PROVERBS WITH THE TITLE : "difficulty"
A drowning man will catch at a straw.
is said for:
A burden of one’s own choice is not felt.
A good anvil does not fear the hammer
After a storm comes a calm.
After rain comes fair weather.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
Between the upper and nether millstone.
Calamity is man’s true touchstone.
Don’t cross the bridge before you come to it.
Crosses are ladders that lead to heaven
expresses the belief that :
That’s where the shoe pinches!
To go through fire and water.
said to mean:
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Soft beds make hard battles
Even a worm will turn.
said for :
Every path has its puddle.
used to say that:
It is always darkest before the dawn.
If it's not one thing it's another.