An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Imagine a congress of eminent celebrities such as More, Bacon, Grotius, Pascal, Cromwell, Bossuet, Montesquieu, Jefferson, Napoleon, Pitt, etc. They would be an Encyclopedia of Errors.


Lord Acton (1834-1902, British historian)


Understand that most problems are a good sign. Problems indicate that progress is being made, wheels are turning, you are moving toward your goals. Beware when you have no problems. Then you've really got a problem.... Problems are like landmarks of progress.


Scott Alexander (American author, screenwriter)


Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.


Poul Anderson (1926-, American fiction writer)


Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution.


Stanley Arnold


When I feel difficulty coming on, I switch to another book I'm writing. When I get back to the problem, my unconscious has solved it.


Isaac Asimov (1920-1992, Russian-born American author)


He that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils: for Time is the greatest innovator: and if Time, of course, alters things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


None of us can be free of conflict and woe. Even the greatest men have had to accept disappointments as their daily bread.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


There is no man in any rank who is always at liberty to act as he would incline. In some quarter or other he is limited by circumstances.


Bonnie Blair (1964-, American speed skater)


Well everybody in Casablanca has problems. Yours may work out.


Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957, American film actor)


Let God's promises shine on your problems.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.


Dorothea Brande (American success writer)


The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.


Dorothea Brande (American success writer)


Problems are solved on the spot, as soon as they arise. No front-line employee has to wait for a supervisor's permission.


Jan Carlzon (1941-, Swedish business executive, CEO of SAS)


It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Time travel into the past? Aren't we having enough challenges with the Present and the Future?


Ronny M. Cole (1955-, American author, goal and reading coach)

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We must somehow get comfortable with the reality of periodic failure.... Like a trip to the dentist, the thought of occasional reverses may not make us tingle with joyful anticipation, but then again, it's not the end of the world.


Sam Collins


You often get a better hold upon a problem by going away from it for a time and dismissing it from your mind altogether.


Frank Crane (American actor)


The Moon is opposing Jupiter. Don't get involved, it's their problem.


Jim Critchfield


Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.


Anthony J. D'Angelo


Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.


Rene Descartes (1596-1650, French philosopher, scientist)


But Jesus, when you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When you have both, it's health, you worry about getting ruptured or something. If everything is simply jake then you're frightened of death.


J. P. Donleavy (1926-, American writer)


Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right.


Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach


Man errs as long as he struggles.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


No matter where I run, I meet myself there.


Dorothy Fields


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


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. There are no big problems; there are just a lot of little problems.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


You must live with people to know their problems, and live with God in order to solve them.


Peter T. Forsyth


When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


Anything in life that we don't accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.


Shakti Gawain (American human potential teacher)


Anything in life that we don't accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it.


Shakti Gawain (American human potential teacher)


Problems are messages.


Shakti Gawain (American human potential teacher)


A good problem statement often includes: (a) what is known, (b) what is unknown, and (c) what is sought.


Edward Hodnett


We have no problems, only situations. Not all problems have solutions, but all situations have outcomes.


John E. Gray


The other day I got out my can-opener and was opening a can of worms when I thought, What am I doing?!


Jack Handey


Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back.


Piet Hein (1905-1996, Dutch inventor, poet)


Don't tell your problems to people: eighty percent don't care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


The man who has no more problems to solve, is out of the game.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


To solve big problems you have to be willing to do unpopular things.


Lee Iacocca (1924-, American businessman, former CEO of Chrysler)


Any solution to a problem changes the problem.


R. W. Johnson (1916-, American journalist, newspaper executive)


The easiest way to solve a problem is to pick an easy one.


Franklin P. Jones


The best way out is always through.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


To every problem there is already a solution whether you know it or not.


Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953, American author)


If you can talk brilliantly enough about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.


Stanley Kubrick (1928-, American screen writer, film producer, and director)


There is a time in the life of every problem when it is big enough to see, yet small enough to solve.


Mike Leavitt


All men are liable to error; and most men are... by passion or interest, under temptation to it.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


Death and taxes are unsolved engineering problems.


Romana Machado


For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Can it be that man is essentially a being who loves to conquer difficulties, a creature whose function is to solve problems?


Gorham Munson


No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step toward solution. Do something.


George Nordenholt


To solve the problems of today, we must focus on tomorrow.


Erik Nupponen


When a problem comes along, study it until you are completely knowledgeable. Then find that weak spot, break the problem apart, and the rest will be easy.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.


M. Scott Peck (1936-, American psychiatrist, author)


Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.


Laurence J. Peter


The purpose of problems is to push you toward obedience to God's laws, which are exact and cannot be changed. We have the free will to obey them or disobey them. Obedience will bring harmony, disobedience will bring you more problems.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Only he who does nothing makes no mistakes.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


The best brewer sometimes makes bad beer.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


If a man can see both sides of a problem, you know that none of his money is tied up in it.


Verda Ross


The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.


Theodore I. Rubin


To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


When you can't solve the problem, manage it.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


The chief cause of problems is solutions.


Eric Sevareid (1912-1992, American broadcast journalist)


My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.


Anna Sewell


All problems are finally scientific problems.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Rather than denying problems, focus inventively, intentionally on what solutions might look or feel like...Our mind is meant to generate ideas that help us escape circumstantial traps -- if we trust it to do so. Naturally, not all hunches are useful. But then you only need a single good idea to solve a problem.


Marsha Sinetar (American author, "To Build The Life You Want, Create The Work You Love")


The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or duplication.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


We have a problem. "Congratulations." But it's a tough problem. "Then double congratulations."


W. Clement Stone (1902-2002, American businessman, author, founder of Combined Insurance Companies)


There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Avoiding a problem doesn't solve it.


Bonnie Jean Thornley


We all choke, and the man who says he doesn't choke is lying like hell. We all leak oil.


Lee Trevino (1939-, American golfer)


Anytime you think that the problem is out there, that thought in itself may be the problem. If it is out there then you have no control and you have to wait until it changes.


Author Unknown


Every big problem was at one time a wee disturbance.


Author Unknown


Successful people are simply people who learn to solve their problems... they are not people without problems.


Author Unknown


Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


There is a vast difference between putting your nose in other people's business and putting your heart in other people's problems.


Author Unknown


We run away all the time to avoid corning face to face with ourselves.


Author Unknown


No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


The greatest problem you have is your greatest opportunity.


Michael Wickett (American motivational speaker, sales trainer)


Some problems are just too complicated for rational, logical solutions. They admit of insights, not answers.


Jerome Wiesner


Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.


Earl Wilson (1907-1987, American newspaper columnist)


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