01. The sheer face of the mountain was a difficult [obstacle] for the climbers on the last stage of their ascent.
02. The main [obstacle] to his finding a job is his appearance; the guy is a slob, and no one wants to hire him because of it.
03. The children had fun running through an [obstacle] course, which had ropes to climb, things to jump over, and all kinds of stuff.
04. Not being able to speak a second language is a real [obstacle] for those hoping to get a job in the import/export business.
05. It has been suggested that good looks are sometimes an [obstacle] for female executives because the men around them don't always take them seriously.
06. The President's hardline attitude is becoming a serious [obstacle] in the negotiations to end the conflict.
07. A major [obstacle] to development of the poorer nations is the financing of the very expensive industrialization process.
08. There are many [obstacles] in the path to happiness, but you simply have to go around them or over them, rather than letting them stop you.
09. The new administration seems ready to remove many of the [obstacles] that had prevented the previous administration from reaching a settlement with the striking workers.
10. A grasshopper can leap over [obstacles] 500 times its own height.
11. John Quincy Adams once remarked that patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear, and [obstacles] vanish.
12. Scott Adams once said that the primary job of the manager is not to empower, but to remove [obstacles].
13. Ken Hakuta once observed that lack of money is no [obstacle], but lack of an idea is an [obstacle].
14. Don Marquis once suggested that the chief [obstacle] to the progress of the human race is the human race.
15. Daniel Boorstin once stated that the greatest [obstacle] to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.
16. Hannah More once noted that [obstacles] are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
17. John Kennedy once said that a man does what he must, in spite of personal consequences, in spite of [obstacles] and dangers and pressures, and that is the basis of all human morality.
18. Booker T. Washington once said, "I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the [obstacles] which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
19. Basketball star Michael Jordan once remarked, "I know fear is an [obstacle] for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder next time."
20. Simone de Beauvoir once stated that in the face of an [obstacle] which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
21. Shirley Chisholm once stated, "Of my two "handicaps," being female put many more [obstacles] in my path than being black."
22. There is a Zen proverb which states that the [obstacle] is the path.
23. Barbara Jordan once suggested that there is no [obstacle] in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.
24. There is a West African proverb which observes that fear is no [obstacle] to death.
25. Following the end of slavery, American blacks faced tremendous [obstacles] in their attempt to join the mainstream of society.

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