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    Difficulty

  1. Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
       -- Ronald E. Osborn

  2. Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
       -- William Ellery Channing

  3. No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  4. Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
       -- Chopin

  5. Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
       -- Seneca

  6. There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.
       -- Phyllis Bottome

  7. We have inherited new difficulties because we have inherited more privileges.
       -- Abram Sacher

  8. The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


    Discontent

  9. Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things.
       -- Chinese Proverb

  10. Discontent is something that follows ambition like a shadow.
       -- Henry H. Haskins

  11. Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  12. The discontented man finds no easy chair.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  13. Restlessness and discontent are the necessities of progress.
       -- Thomas A. Edison

  14. Who with a little cannot be content, endures an everlasting punishment.
       -- Robert Herrick

  15. One thing only has been lent to youth and age in common--discontent.
       -- Matthew Arnold

  16. That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others.
       -- James Thomson

  17. The splendid discontent of God
  18. With chaos made the world...
  19. And from the discontent of man
  20. The worlds best progrss springs.
       -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  21. The greatest weariness comes from work not done.
       -- Eric Hoffer


    Dignity

  22. Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
       -- George Santayana

  23. Dignity is a mask we wear to hide our ignorance.
       -- Elbert Hubbard

  24. No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
       -- Booker T. Washington

  25. Dignity belongs to the conquered.
       -- Kenneth Burke

  26. The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.
       -- Emma Goldman

  27. Human rights rest on human dignity. The dignity of man is an ideal worth fighting for and worth dying for.
       -- Robert Maynard

  28. True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn.
       -- Philip Massinger

  29. When boasting ends, there dignity begins.
       -- Owen D. Young

  30. Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
       -- Aristotle

  31. There is a healthful hardiness about real dignity that never dreads contact and communion with others however humble.
       -- Washington Irving

  32. All celebrated people lose dignity on a close view.
       -- Napoleon Bonaparte


    Diligence

  33. Diligence is the mother of good luck.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  34. What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  35. Every noble work is at first impossible.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  36. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill ... Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  37. He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.
       -- Menander of Athens

  38. That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in. and the best of me is diligence.
       -- William Shakespeare

  39. When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  40. The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
       -- Confucius


    Diplomacy

  41. I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me.
       -- Camillo di Cavour

  42. Diplomacy is a disguised war, in which states seek to gain by barter and intrigue, by the cleverness of arts, the objectives which they would have to gain more clumsily by means of war.
       -- Randolph Bourne

  43. International arbitration may be defined as the substitution of many burning questions for a smouldering one.
       -- Ambrose Bierce

  44. Diplomacy: lying in state.
       -- Oliver Herford

  45. The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy--give one and take ten.
       -- Mark Twain

  46. Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.
       -- Daniele Vare

  47. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
       -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  48. Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.
       -- Isaac Goldberg

  49. A drop of honey catches more flies than a hogshead of vinegar.
       -- Proverb

  50. Modern diplomats approach every problem with an open mouth.
       -- Arthur J. Goldberg

  51. A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients: protocol, Geritol and alcohol.
       -- Adlai E. Stevenson

  52. I never refuse. I contradict. I sometimes forget.
       -- Benjamin Disraeli

  53. This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whims.
       -- James Reston

  54. A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to Hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
       -- Anonymous

  55. American diplomacy is easy on the brain but hell on the feet.
       -- Charles G. Dawes

  56. To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
       -- Will Durant

  57. The only summit meeting that can succeed is the one that does not take place.
       -- Barry M. Goldwater

  58. A diplomat is a man who remembers a lady's birthday but forgets her age.
       -- Anonymous

  59. ... the patriotic art of lying for one's country.
       -- Ambrose Bierce


    Disease

  60. Disease is a physical process that generally begins that equality which death completes.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  61. The diseases of the present have little in common with the diseases of the past save that we die of them.
       -- Agnes Repplier

  62. We classify disease as error, which nothing but Truth or Mind can heal.
       -- Mary Baker Eddy

  63. A person's age is not dependent upon the number of years that have passed over his head, but on the number of colds that have passed through it.
  64. --Shirley W. Wynne

  65. Some remedies are worse than the diseases.
       -- Publilius Syrus

  66. When the Czar has a cold all Russia coughs.
       -- Russian Proverb

  67. It is with disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do.
       -- Charles Caleb Colton

  68. There are no such things as incurables; there are only things for which man has not found a cure.
       -- Bernard M. Baruch

  69. It is dainty to be sick, if you have leisure and convenience for it.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  70. A bodily disease may be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual past.
       -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

  71. Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
       -- Hosea Ballou

  72. The fear of life is the favorite disease of the twentieth century.
       -- William Lyon Phelps

  73. If I had my way I'd make health catching instead of disease.
       -- Robert Green Ingersoll

  74. We are the carriers of health and disease--either the divine health of courage and nobility or the demonic diseases of hate and anxiety.
       -- Joshua Loth Liebman


    Dishonesty

  75. False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
       -- Socrates

  76. Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
       -- Kin Hubbard

  77. Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.
       -- Democritus

  78. Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being as honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night.
       -- Robert C. Edwards

  79. If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve.
       -- G. C. Lichtenberg

  80. Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible.
       -- George Bancroft

  81. Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.
       -- Stephen Butler Leacock

  82. Dishonesty, cowardice and duplicity are never impulsive.
       -- George A. Knight


    Dissent


    The United States can ... be proud that it has institutions and a structure that permit its citizens to express honest dissent, even though those who do so may be maligned by the highest official in the land.
       -- New York Times


    Mere unorthodoxy or dissent from the prevailing mores is not to be condemned. The absence of such voices would be a symptom of grave illness in our society.
       -- Earl Warren


    Dissent does not include the freedom to destroy the system of law which guarantees freedom to speak, assemble and march in protest. Dissent is not anarchy.
       -- Seymour F. Simon


    In a number of cases dissenting opinions have in time become the law.
       -- Charles Evans Hughes


    Thought that is silenced is always rebellious ... Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is always dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions.
       -- Alan Barth


    Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.
       -- Felix Frankfurter


    Distrust

  83. The man who trusts men will make fewer mistakes than he who distrusts them.
       -- Camillo di Cavour

  84. Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody.
       -- John Churton Collins

  85. On one issue at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women.
       -- H. L. Mencken

  86. However much we may distrust men's sincerity, we always believe they speak to us more sincerely than to others.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld

  87. The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the bane of modern civilization.
       -- Franz Boas

  88. What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
       -- George Eliot

  89. The feeling of mistrust is always the last which a great mind acquires.
       -- Jean Baptiste Racine


    Doubt

  90. I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
       -- Wilson Mizner

  91. To have doubted one's own first principles, is the mark of a civilized man.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  92. Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
       -- William Shakespeare

  93. Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
       -- Kahlil Gibran

  94. Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
       -- Henry David Thoreau

  95. In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
       -- Bertrand Russell

  96. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people s ofull of doubts.
       -- Bertrand Russell

  97. Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
       -- Clarence Darrow

  98. Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
       -- William Shakespeare

  99. Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.
       -- George Iles

  100. We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge doubt enters.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  101. Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.
       -- H. L. Mencken

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