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H.L. MenckenThere is always a well-known solution to every human problem: neat, plausible, and wrong.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Winston ChurchillEvery man should ask himself each day whether he is not too readily accepting negative solutions.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Lao-TzuStop thinking, and end your problems.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Albert EinsteinWe can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

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

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Jean CocteauChildren and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Isaac AsimovScience fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.

—  Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, American Sci-Fi writer

Anton ChekhovIt is unfortunate that we try to solve the simplest issues cleverly, and therefore make them unusually complicated. We should seek a simple solution.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Anton ChekhovWhen a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Calvin CoolidgeIf you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you and you have to battle with only one of them.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Zig ZiglarWhen we can identify a problem and face the problem with confidence and enthusiasm, the solution is on the way.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lou HoltzLife is 10 percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach


Quotes in Verse

Constantine KavafyAnd now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Barbarians at the gate


Funny Quotes

Steven WrightI couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian

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Spike MilliganThe best cure for sea sickness is to sit under a tree

—  Spike Milligan, 1918-2002, Irish comedian

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Woody AllenThere have been times when I've thought of suicide but with my luck it'd probably be a temporary solution.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director


Ancient Greek

Alexander the GreatWhat cannot be resolved, it is cut.

Ό,τι δεν λύεται κόπτεται.

—  Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC, King of Macedon

     (cutting the Gordian Knot)

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Proverbs

American proverbIf it ain't broke, don't fix it.

—  American proverb

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American proverbWe'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

—  American proverb

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American proverbWhere there's a will, there's a way.

—  American proverb

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Chinese proverbBetter to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

—  Chinese proverb

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English proverbNecessity is the mother of invention.

—  English proverb

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