On Finding Solutions

Sunday, October 11, 2009 – On Finding Solutions

An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions. ~ Robert A. Humphrey

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the solution is simple, God is answering. ~ Albert Einstein

A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I don’t have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It’s that they can’t see the problem. ~ G. K. Chesterton

If you think there’s a solution, you’re part of the problem. ~ George Carlin

The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution. ~ Charles F. Kettering

There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a suitable application of high explosives. ~ Scott Adams

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. ~ David Friedman

One of the expressions of Western over-reliance on technology can be seen in the lack of patience in industrial society. When you deal with technology, everything happens at the touch of a button. This conditions you to become so impatient that when you have an emotional or personal crisis, you don’t allow time for the solution to take effect. This leads to all sorts of rash responses, like quarrels, fights and so on. ~ Dalai Lama

An answer is always a form of death. ~ John Fowles

Death is the solution to all problems. No man – no problem. ~ Joseph Stalin

How do you dare to ask me for a solution? It’s like asking Seneca for a solution. You remember what he did? He committed suicide! ~ Oriana Fallaci

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it. ~ Frank A. Clark

The chief cause of problems is solutions. ~ Eric Sevareid

It is a law of life that problems arise when conditions are there for their solution. ~ Walter Sisulu

I’ve never found a client’s business problem that could be solved solely through advertising. ~ Lee Clow

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution. ~ Edward Teller

Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions. ~ Thomas Szasz

It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere. ~ Andre Breton

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

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions. ~ Edward R. Murrow

Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

Solutions are not the answer. ~ Richard M. Nixon

The most important thing I learned as a foreign correspondent in about eighy countries is that it takes a very shallow knowledge of history to think that there are solutions to most problems. ~ Robert D. Kaplan

We experience problem-solving sessions as war zones, we view competing ideas as enemies, and we use problems as weapons to blame and defeat opposition forces. No wonder we can’t come up with real lasting solutions! ~ Margaret J. Wheatley

For every human problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. ~ H. L. Mencken

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I only think of how to solve the problem. But when I am finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all. Of course, there is then no question left, and just this is the answer. The solution of the problem of life is seen in the vanishing of this problem. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him. ~ Antonin Artaud

There’s more than one way to look at a problem, and they all may be right. ~ Norman Schwarzkopf

The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake. ~ H. L. Mencken

Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and at the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won’t work out. ~ Luigi Pirandello

Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution. ~ Homer Simpson