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Quotes About Problem Solving

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Abraham Maslow
“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being

Albert Einstein
“If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”
Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”
Albert Einstein

“If you choose to not deal with an issue,
then you give up your right of control over the issue
and it will select the path of least resistance.”
Susan Del Gatto

Hilary Mantel
“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient."

[The Guardian, 25 February 2010]”
Hilary Mantel

Albert Einstein
“The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.”
Albert Einstein

Atul Gawande
“We always hope for the easy fix: the one simple change that will erase a problem in a stroke. But few things in life work this way. Instead, success requires making a hundred small steps go right - one after the other, no slipups, no goofs, everyone pitching in.”
Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Criss Jami
“If the entire world sought to make itself worthy of happiness rather than make itself happy, then the entire world would be happy.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

John Dewey
“a problem well put is half solved.”
John Dewey

Yōko Ogawa
“Solving a problem for which you know there’s an answer is like climbing a mountain with a guide, along a trail someone else has laid. In mathematics, the truth is somewhere out there in a place no one knows, beyond all the beaten paths. And it’s not always at the top of the mountain. It might be in a crack on the smoothest cliff or somewhere deep in the valley.”
Yōko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor

C.S. Lewis
“A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.”
C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Lemony Snicket
“All his life, Klaus had believed that if you read enough books, you could solve any problem, but now he wasn't so sure.”
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

Malcolm Gladwell
“A critic looking at these tightly focused, targeted interventions might dismiss them as Band-Aid solutions. But that phrase should not be considered a term of disparagement. The Band-Aid is an inexpensive, convenient, and remarkably versatile solution to an astonishing array of problems. In their history, Band-Aids have probably allowed millions of people to keep working or playing tennis or cooking or walking when they would otherwise have had to stop. The Band-Aid solution is actually the best kind of solution because it involves solving a problem with the minimum amount of effort and time and cost.”
Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

“It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.”
Malcolm Forbes

Criss Jami
“Love begets wisdom, thus it is, as often misconceived, more than vain layers of tenderness; it is inherently rational and comprehensive of the problem within the problem: for instance, envy is one of the most excused sins in the media of political correctness. Those you find most attractive, or seem to have it all, are often some of the most insecure at heart, and that is because people assume that they do not need anything but defamation.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Manoj Arora
“Do not focus on money, instead focus on a problem that needs to be solved for the world..money will follow you as a bi-product.”
Manoj Arora, From the Rat Race to Financial Freedom

“Think outside the square. Think for yourself don't just follow the herd. Think multidisciplinary! Problems by definition, cross many academic disciplines.”
Lucas Remmerswaal, The A-Z of 13 Habits: Inspired by Warren Buffett

Agatha Christie
“As you yourself have said, what other explanation can there be?'

Poirot stared straight ahead of him. 'That is what I ask myself,' he said. 'That is what I never cease to ask myself.”
Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

Terry Pratchett
“The monk solved his immediate problem by giving a little whimper and fainting.”
Terry Pratchett, Truckers

Toba Beta
“Some people do polarizing the religion against science.
I use both to solve a problem with two different kind of approach.”
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

Henry Kissinger
“Americans have a tendency to believe that when there's a problem there must be a solution.”
Henry Kissinger

Jed Rubenfeld
“Wrong way to think about it. Don't try to figure it out all at once.”
Jed Rubenfeld, The Interpretation of Murder

“Anxiously, he touched the lump on his head again, then felt his injured leg, groaning. "The whole affair is a mystery to me," he said. "Who would want to steal anything from me?"
"Perhaps a thief...?" ventured Julius.”
Henry Winterfeld, Detectives in Togas

China Miéville
Get back to work, he would tell himself sternly. There's a garuda to get airborne.
China Miéville, Perdido Street Station

Joey Lawsin
“The opposite of a problem would likely be the correct solution.”
Joey Lawsin

“The improvisational ability to lead adaptively relies on responding to the present situation rather than importing the past into the present and laying it on the current situation like an imperfect template.”
Ronald A. Heifetz, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World

Walter Isaacson
“There would be times when we'd rack our brains on a user interface problem, and think we'd considered every option, and he would go, " Did you think of this? " said Fadell. " And then we'd all go, " Holy Shit." He'd redefine the problem or approach, and our little problem would go away.”
Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs

“Vocabulary words are the building blocks of the internal learning structure. Vocabulary is also the tool to better define a problem, seek more accurate solutions, etc.”
Ruby K. Payne, Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

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