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|Quotes and Tips|
|Quotes||I've listed some favorite quotes
related to problem solving (in no particular order) as well as some tips to help make
problem solving efforts go more smoothly. The quotes mostly aren't verified, so
apologies for misquotes and misattribution. If you've got corrections or if you've
got additions, send 'em to me.
Jeanne (JSawyer@SawyerPartnership.com )
The perception of a problem is always relative.
Your headache feels terrific to the druggist.
A problem well stated is a problem half
A problem adequately stated is a
problem well on its way to being solved.
I have yet to see any problem, however
complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more
An undefined problem has an infinite number
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you
tend to see every problem as a nail.
Don't find fault. Find remedy!
It isnt that they cant see the
solution. It is that they cant see the problem.
It's so much easier to suggest solutions
when you don't know too much about the problem.
There is always an easy solution to every
human problem neat, plausible and wrong.
There is no human problem which could not
be solved if people would simply do as I advise.
I don't have any solution, but I certainly
admire the problem.
No problem is so formidable that you can't
walk away from it.
The direct use of force is such a poor
solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large
It is wise to direct your anger towards
problems not people; to focus your energies on answers
There is no solution because there is no
Drowning problems in an ocean of
information is not the same as solving them.
Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
The chief cause of problems is
General Observations about Problems and Problem Solving
History is a vast early warning
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one
begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
We have to learn to distinguish those
things that are truly important from those that are merely urgent.
Most problems are either unimportant or
impossible to solve.
A problem is something you have
hopes of changing. Anything else is a fact of life.
Some problems are so complex that
you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided
The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal
with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses
Idealism increases in direct proportion to
one's distance from the problem.
Unrest of the spirit is a mark of life; one
problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find our greatest
Errors using inadequate data are much less
than those using no data at all.
When solving problems, dig at the roots
instead of just hacking at the leaves.
Nothing in the world can take the place of
persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with
talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will
not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone
are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the
problems of the human race.
The best way to escape from a problem is to
A problem is merely an
opportunity you didn't think you wanted.
The problem is not that there are
problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a
It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing
mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in
The problems that exist in the world today cannot be
solved by the level of thinking that created them.
Each problem that I solved became a rule
which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by
man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
Here's a whole set of "rules" about problem solving:
Problem Solving Rules.
Not necessarily relevant, but I like them
Computers can figure out all kinds of
problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.
The release of atomic energy has not
created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an
I believe that a scientist looking at
nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.
The problem with political jokes is they
The real problem is not whether machines
think but whether men do.
The problem with the gene pool is that
there is no life guard.
Half the problems of the human race are due
to their lack of business knowledge knowledge of what is their business and
what is none of their business.
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Jeanne Sawyer, Ph.D.