a lot of people struggle with, and people experience slumps and plateaus because of it.

— Derek Drouin

Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian struggle waged among cultures, and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals.

— E. O. Wilson

When bad men combine, the good must associate else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

— Edmund Burke

The culmination of a long struggle was 2013, which could clearly be labeled the Year of the Gay. State after state had legalized gay marriage, despite intense opposition from the religious right.

— Edmund White

I’ve always said I wanted to play in England. There was a struggle between Chelsea and United, but according to me, Chelsea has the best project.

— Eden Hazard

Throughout the second intifada, America provided unprecedented support for Israel’s struggle against Palestinian terrorism and Israel’s construction of the security barrier.

— Ehud Olmert

You can tell when a writer moves out of a place of struggle and into a place of comfort, and it’s always a bad thing.

— Eleanor Catton

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.

— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Tunisia was not for the United States an important country in the way, let’s say, Algeria was because of its gas, because of its size, because of its struggle against terrorism that sometimes turned bloody.

— Elliott Abrams

In Arab capitals, the failure of the United States to stop Iran’s nuclear program is understood as American weakness in the struggle for dominance in the Middle East, making additional cooperation from Arab leaders on Israeli-Palestinian issues even less likely.

— Elliott Abrams

Families rely on financial services more than ever, but those who need them most – who struggle to make ends meet – too often must contend with sky-high interest rates and tricks and traps buried in the fine print of their loan products.

— Elizabeth Warren

Inside each of us, there is the seed of both good and evil. It’s a constant struggle as to which one will win. And one cannot exist without the other.

— Eric Burdon

I’ve really been sick with this cold, but I think I might have kept the columns going anyhow except I was just so low in spirit, I didn’t have the will to struggle against them when my deadline was so close and I felt so lousy.

— Ernie Pyle

For many oppositional movements, the Internet, while providing the opportunity to distribute information more quickly and cheaper, may have actually made their struggle more difficult in the long run.

— Evgeny Morozov

We do not believe that the Marxist program, which embodies the continuity of the experience of the actual class struggle and real revolutions of the last one hundred and fifty years, is a definitely closed book.

— Ernest Mandel

It was natural to see the struggle for dignity for black people in America as a sister struggle of the Jewish struggle. So growing up, it was always a part of my breakfast cereal to think of myself as someone who was part of a larger struggle.

— Eugene Jarecki

Anywhere the struggle is great, the level of ingenuity and inventiveness is high.

— Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin

Every teenager deals in his or her own sexuality and has to face it and figure out how it can coincide with the rest of their lives in a healthy manner. And try to navigate it in our modern society, which is wrought with stigma and taboo and repression, and sort of as a result, these inner monsters that some teenagers really struggle with.

— Ezra Miller

Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.

— Edna Ferber

In fact that is the struggle that most Americans – As rich as this country is, most Americans are very limited in their interaction with the world, unless the world comes to us in a very shocking way.

— Edwidge Danticat

It’s expensive to raise a child with special needs, which people don’t even think about. Emotionally it can be a struggle, but financially it’s really rough.

— Elena Delle Donne

I have to be a lot more calculating because I’m a very private person. I actually really struggle with the attention I’m generally a pretty shy kind of a person. So it’s tough figuring out how to manage it. But there are ways of managing it, and you just have to be smart.

— Emily Watson

The presentations and conceptions of the average man of the world are formed and dominated, not by the full and pure desire for knowledge as an end in itself, but by the struggle to adapt himself favourably to the conditions of life.

— Ernst Mach

I joined the anti-Fascist struggle with my best friend, who was a Jew.

— Franjo Tudjman

For me, a great fantasy is real people, a world I recognise, human struggle and magic. You’ve got to have magic to make a fantasy work. But I like my magic to be subtle. I don’t want magic coming out of the hands of wizards. I want it to be pervading, sinister somehow.

— Fiona McIntosh

It is fatal for any body of workers to have forever hanging from the fringes of its skirts other bodies on a level just below its own for that means continual pressure downward, additional difficulty to be overcome in the struggle to maintain reasonable rates of wages.

— Florence Kelley

And so many of the kinds of labels you get stuck with don’t really tell the story Progressive, Art Rock, Noise Music, Downtown – it ends up being a struggle to stay out of debates that other people are having around you.

— Fred Frith

I’ve been wanting to sing for a long time. I’ve been singing all my life, and I’ve tried different record companies, but it seemed like – it was such a struggle and so hard to get out there. So, I said, ‘I’m gonna go on American Idol and see how far it takes me.’

— Fantasia Barrino

Jihad’ can mean holy war to extremists, but it means struggle to the average Muslim.

— Feisal Abdul Rauf

Although we resolutely supported the armed struggle against Batista’s tyranny, we were, on principle, opposed to any terrorist action that could cause the death of innocent people.

— Fidel Castro

A hundred struggle and drown in the breakers. One discovers the new world. But rather, ten times rather, die in the surf, heralding the way to that new world, than stand idly on the shore.

— Florence Nightingale

For a believer, Christian faith is true to the human heart, not in the sense that any old thing we fancy believing in will become conveniently true – but because the complicated truth about our hearts, as we struggle to perceive it, tells us what we are and where we are, and consequently what we need.

— Francis Spufford

I don’t want to drive the markets crazy. I don’t want to create trouble, but rather order and rules and norms. We have to struggle against financial excesses, those who speculate with sovereign debt, those who develop financial products which have done so much harm.

— Francois Hollande

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

— Frederick Douglass

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

— Frederick Douglass

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error.

— Friedrich Schiller

Many may look at me and see mostly what I have lost. I struggle to speak, my eyesight’s not great, my right arm and leg are paralyzed, and I left a job I loved representing southern Arizona in Congress.

— Gabrielle Giffords

Black people need some peace. White people need some peace. And we are going to have to fight. We’re going to have to struggle. We’re going to have to struggle relentlessly to bring about some peace, because the people that we’re asking for peace, they are a bunch of megalomaniac warmongers, and they don’t even understand what peace means.

— Fred Hampton

My biggest thing has always been privacy. With an interview such as this where the questions are about me, I struggle to express myself. I have an immediate answer in my head of what I’d say, but sometimes I feel that it would be too honest. So these wheels of censorship start going around my head.

— Garrett Hedlund

If I thought that any of this was pre ordained, then it takes away any kind of incentive to struggle, or to put up with things, to reach for those impossible dreams, all those dramatic things.

— Gary Numan

I’m for all the actor’s struggle, the self-indulgent, painful journey, but I would rather have fun.

— Ginnifer Goodwin

You go through the Civil Rights struggle, everybody knew the songs – ‘We shall overcome.’ Everybody would sing it. Music helped us. James Brown, ‘Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.’ They helped black people figure out how to navigate what was a very treacherous place in America for them.

— Geoffrey Canada

There’s something in human nature, the trying-to-get-on-with-it quality of people, the struggle to maintain or keep the show going can be exhausting.

— Greg Kinnear

You are just in the middle of a struggle with words which are really very stubborn things, with a blank page, with the damn thing that you use to write with, a pen or a typewriter, and you forget all about the reader when you are doing that.

— Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I always look at films as real stories with real people in real situations. That’s why I struggle with the whole notion of calling someone the ‘good guy’ or the ‘bad guy’, because I think we all have potential to do good things and all have the potential to do bad things.

— Guy Pearce

Precious, she gets hit by life so many different ways and so many times, but she doesn’t yield to it. She continues to get up and she continues to struggle for a better life.

— Gabourey Sidibe

Without struggle, no progress and no result. Every breaking of habit produces a change in the machine.

— George Gurdjieff

Whenever I switch from one character to another, there’s always a few days where I really struggle because I’m changing voices and I’m changing ways of looking at the world. I’m not just flicking a switch it’s harder process than that.

— George R. R. Martin

Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy. I accepted everything, I believed everything, without struggle, without suffering, without regret, without false shame. How can one blush for what one adores?

— George Sand

The best thing that ever happened to me is that nothing happened in writing. I ended up working for engineering companies, and that’s where I found my material, in the everyday struggle between capitalism and grace. Being broke and tired, you don’t come home your best self.

— George Saunders

In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle. I did so because there was no alternative for those who would not bend the knee, or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who wanted a national republic.

— Gerry Adams

Your determination, selflessness and courage have brought the freedom struggle towards its fulfilment.

— Gerry Adams

I drive relatively fast – within the remits of the law, obviously – but I struggle with people who do stupid things on the road. I have a massive urge to shout expletives at them.

— Greg Rutherford

In ‘Happier at Home,’ I write a lot about my struggle to create an unhurried atmosphere at home.

— Gretchen Rubin

It was a struggle treating Claude Rains as my lover, but we were friendly. It was no great love affair.

— Gloria Stuart

In terms of the feeling of the piece, I cant think about what people are gonna think about it, what are the critics gonna say, I’m trying to bring some resolution, and realize that myself. It’s a struggle it’s a process that gets us this.

— Godfrey Reggio

Somebody That I Used to Know,’ like a lot of the record, was a bit of a struggle to finish. It was written fairly quickly – I wrote it in November 2010 – but it took six months to find Kimbra and really realize she was the right vocalist to make the female part come to life. There were constant hurdles.

— Gotye

Often, when you’ve reached a very high level of achievement, you almost become paralyzed by the idea that anything you might do might be imperfect. Perfection is just the striving, the effort, the struggle, but it’s hard to remember that.

— Gelsey Kirkland

Yet the wonder of it all is that, while engaged in a seemingly endless struggle, the Israelis have managed to turn a desert into a garden.

— George Ball

There are dozens of unfinished or aborted projects in my files, but I can only assume they don’t get done because they’re not robust enough to struggle through the birth process.

— Grant Morrison

It may be that the most interesting American struggle is the struggle to set oneself free from the limits one is born to, and then to learn something of the value of those limits.

— Greil Marcus

To be successful in struggle requires remembrance of the Creator and the doing of good deeds. This is important because successful struggle demands that there be a kind of social consciousness. There has to be a social commitment, a social consciousness that joins men together.

— H. Rap Brown

Look at the newborn baby. It struggles to breathe after living in the womb. And yet, growth comes as a result of struggle. Even when we talk about jihad. We need to attach consciousness to struggle. This struggle has to be both individual and collective.

— H. Rap Brown

The times may have changed, but the people are still the same. We’re still looking for love, and that will always be our struggle as human beings.

— Halle Berry

The way I see things, the way I see life, I see it as a struggle. And there’s a great deal of reward I have gained coming to that understanding – that existence is a struggle.

— Harvey Keitel

I don’t think about those things, really. I work hard on everything I do. Everything is a struggle, everything is hard, everything is difficult.

— Harvey Keitel

We got the vote, which we should’ve been born with, in 1920. Everything we’ve had to struggle for – it’s ridiculous.

— Helen Thomas

I have to struggle to change people’s perceptions of me. I grew very frustrated with the perception that I’m this shy, retiring, inhibited aristocratic creature when I’m absolutely not like that at all. I think I’m much more outgoing and exuberant than my image.

— Helena Bonham Carter

The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan.

— Henry A. Wallace

When we struggle, as so many do, in grinding poverty, or when our enemies prevail against us, or when sickness is not healed, the enemy of our souls can send his evil message that there is no God or that if He exists He does not care about us.

— Henry B. Eyring

One of the qualities of liberty is that, as long as it is being striven after, it goes on expanding. Therefore, the man who stands in the midst of the struggle and says, ‘I have it,’ merely shows by doing so that he has just lost it.

— Henrik Ibsen

Angela Davis’s legacy as a freedom fighter made her an enemy of the state under the increasingly neoliberal regimes of Nixon, Reagan and J. Edgar Hoover because she understood that the struggle for freedom was not only a struggle for political and individual rights but also for economic rights.

— Henry Giroux

Universities are some of the few places left where a struggle for the commons, for public life, if not democracy itself, can be made visible through the medium of collective voices and social movements energized by the need for a politics and way of life counter to authoritarian capitalism.

— Henry Giroux

One of the most important functions of jazz has been to encourage a hope for freedom, for people living in situations of intolerance or struggle.

— Herbie Hancock

Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.

— Herman Melville

And I think that, of course, there is some dysfunction of needing to be liked or noticed or to feel part of things, something going on there for most actors. For some there’s not and I think they really struggle with it.

— Hugh Jackman

I know a lot of people struggle with the idea of Jesus and their idea of God. I think, if you don’t even know what you’re praying to or who you’re praying to, based on what I know to be true, regardless, God’s always listening.

— Hailey Baldwin

If I had had to struggle at the beginning like most actors… I’d never have stuck it out. But having such complete success at the beginning, I was stuck with being an actor for life.

— Harry Morgan

Discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing.

— Henry Moore

I grew up with protests, marches, demonstrations, struggle. But I come from a clan of community workers.

— Hugh Masekela

But the question is to find and rear leaders that are really one with the masses. This can only be accomplished by the masses, the political parties and the Trade Unions, by means of the most severe struggle, also inwardly.

— Herman Gorter

My writing comes not from the happy moments, but from struggle and grief.

— Isabel Allende

I really don’t like to take the easy way out, if I can help it, on anything I do, I like to really make it a challenge. I don’t know how to create by taking the easy routes. I’ve tried, you know, I’ve tried to let myself, but I always struggle to compensate.

— Jack White

My mother tongue, Mende, is very expressive, very figurative, and when I write, I always struggle to find the English equivalent of things that I really want to say in Mende. For example, in Mende, you wouldn’t say ‘night came suddenly’ you would say ‘the sky rolled over and changed its sides.’

— Ishmael Beah

Sometimes you struggle so hard to feed your family one way, you forget to feed them the other way, with spiritual nourishment. Everybody needs that.

— James Brown

When the TV version of Annie came on, I was drawn to it. It was the struggle of this poor kid in this environment and how her life changed. It immediately resonated.

— Jay-Z

Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.

— John Burroughs

I made an awful mess of my first marriage. It was hard to live with me being me. I was so abnormal. I mean, most writers struggle. I hadn’t struggled. I couldn’t suddenly go down to the PEN Club and behave like a normal human being, because most of those guys were struggling to make a couple of thousand pounds a year.

— John le Carre

It is my writing dilemma. The world of spying is my genre. My struggle is to demystify, to de-romanticise the spook world, but at the same time harness it as a good story.

— John le Carre

The world of spying is my genre. My struggle is to demystify, to de-romanticise the spook world, but at the same time harness it as a good story.

— John le Carre

A journey is a person in itself no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip a trip takes us.

— John Steinbeck

The ones I pity are the ones who never stick out their neck for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, and never have the thrill of victory.

— Jonathan Kozol

People rarely speak of children you hear of ‘cohort groups’ and ‘standard variations,’ but you don’t hear much of boys who miss their cats or 6-year-olds who have to struggle with potato balls.

— Jonathan Kozol

My goal is to connect the young teachers to the old, to reignite their sense of struggle.

— Jonathan Kozol

My preference is for good writing. It doesn’t matter if it’s for film or TV. Whatever. It starts with the writing. Even though I’ve had problems with writers, it doesn’t matter how great of an actor you are. If the writing is bad, you’re going to struggle.

— James Nesbitt

In the struggle between capital and labor, more often than not capital has won, because the real source of value for most companies has historically been the hard assets that they owned and controlled.

— James Surowiecki

It is a struggle for though the black man fights passively, he nevertheless fights and his passive resistance is more effective at present than active resistance could possibly be. He bears the fury of the storm as does the willow tree.

— James Weldon Johnson

If the founder comes to work every day, and it’s a struggle, that permeates the whole organization.

— Jason Calacanis

I struggle with pride every day, but the one thing that I try to remind myself everyday is that I’m still a sinner no matter how many points/assists/win I get on the court.

— Jeremy Lin

Many of my characters struggle with loneliness, that is fair to say.

— Jhumpa Lahiri

Oh, God, food is a constant struggle for me. With exercise, I get my workout done, and I’m done until tomorrow. With food, I eat, and then an hour later I’m hungry again!

— Jillian Michaels

I suspect most politicians feel overwhelmed because people’s lives are a real struggle, full of unhappiness, and you would probably feel powerless to do anything about it.

— Jo Brand

I struggle as a writer, and I’m convinced that if I was at school now, I’d be termed as having ADS. Two minutes and I’m drifting.

— Johnny Vegas

It took me 11 years to struggle through one dumb book, and every day you just want to give up. But you don’t find out you’re an artist because you do something really well.

— Junot Diaz

There are a lot of great things about food, but it’s something that’s an eternal struggle in our contemporary society, where and how food is made, where it’s coming from, how much to consume. There are so many layers to it.

— Jami Attenberg

When you are born rich, you have all these options. You can pursue a career path that you find interesting there’s no need or pressure to start working to get funds just for survival, which is something a lot of people have to struggle with.

— Jamie Johnson

I’ve been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked. And even the angel Gabriel would struggle to survive with that hanging over his head. It’s inevitable that one day, someone, somewhere will say that I’ve offended them, and that will be that.

— Jeremy Clarkson

I think I’ve always had that struggle my whole life, of feeling a little bit more gender-neutral, feeling more comfortable as a creative person when I’m dressed like a boy, when I’m dressed more masculine.

— Jill Soloway

Normally, I think the people you would use on your first film, it would be a real struggle to bring them with you onto your television show. I just brought every single person with and expanded my little indie film world.

— Jill Soloway

Readers have told me that their children have learned to read after years of struggle after starting to read Garfield’s comic strip and many people who have moved to the United States have said that they, too, learned English by reading Garfield.

— Jim Davis

On the other hand, one factor helps us that no other liberation struggle in this region could count on – our liberation front is characterized by relatively highly developed class forces, tested in political struggles.

— Joe Slovo

Reality shows that, contrary to other countries in southern Africa, we have no basis for a classical guerilla struggle. We have never had a hinterland, and we do not expect to.

— Joe Slovo

Therefore, our fight must primarily be a political mass struggle with revolutionary goals.

— Joe Slovo

Imagine a country where the vast majority of seniors live in poverty, a country where for many there are no golden years, but a time of struggle and dependence. That was the United States before the creation of Social Security, which has proven to be one of the most effective and important government programs in our history.

— John Delaney

The struggle these veterans face receiving adequate care for PTSD and depression is a tragedy that needs to be addressed, which is why I cosponsored the Clay Hunt SAV Act.

— John Delaney

Reduced to its lowest terms, the great struggle which now rocks the whole earth more and more takes on the character of a struggle of the individual versus the state.

— J. Reuben Clark

We have to struggle against the conservatives from all sides, not only the right-wingers, but also the left-wing conservatives who don’t want to change anything.

— Jacques Delors

Some people suggest that the problem is the separation of powers. If you had a parliamentary system, the struggle for power would not result in such complex peace treaties that empower so many different people to pursue so many contradictory aims.

— James Q. Wilson

I had to find some clarity about approaching life more spiritually. I think I’m kind of dense, and it makes me pull the process into mind and struggle over it in finding the path.

— James Redfield

Going to the gym on my own I struggle with, but when I’m in there with a teammate or a group of guys, it’s the ultimate environment.

— James Spithill

I think all good writing is a struggle. To write as well as you feel you can has to be a struggle, almost by definition, because you could always improve.

— Jane Asher

A lot of weekend players struggle with putting because they have too much tension in their hands and arms, both at address and during the stroke. Tension can turn a technically perfect motion into a herky-jerky mess, especially on those knee-knockers.

— Jordan Spieth

I don’t know how many parts I’ve lost because a lot of the politics in California are very conservative, and I’m fairly outspoken. I always tried to get as much politics in as I could, because I do believe in class struggle, and I think that’s what’s left out.

— James Cromwell

The Piano Lesson’ is very sophisticated, easily the most adult or complex material I’ve attempted. It’s the first film I’ve written that has a proper story, and it was a big struggle for me to write. It meant I had to admit the power of narrative.

— Jane Campion

I love characters who are kind of haunted by their pasts, who struggle on despite their flaws, knowing that, at the end of the day, they’re not going to shuffle off to those pearly gates.

— Jason Aaron

Jihad is holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one’s community.

— John O. Brennan

Even when I was living below the poverty line as a novelist, I was still living better than 99.5% of the human population of the world. But in my little, soft realm of trying to amuse a few dozen middle-class people with my books and articles, I did struggle to survive in my own way.

— Jonathan Ames

Because I actually find the next take after they’ve controlled it a little bit and repressed the laughter is actually a really interesting take, because that’s still going on underneath the surface. That struggle to maintain composure becomes part of the joy of the scene.

— Jay Roach

Sometimes when I see a performance that really takes me, I struggle. How can I express this to this person, I want this person to know how I felt. I want to get this across, and it’s not very easy.

— John Astin

I think I’m more sympathetic to writers, to the work and the struggle and the craft of it, than when I was in graduate school at NYU and was very judgmental.

— John Searles

It’s always been a struggle to differentiate myself, but I like my parents. I enjoy doing events with them, and I don’t feel I should purposely avoid something just for the sake of being different.

— Jesse Kellerman

I think my dream would be to move into film, purely because there’s a definite beginning, middle and end to a project. I struggle a bit with such a big series that’s going all the time.

— Jessica Raine

The future is hidden by a dark impenetrable veil, and yet we struggle to pierce through it.

— Joseph Barber Lightfoot

I struggled in London for a very long time. ‘Be prepared to struggle a lot’ – it’s a European mentality. The American mentality is positive and ‘You can do it’ and ‘Everything’s possible.’ In Europe it’s an older, more realistic way of thinking. You feel like you’re having to prove that you can do it.

— Juan Pablo Di Pace

Sometimes I feel that in religious content, religious drama, it’s almost told like a tale, like an account of facts, and in ‘A.D. The Bible Continues,’ it’s drama, it’s real drama that we like to see on TV today, seeing the characters struggle and doubt and be completely in conflict with each other, kind of like ‘House of Cards.’

— Juan Pablo Di Pace

I do think that some of us began to realize that this was going to be a long struggle that was going to go on for decades, and you’d have to knuckle down. A lot of people in our generation did that. They didn’t drop out and run away.

— Julian Bond

I knew if I had to struggle, I couldn’t struggle in New York. My ego was too big for it. I couldn’t be a guy who is starving when I had a very successful business when I was young.

— Jeremy Luke

I have generally sought to work on questions that I thought were both interesting and approachable, yet not too widely appreciated. To struggle to make discoveries that would be made by others a short time later seems futile to me.

— Jack W. Szostak

We may not have demon fathers dangling offers of infernal power before us, but everyone understands what it means to struggle with temptation or resist the urge to give in to our baser natures.

— Jacqueline Carey

Our struggle is to identify the sources of revenue and the means to obtain the funds. Without funds, all the planning and research studies can’t help us.

— John Breaux

I know if I react, and I want to get mad, and emotions come to the surface, I think quickly of my friends who have died and how they overcame their struggle and used their cancer and their lives for the betterment of mankind, and it sets me back in place.

— Justin Baldoni

When an actor doesn’t face a conflict, he loses confidence in himself. I always want to have a struggle because I believe it will help me accomplish more.

— John Garfield

I have stood on the front lines of the health care system as a doctor, patient and concerned parent. Those experiences have served as my guideposts throughout the struggle to reform America’s health care system. And it’s those same experiences that tell me that fear and election hysteria should not overshadow the reality of reform.

— Jim McDermott

I have people in my family with bipolar disorder, and for years I’ve watched them struggle with the disorder’s extreme moods and often devastating consequences.

— Jenna Blum

It was an ongoing struggle to say no, I don’t want to be a part of the perpetuation of this stereotype.

— John Amos

I can assure you, that the gallant hearts that throb beneath its sacred folds, will only be content, when this glorious banner is planted first and foremost in the coming struggle for our independence.

— John B. Hood

I’d prefer to be good, but I’m not always. I struggle.

— Laura Marling

I’ve always thought my strengths were I’m smart, and I have a good sense of humor. I definitely struggle with feeling confident.

— Lauren Graham

I struggle with deciding when to answer or ignore the constant speculation about my private life, because I feel like that doesn’t belong to anybody but me.

— Lauren London

We’ve fallen down on our responsibility to our children by somehow creating this world where they’re surrounded by images of sexuality and yet, we as adults struggle to talk to kids honestly about sex, the rules of dignity and consent.

— Laurie Halse Anderson

I’ve learned that getting what you want gives you a pretty high batting average, and leaves you plenty to struggle for.

— Loretta Young

A lot of the struggle I had with movies is I really loved moments and tones and feelings in a scene, and I loved creating those, but I never really had great stories to string them together.

— Louis C. K.

We are all gifted, but we have to discover the gift, uncover the gift, nurture and develop the gift and use it for the Glory of God and for the liberation struggle of our people.

— Louis Farrakhan

A brother who recognizes that we have shortcomings, we, in the struggle, have faults, and that he wanted to reconcile differences.

— Louis Farrakhan

I think it is important that you have people from all different vanguards, from all different walks of society and different viewpoints to be focused on the struggle for equality and democracy. We need as many champions for the cause and as many events as possible to help keep this in focus.

— Lupe Fiasco

It’s not a matter of if economies around the world becoming low-carbon, but when and how: through struggle and strife or through advancement and progressive leadership. Larry Elliot described it today as the ‘Green New Deal.’ It’s a leadership we in Britain can provide, and from which our economy can benefit.

— Lucy Powell

In my opinion, the Doha Round is the most important thing that we can do to reduce inequalities, create opportunities, and develop the poorest countries, face up to the struggle against terrorism and strengthen democracy.

— Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

The MLK Shabbat Suppers focused on the theme of educational inequity, which Dr. King considered inextricably linked to the struggle for equality and justice.

— Lynn Schusterman

I grew up on a farm in Oregon, an adopted child, with one sibling, and parents the age of all my peers’ grandparents. We lived in isolation from the people around us, and it was always a struggle to cope with as a child. The heart can really expire under those conditions. I always felt like I was looking at the world from the outside.

— Larry Harvey

Well it seems to me, that all real communities grow out of a shared confrontation with survival. Communities are not produced by sentiment or mere goodwill. They grow out of a shared struggle. Our situation in the desert is an incubator for community.

— Larry Harvey

My characters are not role-model Muslims, but they struggle to make choices using Muslim logic.

— Leila Aboulela

It’s hard enough to get any movie made, and when you take on these tough genres – and I’ve done it a couple times – it just makes the whole struggle more.

— Lawrence Kasdan

Yes, I’m very close to my family. And being that close to your family, I think you also struggle with how to become your own person.

— Linda Cardellini

Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval, a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.

— Louise J. Kaplan

When I was 17 years old, I put out an album while my mother was dying of cancer. That right there alone is a struggle. That’s hard. That’s tough for anybody.

— Lil Mama

Both the historian and the novelist view history as the struggle of a tiny minority, able and determined to make judgments, which is up against a vast and densely packed majority of the blind, who are led by their instincts and unable to think for themselves.

— Lion Feuchtwanger

I have drawn inspiration from the Marine Corps, the Jewish struggle in Palestine and Israel, and the Irish.

— Leon Uris

I’m a big John Steinbeck fan. Cormac McCarthy. I’ve always loved the stories of regular people. Mark Twain, too. When you look back at some of the epic writers of our country’s history, very rarely do you find upper-class royalty. We seem to delve into the struggle of life and the labor of life much more frequently.

— Lucas Neff

I’ve always been very interested in the struggle for human rights, not just here but abroad, and I wanted to be an inside player in that struggle. I wanted to make the laws reflect our ideals and ideas in this democracy that is America.

— Leah Ward Sears

I am convinced that in the upcoming chapter of the struggle, I can be more useful to the inevitable change that will soon come to Cuba, to Cuba’s freedom, as a private citizen dedicated to helping the heroes within Cuba.

— Lincoln Diaz-Balart

I have a very sharp tongue, I’m very impatient, and it’s a lifelong struggle.

— Karen Armstrong

During the 19th-century struggle for women’s rights in America, many saw a competition between rights for black people and those for women.

— Karen DeCrow

I don’t think there is anything unusual about my struggle. It’s a very typical struggle where you meet bad people, and then you meet good people, and then you finally have a breakthrough.

— Kangana Ranaut

As the ancient commander addressed his soldiers before battle, so should the moralist speak to men in the struggle of the era.

— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

In our struggle to restrain the violence and contain the damage, we tend to forget that the human capacity for aggression is more than a monstrous defect, that it is also a crucial survival tool.

— Katherine Dunn

It’s ridiculous having the pros in an amateur sport, but at the same time, there’s a lot of pros who are going to struggle over three rounds.

— Katie Taylor

My folks ain’t graduated from high school or nothing like that, so we always had to struggle in the family – and I come from a big family.

— Kendrick Lamar

Acting is a strange profession, and, yes, sometimes I struggle with its worth, its value in the world.

— Keri Russell

I do struggle with how much and in which way, as an artist or celebrity, that you voice your political views.

— Kevin Bacon

Ultimately, my books are not about the politics, although the toil and the struggle and the wars in Afghanistan have a significant impact on the lives of my characters.

— Khaled Hosseini

It is wrong to try to avoid the struggle against imperialism under the pretext that independence and revolution are important, but that peace is still more precious.

— Kim Il-sung

The peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America have common interest and are in the position to support each other in their anti-imperialist and anti-U.S. struggle. As long as Africa and Latin America are not free.

— Kim Il-sung

A man who dreads trials and difficulties cannot become a revolutionary. If he is to become a revolutionary with an indomitable fighting spirit, he must be tempered in the arduous struggle from his youth. As the saying goes, early training means more than late earning.

— Kim Jong Il

I faced quite a few challenging times, and in front of those, I was more positive than some people not facing those conditions. I’m actually of the belief now that it is that struggle that offers you that open-hearted hope.

— K’naan

Writing about a person whose struggle you wish you could solve is an act of compassion and also, frankly, opportunism.

— Karen Bender

Class struggle: external peace, international solidarity, peace among peoples. This is the sacred slogan of international socialist democracy that liberates nations.

— Karl Liebknecht

In capitalist history, invasion and class struggle are not opposites, as the official legend would have us believe, but one is the means and the expression of the other.

— Karl Liebknecht

Just as invasion is the true and tried weapon in the hands of capital against the class struggle, so on the other hand the fearless pursuit of the class struggle has always proven the most effective preventative of foreign invasions.

— Karl Liebknecht

When you are covering a life-or-death struggle, as British reporters were in 1940, it is legitimate and right to go along with military censorship, and in fact in situations like that there wouldn’t be any press without the censorship.

— Kate Adie

Unlike films, which can be easily disseminated worldwide via DVDs and the Internet, plays struggle to find an international audience.

— Katori Hall

I think right now the jury is out on where and how much profit is available in the consumer electronics industry, because if you look at the current consumer electronics players, the biggest ones on the planet struggle to make profit consistently.

— Kevin Rollins

If America would withdraw from South Korea, there could be a power struggle between such as China and Japan.

— Kim Dae Jung

Having achieved my own dreams, I want to give to kids who are less fortunate, who struggle with everyday obstacles. I want to give them something positive in their lives: support.

— Kristi Yamaguchi

Working pretty much nonstop as an artist, the hardest thing is to know what to do with yourself when you have some time off. You struggle with yourself to take a vacation.

— Karen O

There are recurring elements in popularized fairy tales, such as absent parents, some sort of struggle, a transformation, and a marriage. If you look at a range of stories, you find many stories about marriage, sexual initiation, abandonment. The plots often revolve around what to me seem to be elemental fears and desires.

— Kate Bernheimer

Feminism, unlike almost every other social movement, is not a struggle against a distinct oppressor – it’s not the ruling class or the occupiers or the colonizers – it’s against a deeply held set of beliefs and assumptions that we women, far too often, hold ourselves.

— Kavita Ramdas

Ours is one continued struggle against degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir, whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness.

— Mahatma Gandhi

The philosophy of life is this: Life is not a struggle, not a tension… Life is bliss. It is eternal wisdom, eternal existence.

— Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.

— Mao Zedong

Have you ever noticed that when you must struggle to hear something, you close your eyes?

— Marilyn vos Savant

Since being in India, I am more convinced than ever before that the method of nonviolent resistance is the most potent weapon available to oppressed people in their struggle for justice and human dignity.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Women are degraded by the propensity to enjoy the present moment, and, at last, despise the freedom which they have not sufficient virtue to struggle to attain.

— Mary Wollstonecraft

It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.

— Maya Angelou

A black person grows up in this country – and in many places – knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone.

— Maya Angelou

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.

— Maya Angelou

When all is said and done, it looks like the Palestinians have been massively robbed and abused, and are engaged in a desperate struggle for survival and liberation. Israel, on the other hand, would appear to be conducting an imperialistic campaign of oppression supported and substantially armed by the most powerful nation on earth.

— Michael Leunig

If there ever is a struggle, making a good movie will always supersede the need to be noble.

— Michael Moore

A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals.

— Michael Pollan

There is no struggle, rift, fight between those who claim the banner of the tea party and those who are in the Republican Party. We work together.

— Michael Steele

Every now and then you get a nice Jewish kid who likes black people and they would come in, and it would be a stream of them, and have black friends and really feel the black struggle on the acting tip and it’s a reason why all of us are not dying in the movie.

— Mike Epps

Being veterans of the struggle to push back against fundamentalist Christians, American liberals are well acquainted with the pitfalls of the neoconservative flirtation with the religious-right.

— Maajid Nawaz

The best antidote to poverty remains simple – a paycheck. Policies like paid family leave, workplace flexibility and affordable quality childcare can make the difference for two-parent or single-parent working families who struggle to make ends meet.

— Madeleine M. Kunin

Had Elizabeth Bennet known how wildly Darcy’s heart beat for her, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ would barely have made it into a short story. Their torturously slow-burning romance is a classic example of how men and women still struggle to communicate the most basic of emotions.

— Mariella Frostrup

I’m real strong, and I’m also real feminine, and I don’t find a struggle having those two things under one roof.

— Mary Steenburgen

On the first day I got my wheelchair, I was also given all my clothes for the next day, a little pile on the chair. I was so proud of myself for getting it all on – the socks and everything. Dressing is a struggle, and it can take up to an hour and a half.

— Michael Graves

We are in a struggle against the forces of radical Islam and terror, which must be defeated for our children and our grandchildren.

— Mike McCaul

I didn’t give myself enough love, so I was searching for it in other places, and it was a never ending struggle.

— Mike Posner

Look at my success. I didn’t achieve it overnight. It has been the product of many years’ struggle, and every year, my times have shown gradual improvement.

— Mo Farah

All of us, in a sense, struggle continuously all the time, because we never get what we want. The important thing which I’ve really learned is how do you not give up, because you never succeed in the first attempt.

— Mukesh Ambani

When I do Pilates, or when I do work out, I feel better all day. Yet I still struggle to keep it on my schedule.

— Maria Bello

I personally really sympathise with the Maori cause – what’s gone on historically and their struggle today as a culture, and how they hold on to that identity and stand up for what’s rightfully theirs.

— Martin Henderson

In the African-American community, we struggle with a lot of health problems that have a lot to do with our diet.

— Marvin Sapp

We all must make hatemongers unwelcome in our towns and communities. And we must stand by the heroes in this struggle, the police and county prosecutors who stand up to the extremists.

— Max Baucus

A lot of people struggle in their younger years, and I think people can relate to that.

— Matthew Lewis

Whatever struggle happened between brothers, let us forget about it and turn the page forever and live united.

— Muqtada al Sadr

I rejected the armed struggle because, as a Christian, I am committed to a nonviolent and peaceful struggle. But people take their own initiatives, because it is a Lebanon type of situation here.

— Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger.

— Michael N. Castle

We can’t have investors buying four apartments while young couples struggle to raise another 5,000 shekels for a home. I appeal to investors: Think about these young couples, and invest your money elsewhere.

— Moshe Kahlon

There’s always been a struggle with filmmakers between art and industry, and you have to find a balance.

— Michel Hazanavicius

I wanted to express myself. I wanted to be creative and I didn’t want to worry about someone bossing me around in the process. You have to struggle no matter where you are to get to where you’re going, so I’m like, working it honey!

— Michelle Rodriguez

The universe, in a big bang mode, is still expanding, which means it’s cooling down, and evolution seems to be going against this we’re almost battling it. That led me on to a more creative, philosophical way of thinking, which is what led into influencing some of the songs, which is, maybe this is what our struggle is.

— Matt Bellamy

Lately Fish and I have been hooking up more, which is a good thing because it’s just been a struggle for me as a bass player to play with someone who’s so creative on the drums, and lately it’s been really good, especially during sound checks.

— Mike Gordon

I was in jail four and a half years. When I came out, I continued the same struggle against injustice, but instead of using weapons, I began to use art and cinema.

— Mohsen Makhmalbaf

A lot of the people that stop you – well, they’re not nuts, exactly. They’re more like super-fans. They think that I’m some sort of rich guy, that everyone in the movies is making the kind of money Angelina Jolie is making. They don’t realize that most of my life has been a struggle.

— Mark Margolis

I have a small Thai boy who dresses me and every year I let him pick what campaign I am going to work on. It saves me having to worry about it and, bless him, it makes him feel involved in the struggle for global liberation.

— Mark Thomas

Over 120 Aboriginal communities run their own health services – some have been doing so for 30 years. They struggle with difficult medical problems. They also try to deal with counselling, stolen generations issues, family relationships, violence, suicide prevention.

— Malcolm Fraser

I think the whole mission of being here on Earth is to accept what you have, and my journey was to accept my own life and not pretend anything else. I think that’s what we all struggle with.

— Michael Nyqvist

I’ve found in my own life, if you try to struggle against what the universe is telling you, you set yourself up for more of a battle.

— Michael Stuhlbarg

We all struggle. Life is not fun. A lot of times, it’s really painful and hard. Sometimes it’s really funny. ‘Foxcatcher’ is kind of like a metaphor for that.

— Mark Schultz

My struggle over the years has constantly been, it only takes 10 minutes, or an average shower, to come up with a mini-series or two, but it takes a year to draw them. So for me, it’s been just trying to find a way to get all these ideas and all these incidents on paper.

— Mike Mignola

Unfortunately this earth is not a fairy-land, but a struggle for life, perfectly natural and therefore extremely harsh.

— Martin Bormann

I have always fought for ideas – until I learned that it isn’t ideas but grief, struggle, and flashes of vision which enlighten.

— Margaret Anderson

Hardest of all for Europeans to negotiate are traditional African religions, whose transactions with unseen powers are central to the running of life in many areas, the main weapon in the struggle against the forces of evil.

— Neil MacGregor

America faces a fundamental choice: either the blessings of liberty or the servitude of liberalism. In the political struggle for survival, one or the other is headed for extinction.

— Nancy Pearcey

Once you make it to your point of making it, you’ll appreciate the struggle.

— Nas

I had to struggle with the language. I can understand Hindi now, but I still can’t communicate. And things get lost in translation I feel rejected all the time.

— Nargis Fakhri

I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender. Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.

— Nelson Mandela

At the outset, I want to say that the suggestion that the struggle in South Africa is under the influence of foreigners or communists is wholly incorrect. I have done whatever I did because of my experience in South Africa and my own proudly felt African background, and not because of what any outsider might have said.

— Nelson Mandela

You have to struggle a bit, hustle a little, and be willing to go bankrupt. Once you’re willing to do that, everything opens up and you get the freedom. My joke is that next year, I’ll make the first film that costs zero dollars.

— Nick Nolte

One of the easiest shots in golf is chipping. It should be the easiest. It’s like throwing a ball or pitching pennies. It’s easy. And I struggle with that, and the struggle is all mental.

— Nick Saban

My mum did really well raising me and my brother by herself. I know it was a struggle, and even from a young age, when I was boxing, it was always to make my mother proud.

— Nicola Adams

I do struggle to identify an occasion when I was held back because I’m a woman… You don’t think about it at the time, but looking back at it, of course.

— Nicola Sturgeon

There was a village watercolour society and they’d come and paint in my field. I watched them from the window, the way they would struggle this way and that to find the perfect moment. God has made every angle on that beautiful, and I felt that tremendously.

— Nicolas Roeg

I think that the most difficult thing is allowing yourself to be loved, so receiving the love and feeling like you deserve it is a pretty big struggle. I suppose that’s what I’ve learnt recently, to allow myself to be loved.

— Nicole Kidman

I feel like love is the thing we were created for, yet it’s the place we struggle the most.

— Niecy Nash

For Brie and I – we were just ‘model tired.’ I was told to get a boob job I was told to lose weight. Brie and I had a big struggle… Brie and I legit hopped in our cars, went to Georgia, jumped in a ring, and said, ‘Hey, you’re going to sign us. We want to be here.’ I know everyone thinks it was really easy for us, but it wasn’t.

— Nikki Bella

Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.

— Ninon de L’Enclos

We are beginning to see a fundamental outrage at the whole interconnected mess of a system: at energy companies who record massive profits, yet allow pensioners to struggle to stay warm in winter at CEOs who can earn up to a 1,000 times the salary of their average worker and soon, any day now, at those politicians who allowed this to happen.

— Noreena Hertz

The Indonesian nationalists, mainly Javanese, who threw the Dutch out – in 1949, after a four-year struggle – were keen to preserve their inheritance and emulated the coercion, deceit, and bribery of the colonial rulers.

— Pankaj Mishra

While the struggle for religious liberty had proceeded without large-scale bloodshed in New England and elsewhere in the United States, the struggle for political liberty had not fared so well.

— Paul Harris

Through the years I have received my share of recognition for efforts in the fields of sports, the arts, the struggle for full citizenship for the Negro people, labor’s rights and the fight for peace.

— Paul Robeson

I said it was my feeling that the American people would struggle for peace, and that has since been underscored by the President of these United States.

— Paul Robeson

I sometimes struggle, because my job is like the antithesis of what surfing is all about. Surfing’s simple. It’s real.

— Paul Walker

Critical and liberating dialogue, which presupposes action, must be carried on with the oppressed at whatever the stage of their struggle for liberation. The content of that dialogue can and should vary in accordance with historical conditions and the level at which the oppressed perceive reality.

— Paulo Freire

When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.

— Pearl S. Buck

The historic nature of Israel’s struggle for self-determination, freedom, and prosperity underscores the gravity of their circumstances and fortifies my commitment to America’s responsibility as their ally.

— Pete Hegseth

Drawing is the only thing I’ve found in which I can lose myself completely. I love it. It started as something that relaxed me, but now it’s a struggle because I’m pushing myself. The day-to-day sketching is fraught.

— Peter Capaldi

The less you struggle with a problem, the more it’s likely to solve itself. The less time you spend frantically running around, the more productive you are likely to be.

— Pico Iyer

The Church must actualize, be present in the public debate, in our struggle for a true concept of liberty and peace.

— Pope Benedict XVI

Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.

— Paul Tournier

Much has been accomplished during the last year in the campaign against terrorism. This struggle will require vigilance, perseverance and sacrifice for many years to come.

— Paul Cellucci

The struggle for Zimbabwe lit up the imagination of people around the world. In London, New York, Accra and Lagos, bell-bottomed men and women with big hair and towering platform shoes sang the dream of Zimbabwe in the words of the eponymous song by Bob Marley: Every man has the right to decide his own destiny.

— Petina Gappah

Art’s power of persuasion resides in the small personal details of one’s own story, and if it weren’t for my struggle with dyslexia, I doubt I’d ever have become a writer or known how to teach others to write.

— Philip Schultz

As screenwriters, we struggle with our own success. We have wallpapered our world and now we can’t get anyone to notice the picture we just hung.

— Paul Schrader

I justified it in so many ways. I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality.

— Portia de Rossi

When I was 15, I changed my name legally. I think it was largely due to my struggle about being gay. Everything just didn’t fit, and I was trying to find things I could identify myself with, and it started with my name.

— Portia de Rossi

It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win.

— Phil Ochs

Because I’ve lived a risky and unconventional life, I don’t often struggle for subjects to write about.

— Poe Ballantine

This uprising of 1976-77 was, of course, the historic watershed… Within a short period of time, it propelled into the forefront of our struggle millions of young people.

— Oliver Tambo

The struggle to conquer oppression in our country is the weaker for the traditionalist, conservative, and primitive restraints imposed on women by man-dominated structures within our movement, as also because of equally traditionalist attitudes of surrender and submission on the part of women.

— Oliver Tambo

For a man of my generation, our century has been a long intellectual and political struggle in favor of freedom.

— Octavio Paz

I have superfine, superoily hair, so my struggle is always trying to get the volume I want. I end up not doing much with it ever.

— Odette Annable

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

— Oprah Winfrey

A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.

— Orison Swett Marden

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.

— Orison Swett Marden

Live in the very soul of expectation of better things, in the conviction that something large, grand, and beautiful will await you if your efforts are intelligent, if your mind is kept in a creative condition and you struggle upward to your goal.

— Orison Swett Marden

There is nothing in this world which men desire and struggle for, and that is good for them, of which there is not enough for everybody.

— Orison Swett Marden

All of my life I have stayed away from violence and the instruments of violence, and have seen a legal, democratic struggle as the only means to achieve change.

— Osman Baydemir

I have an assistant who’s very good at email, so I don’t struggle with it.

— Quentin Blake

Fate determines many things, no matter how we struggle.

— Otto Weininger

I am self-conscious, and I’m aware of my body. But I struggle with America’s limited idea of what perfection is.

— Rene Russo

To be honest, I struggle with words. I often forget them, you know, the official ones. Instead, I make words up. I use home-made words that sound similar to the real thing. Usually, they’re some sort of confused hybrid of two existing words.

— Rhys Darby

I think there were times when, if circumstances had developed, I might have been tempted into politics. I am a fan of Tony Blair. I think Gordon Brown is a fine man, but I think he’s headed for one hell of a bloody struggle.

— Richard Attenborough

When you’re making a movie, you don’t think about the outcome. That’s something I’m grateful for: whenever I go and do a new project, I never think about the outcome. It’s always just about the work at hand. That’s the fun part. The other part is always something I’ve had a struggle with, which is promoting the film. I know it’s important.

— Robert Redford

You ask any moviemaker what their favorite movie experience was, and they’ll say it was one of the first ones, where everyone had to pitch in and do everything together, and you had to struggle.

— Robert Rodriguez

What does it mean to truly believe in America? To wave a flag? Or to struggle toward a more searching alternative to the shallowness of the flag-wavers – to criticize, to interrogate, to analyze, to dissent?

— Rick Perlstein

I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.

— Robert Burns

In his State of the Union speech in January 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt declared America’s commitment to Four Freedoms in the struggle against Nazi totalitarianism. Among them was the freedom from fear.

— Robert Dallek

It’s no wonder the Tory Party opposed identity cards, since so many of them struggle to find an identity at all.

— Rory Bremner

Whether straight, gay, bi, trans… body image and identity can be a struggle for us all.

— Ruby Rose

In all of us, there is a struggle between the good and the bad. It makes it more palpable and real to play such people as an actor.

— Randeep Hooda

Well, I believe that the depth of your struggle can determine the height of your success. I was inspired to come out of everything I’ve been through and end up in a place where I never thought that I would be.

— R. Kelly

If there’s no fire, there’s no scream. If there’s no scream, then no one hears you and no one comes to help you in the first place. The depth of my struggle has definitely determined the height of my success. To be able to teach my kids not just about success but about the struggle that comes with it.

— R. Kelly

I’ve had my share of struggle. I believe, never take success to your head or failure to your heart.

— Randeep Hooda

I feel impressed to counsel those engaged in personal challenges to do right. In particular, my heart reaches out to those who feel discouraged by the magnitude of their struggle.

— Russell M. Nelson

I’ve always had sort of an interest in American history, full stop, and especially people who contributed to the civil rights struggle.

— Ruth Negga

Wonder is that possession of the mind that enchants the emotions while never surrendering reason. It is a grasp on reality that does not need constant high points in order to be maintained, nor is it made vulnerable by the low points of life’s struggle.

— Ravi Zacharias

In 1958, my father invested everything he had in a business venture and became the largest automobile dealership in Chicago for Ford’s new Edsel line. But Edsel sales plummeted and my father fell into bankruptcy. I watched him struggle working long hours to protect us from poverty.

— Radhanath Swami

It makes me nuts, the idea that if you put a political struggle at the heart of your book, then it has to be that the author – me – is trying in some way to push my views onto my readers.

— Ruth Ozeki

I think Shakespeare is like a dialect. If I heard a broad Scots accent, I’d probably struggle at first but then I’d start to look for words I recognise and I’d get the gist. I think Shakespeare is like that.

— Ralph Fiennes

Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil.

— Robert Anton Wilson

I believe the ability to think is blessed. If you can think about a situation, you can deal with it. The big struggle is to keep your head clear enough to think.

— Richard Pryor

The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have befriended and supported all those who seek independence and a better way of life.

— Robert Kennedy

Social democracy seeks and finds the ways, and particular slogans, of the workers’ struggle only in the course of the development of this struggle, and gains directions for the way forward through this struggle alone.

— Rosa Luxemburg

Obama’s not down for the civil rights struggle, and he certainly wasn’t down for the apartheid struggle, but he’s clearly gonna take advantage of it and insert himself in such a way as to make it look like he is single-handedly responsible for apartheid going by the wayside.

— Rush Limbaugh

No one in al-Nahda believes that jihad is a way to impose Islam on the world. But we believe that jihad is self-control, is social and political struggle, and even military jihad is only a way to defend oneself in the case of aggression.

— Rashid al-Ghannushi

I’ve struggled a lot to get where I am. I initially got rejected by every producer. But no complaints. I enjoyed each and every moment of the struggle. My first break came in 1997 from Krishna Vamsi and then Puri Jagannadh, who is my closest friend. I owe everything I am to him. Our careers have evolved simultaneously.

— Ravi Teja

To create a fully formed character full of life, struggle, and humanity is tough.

— Roberto Aguire

The more rarefied a life you live, the easier it is to think that those who don’t share it could be demonised. To find the common humanity becomes more of a struggle the more you surround yourself with nice things.

— Rory Kinnear

It is certain that, because the negligent do not struggle against self, they never achieve peace of soul or do so tardily, and never possess any virtue in its fullness, while the energetic and industrious make notable advances on both fronts.

— Saint Ignatius

The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.

— Samuel Smiles

I feel like there is a part of me that represents a minority in the U.S., a minority around the world. People who struggle, people who want to succeed with drive and ambition.

— Shakira

When you don’t come from struggle, gaining appreciation is a quality that’s difficult to come by.

— Shania Twain

My heart goes out to the brave citizens of Syria, who each day risk and even sacrifice their lives to achieve freedom from a murderous regime. We in Israel welcome the historic struggle to forge democratic, peace-loving governments in our region.

— Shimon Peres

It is nothing short of baffling to me how a city like Melbourne, where I struggle to find accessible facilities on a very regular basis, could be considered the most livable city in the world. I suppose it all depends on what makes a city ‘livable’ for you.

— Stella Young

Growing up, it was kind of a struggle being small, since everyone would make fun of you – except for when it came to hide and seek: that’s the only advantage I ever had!

— Simone Biles

All judges have cases that touch our passions deeply, but we all struggle constantly with remaining impartial.

— Sonia Sotomayor

Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth – look at the dying man’s struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.

— Soren Kierkegaard

To be sure, those who are actually engaged in combat – those who actually see the maimed bodies and mourning mothers – struggle more than the rest of us to make sense of the reality of war.

— Stanley Hauerwas

In a bid for change, we have to take off our coats, be prepared to lose our comfort and security, our jobs and positions of prestige, and our families… A struggle without casualties is no struggle.

— Steven Biko

I think that communism was a major force for violence for more than 100 years, because it was built into its ideology – that progress comes through class struggle, often violent.

— Steven Pinker

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.

— Swami Sivananda

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

— Swami Vivekananda

To think, I have had more than 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, and then to die without it seems so cruel.

— Susan B. Anthony

Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

I struggle if I have chaos around me, but at the same time, if I don’t have it, I’m uncomfortable. It’s a strange thing: If I don’t have chaos, I create it.

— Sam Taylor-Wood

Don’t struggle about the struggle. In other words, life’s full of ups and downs. So if you’re struggling, don’t worry, everyone else has or will at some point.

— Sean Covey

The struggle against terrorists in the territory of Syria should be structured in cooperation with the Syrian government, which clearly stated its readiness to join it.

— Sergei Lavrov

I could wear makeup today, and one person would say it looks bland, another would say it looks fake, and another might tell me I look really natural. Everyone is convinced their opinion is the truth, and that’s what I struggle against.

— Sheena Iyengar

There will be days when you feel defeated, exhausted, and plain old beat-up by life’s whiplash. People you love will disappoint you – and you will disappoint them. You’ll probably struggle with some kind of mortal appetite. Some days it will feel as though the veil between Heaven and Earth is made of reinforced concrete.

— Sheri L. Dew

In places like Glasgow and Newcastle, audiences have a tradition of being amusingly combative. But they’re not trying to ruin the act, they’re trying to give you a challenge. It’s like a cat playing with a mouse – the cat doesn’t want the mouse to die, it wants to keep it alive for its own amusement and to be entertained by its struggle.

— Stewart Lee

I hate imperialism. I detest colonialism. And I fear the consequences of their last bitter struggle for life. We are determined that our nation, and the world as a whole, shall not be the plaything of one small corner of the world.

— Sukarno

In ‘Love Story,’ Oliver Barrett IV comes from generations of wealth and privilege, but when he meets working-class Jennifer Cavilleri, he can’t resist. When they marry, his father disowns him, but they struggle on in love, until she’s diagnosed with cancer and they can’t afford the costly treatments.

— Susan Straight

One of the benefits for me of starting late in this business is I realised that if acting was the only thing I could do, I would struggle, so I always wrote as well.

— Sanjeev Bhaskar

Of all the things we have done, the most important – the one that history will record as the principal contribution of our generation – is that we understand how to turn the armed struggle into a Revolution that we realized that it was essential to create a new mentality to build a new society.

— Samora Machel

There is a lot of struggle in being an actor you need so much emotional strength, no matter what level of stardom you have, that it’s nice to have something steady.

— Sanaa Lathan

I write everywhere. I’ve written books while I was on planes, at Disney World, and in multiple countries of which I am not a native. It can be a struggle to make word count sometimes, but I will persevere!

— Seanan McGuire

You see, it took me so long, it was such a struggle, to move myself out of musicals – because I had had a success, nobody wanted to allow me to direct a non-musical picture. It was so hard. And the only way I could get it going was to become a producer myself.

— Stanley Donen

You could say Shakespeare is so extraordinary precisely because he was so ordinary. He had all the usual anxieties and understandings of what it is to have children, lose children, get married, struggle to make a living and so on.

— Simon Callow

I have loved football as an almost mythic game since I was in the fourth grade. To me, the game wasn’t even grounded in reality. The uniform turned you into a warrior. Being on a team, the mythology of physical combat, the struggle against the elements, the narrative of the game.

— Steve Sabol

Religious power, which, as I have already said, frequently identifies itself with political power, has always been a protagonist of this bitter struggle, even when it seemingly was neutral.

— Salvatore Quasimodo

There is good and there is bad in every human heart, and it is the struggle of life to conquer the bad with the good.

— Susan Glaspell

A struggle, to the person experiencing it, is a struggle.

— Susan Minot

Different people call me different things. In America, people really struggle with my name, so I don’t have a nickname as such. I’ve had Sharlito, Sheldon, Charldo, really interesting variations on the name.

— Sharlto Copley

In America, people really struggle with my name, so I don’t have a nickname as such. I’ve had Sharlito, Sheldon, Charldo, really interesting variations on the name. Some of them can get it, but many can’t.

— Sharlto Copley

I’m a classic stress-eater, so I know a lot about how eating can become a way of hiding from what’s really wrong. I escape into food. But some people escape into books. Some into relationships that might not be good for them. The three main characters in ‘The Sugar Queen’ struggle with each of these comforts-turned-crutches.

— Sarah Addison Allen

I relate to what Gov. Romney brings. I know what it means to balance a budget. I know what it means to write a paycheck and not only cash one. I know what it means to create a job, and I know what it means to struggle with my business every day in terms of keeping our doors open any day but definitely in a difficult economy.

— Sher Valenzuela

Ireland and its people have much to be proud of. Yet every land and its people have moments of shame. Dealing with the failures of our past, as a country, as a Church, or as an individual is never easy. Our struggle to heal the wounds of decades of violence, injury and painful memory in Northern Ireland are more than ample evidence of this.

— Sean Brady

I’ll always struggle over saying I’m a writer, even if I won the Booker Prize.

— Sonya Hartnett

I believe in struggle. And I believe that the struggle is beautiful. You have to try it, or you will never know what’s beyond it.

— Scott Cohen

The struggle is always worthwhile, if the end be worthwhile and the means honorable foreknowledge of defeat is not sufficient reason to withdraw from the contest.

— Steven Brust

I think I would struggle with any job if it was purely about effects. Even as a viewer, those aren’t the kind of things that interest me. I think ultimately you have to be connected to characters and their relationships. Otherwise, it’s not drama to me.

— Shelley Conn

I think I would struggle with any job if it was purely about effects. Even as a viewer, those aren’t the kind of things that interest me.

— Shelley Conn

Well, today, we are in the struggle brought on to us by the terrorists of Islam. It is a war that we did not choose. It was a war that was declared against us as Americans, against our people, against our Constitution.

— Todd Tiahrt

But despite their heroic acts, the Vietnam Veterans of America continued to struggle to establish a combat badge in honor of these brave pilots and medics.

— Tim Holden

The political currents that topped the global agenda in the late 20th century – revolutionary nationalism, feminism and ethnic struggle – place culture at their heart.

— Terry Eagleton

One of the illusions that we live by is that we can really know anybody else, and we’re often surprised by traits in people that we thought we knew very well. The struggle to overcome loneliness, which is sort of our universal burden, leads us to leap to conclusions about who other people are.

— Thomas McGuane

I have seen countless colleagues struggle to come to terms with retirement. I learned a lot from Richard Dunwoody when he was riding, and I completely understand why he took off and undertook what most people consider mad challenges.

— Tony McCoy

There are days when I struggle with wanting to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom, and feeling guilty about that because I work.

— Tori Spelling

A question is a pursuit, an invitation to envision and explore a series of possibilities, to struggle and empathize and doubt and believe. The question moves, whereas our sense of what an answer is can often be static, a stopping point.

— Tracy K. Smith

You know, there’s a lot of activism that doesn’t deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle.

— Talib Kweli

There’s a lot of activism that doesn’t deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle.

— Talib Kweli

If there is something that strikes me as interesting or beautiful or something I could learn from, and I don’t write it down, then I could be at lunch with you, and it’s like there’s a pile of laundry in my brain that I haven’t put away, and I struggle to really listen, so that’s always been important to me.

— Tavi Gevinson

I never had an intellectual struggle with the Bible, with the gospel, with the claims of Christ.

— Tullian Tchividjian

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.

— Tennessee Williams

The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world. A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals.

— Thomas Huxley

But as an adult working in the fashion industry, I struggle with materialism. And I’m one of the least materialistic people that exist, because material possessions don’t mean much to me. They’re beautiful, I enjoy them, they can enhance your life to a certain degree, but they’re ultimately not important.

— Tom Ford

If you struggle with putting things into perspective, just ask yourself two simple questions: What’s the worst thing that could happen as a result of this? Will this matter in five years? Your answers should put a stop to cataclysmic thinking.

— Travis Bradberry

Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.

— Ty Cobb

I think that’s a struggle of every Christian, to be able to get to that point where they’re in constant prayer with God – so that everything they do, in thought, in speech, in work, is praising God and worshipping God.

— Troy Polamalu

There’s so much built-up camaraderie and sacrifice, and football is such a tough man’s game. I think that’s why it’s so popular. That’s why so many blue-collar communities and people can really feel attracted to this because it is a blue-collar struggle that football players go through.

— Troy Polamalu

It’s definitely a struggle to prove yourself just as a good human being. I’m so proud of who I am and what I’ve become, the morals I have, and the people that I’m surrounded by.

— Tina Yothers

I am a trained hypnotherapist, yes, but it’s more like a guided meditation. Most of the people I take under struggle with stress in their lives and have unbalanced sleeping patterns, so what I do enables my patients to regain energy and peacefulness on a subconscious level which affects their conscious mind.

— Tanit Phoenix

You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.

— Timothy Dalton

From my quarter-a-century experience as a fighter for democracy, there is never a final victory for democracy. It is always a struggle in every generation, and you have to take up the course of time and time again.

— Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

I struggle with reading a bit. I’m slightly dyslexic, so reading takes me quite a while, and in general, I’m not a big book reader at all. And something like ‘Game of Thrones’ seems very daunting to me!

— Thomas Brodie-Sangster

When I putt well, I do very well. When I putt poorly, I struggle to be in the game.

— Tom Lehman

I’ve become more and more aware of the promise and struggle to teach the global mind nowadays because I use every chance I get to ask faculty and administrators of management education programs why we don’t offer at least one course – not even required, just an elective – on the world’s religions.

— Warren Bennis

I always say, dare to struggle, dare to grin.

— Wavy Gravy

Tragedy occurs when a human soul awakes and seeks, in suffering and pain, to free itself from crime, violence, infamy, even at the cost of life. The struggle is the tragedy – not defeat or death.

— Whittaker Chambers

For in this century, within the next decades, will be decided for generations whether all mankind is to become Communist, whether the whole world is to become free, or whether, in the struggle, civilization as we know it is to be completely destroyed or completely changed.

— Whittaker Chambers

In a world with no systems, with chaos, everything becomes a guerilla struggle, and this predictability is not there. And it becomes almost impossible to save lives, educate kids, develop economies, whatever.

— William J. Clinton

The 5th Amendment is an old friend and a good friend. one of the great landmarks in men’s struggle to be free of tyranny, to be decent and civilized.

— William O. Douglas

To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle.

— William Osler

Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.

— Wilma Rudolph

It’s been a struggle to get people to come eat for fun. You know, the way they listen to music. You can do all kinds of things with music. But food – it’s something people need, and that changes everything. You start playing with it, people have all sorts of reactions.

— Wylie Dufresne

Everything comes out in blues music: joy, pain, struggle. Blues is affirmation with absolute elegance. It’s about a man and a woman. So the pain and the struggle in the blues is that universal pain that comes from having your heart broken. Most blues songs are not about social statements.

— Wynton Marsalis

My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being.

— Wole Soyinka

The enormous success of 2009’s ‘The Blind Side,’ in which Sandra Bullock makes a black teenager one of the family, demonstrates that America isn’t post-racial. It is thoroughly mired in race – the myths that surround it, the guilt it inspires, the discomfort it causes, the struggle to transcend it.

— Wesley Morris

Our bodies must always be wherever that struggle and the moment we forget that, the moment we become lazy, the moment we sit back, then then the evil ones do their ordained tasks to us.

— William Kunstler

But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?

— William Booth

I think when you get past your second album, it all becomes something of a routine. So you have to struggle against that, find a way of making what you do sound fresh and new each time.

— Van Morrison

There’s always got to be a struggle. What else is there? That’s what life is made of. I don’t know anything else. If there is, tell me about it.

— Van Morrison

It’s not a struggle, but sometimes when you’re gone for a month or two, you start to miss your friends. I love acting so much that it fills that gap of being sad about not being able to see my friends.

— Willow Shields

Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy.

— Vaclav Havel

Today in Ukraine, many people struggle to survive, older ones often see the breakdown of the Soviet system as a loss of stability and security for average people, and therefore a certain hostility to quickly acquired wealth is from their point of view quite understandable at the first look.

— Victor Pinchuk

I have sort of weaned myself off of reading my own reviews, which is a constant struggle.

— Victoria Aveyard

In Bollywood, people struggle because there is a new person joining every week, who joins an assembly line of people who are very replaceable. But if you are unique, you don’t have to struggle that much.

— Vir Das

All of us are trying to achieve 100 percent in our work. That’s all we struggle to do. We never do, but we never stop trying until the day we die. It’s that struggle to achieve 100 percent, that’s where our performance lies, that’s what the audience gets. They get the struggle.

— Vincent D’Onofrio

Many people struggle to make hummus that lives up to their expectations at home, and recreating a favourite brand or the stuff from your local deli is almost impossible.

— Yotam Ottolenghi

Everybody was in struggle, in the grind trying to make it.

— Young Buck

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle. The modern industrial proletariat does not belong to the category of such classes.

— Vladimir Lenin

When you’re in a black group, you have to keep in mind you’re not black. You just have to be sensitive. We have to be appreciative that the black nationalist struggle is a nationalist struggle.

— Yuri Kochiyama

The struggle to get weapons is continuous, but the United States will aid us, if it finds Israel displaying a willingness for peace.

— Yitzhak Rabin

I’ve been through the entire gamut of the music industry – I’ve been playing in clubs since I was 14, and I’ve been on Warner Bros, on Sony – I’ve had lots of successes and some serious times of struggle.

— Vonda Shepard

I hate all the terrorists in the world, whatever the purpose of their struggle. However, I support every active civil revolt against any occupation, and Israel, too, is among the despicable occupiers. Such revolt is both more just and more effective, and it does not extinguish one’s spark of humanity.

— Yossi Sarid

River Phoenix and I were friends for nine years, and I watched him grow and mature, and I also saw him struggle. I watched him deal with the whole up and down aspects of Hollywood and saw him bounce back, so when he passed away, it was such an enormous shock.

— Zach Galligan

I was planning to study more, but it’s a struggle with so many opportunities for film and trying to get better through studying. No matter what, I want to be making more movies.

— Zhu Zhu

My career is a journey for me, and any journey is incomplete without the struggle.

— Yami Gautam

Talking to other people who make low-budget movies, everyone kind of has the same struggle.

— Zoe Cassavetes
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