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"Love and magic have a great deal in common.
They enrich the soul, delight the heart.
And they both take practice."

"He who thinks by the inch and talks by the yard deserves to be kicked by the foot."

"The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it."
Brendan Francis, not Alan Saporta as widely misquoted...

"Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions."

"You may have a heart of gold -- but so does a hard-boiled egg."

"A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child."

"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries."

"Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made."
Robert Schuller

"Ah, mastery ... what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills ... and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing."
Gail Sheehy

"The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small."
Wittier Bynner

"Don't dwell on what went wrong.
Instead, focus on what to do next.
Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer."
Denis Waitley

"Don't find fault, find a remedy."
Henry Ford

"Don't waste your time trying to control the uncontrollable, or trying to solve the unsolvable, or think about what could have been. Instead, think about what you can control and solve the problem you can solve with the wisdom you have gained from both your victories and your defeats in the past."
David Mahoney

"Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution."
Stanley Arnold

"Few can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem."

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

"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which when you looked at in the right way, did not become still more complicated."
Poul Anderson (in New Scientist, 9/25/69)

"If you can't solve it, it's not a problem -- it's reality."
Barbara Colorose

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

"If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
Abraham Harold Maslow

"If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results."
Gen. George Patton

"In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened."
Harold S. Kushner

"It is well known that 'problem avoidance' is an important part of problem solving. Instead of solving the problem you go upstream and alter the system so that the problem does not occur in the first place."
Edward de Bono (Serious Creativity)

"It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -- not people; to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses."
William Arthur Ward

"It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem."
G. K. Chesterton

"It may seem to you conceited to suppose that you can do anything important toward improving the lot of mankind. But this is a fallacy. You must believe that you can help bring about a better world. A good society is produced only by good individuals, just as truly as a majority in a presidential election is produced by the votes of single electors. Everybody can do something toward creating in his own environment kindly feelings rather than anger, reasonableness rather than hysteria, happiness rather than misery."
Bertrand Russell

"It's not a problem that we have a problem. It's a problem if we don't deal with the problem."
Mary Kay Utech

"Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems."
Brian Tracey (The Treasury of Quotes)

"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
John F. Kennedy

"Make small commitments and keep them.
Be a light, not a judge.
Be a model, not a critic.
Be part of the solution,
not part of the problem."
Stephen R. Covey (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)

"The man who has no more problems to solve is out of the game."
Elbert Hubbard  

"The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science."
Albert Einstein

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

"Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be a s big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings."
John F. Kennedy (Address, the American University, Washington D.C., June 10, 1963)

"Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most nontrivial problems require collective solutions."
--Warren Bennis

"Plurality should not be assumed without necessity."
William of Ockham (also known as Ockham's Razor)

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."
Duke Ellington

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

"A problem, to be a problem, must contain an unknown. If all was known, the problem would vanish."
Alan C. Walter

"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes."
Henry J. Kaiser

"Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable."
Theodore N. Vail

"Recognizing a problem is the first step to solving it... Some problems cannot be solved but you can make peace with them."
Sanya Friedman

"Responsibility is the most powerful internal motivator for problem solving. When you remove it, all that remains is the lesser drive of self-preservation. If necessity is the mother of invention then responsibility is its father."
Mark A. Crouch (Bouncing Off Paper Walls)

"Science is the search for truth -- it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponents, to do harm to others. We need to have the spirit of science in international affairs, to make the conduct of international affairs the effort to find the right solution, the just solution of international problems, nor the effort by each nation to get the better of other nations…"
Linus Pauling (No More War)

"The solution to a problem changes the nature of the problem."
John Peers ("Peer's Law" 1,001 Logical Laws)

"Some people approach every problem with an open mouth."
Adlai Stevenson

"Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists."
Edward de Bono

"Success is relevant to coping with obstacles... But no problem is ever solved by those, who, when they fail, look for someone to blame instead of something to do."
Fred Waggoner

"There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them."
Phyllis Bottome

"There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem."
Harold Stephens

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

"There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts."
Richard Bach

"There's two possible outcomes: if the result confirms the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you've made a discovery."
Enrico Fermi

"To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself:
First, what could I do?
Second, what could I read?
And third, who could I ask?
Jim Rohn

"Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve."
Roger Lewin

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
Albert Einstein

"Whatever reason you have for not being somebody, there's somebody who had that same problem and overcame it."
Barbara Reynolds

"Whatever your problem, no matter how difficult, you can release spiritual power sufficient to solve your problem. The secret is -- pray and believe."
Norman Vincent Peale

"When fog prevents a small-boat sailor from seeing the buoy marking the course he wants, he turns his boat rapidly in small circles, knowing that the waves he makes will rock the buoy in the vicinity. Then he stops, listens and repeats the procedure until he hears the buoy clang. By making waves, he finds where his course lies... Often the price of finding these guides is a willingness to take a few risks, to 'make a few waves.' A boat that stays in the harbor never encounters dangers -- but it also never gets anywhere."
Richard Armstrong

"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

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

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

"You will only be remembered for two things: the problems you solve or the ones you create."
Mike Murdock (101 Wisdom Keys)

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