Right questions

If you do not ask the right questions, you do not get the right answers. A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer. Asking questions is the ABC of diagnosis. Edward Hodnett - British writer (1901-1984), from "The Art of Problem Solving: How to Improve Your Methods" (1955)


Every problem that is interesting, is also soluble. Prof. David Deutsch – Israeli-born British physicist (b. 1953), in his response to the Edge Annual Question: "What is Your Law?", (2004)

Think positive

Staying positive doesn't mean that things will always work out. Rather, it is the knowledge that you will be fine no matter how it turns out. Garth Ennis – British-American comic book writer and graphic novel author (b. 1970), Quotations book 2024

Nothing is easy in life

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. Theodore Roosevelt - American politician, 1901-09 26th president, Nobel Peace Prize 1906 (1858-1919), from his address "American Ideals in Education,"...


If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution. Steve Jobs – American company founder: Apple (1955-2011), Quotations book 2024


La porte du médecin ne doit jamais être fermée ; la porte du prêtre doit toujours être ouverte. Victor Hugo - écrivain français (1802-1885), de "Les Misérables", première partie (1862) A doctor's door should never be closed, a priest's door should always be open. Victor Hugo - French writer (1802-1885), from "Les Misérables", first part...


Problem talk creates problems, solution talk creates solutions. Steve de Shazer - American psychotherapist, developer and pioneer of solution focused brief therapy (1940-2005), from "Putting Difference to Work" (1991), Quotations book 2023


Les fléaux, en effet, sont une chose commune, mais on croit difficilement aux fléaux lorsqu'ils vous tombent sur la tête. Il y a eu dans le monde autant de pestes que de guerres. Et pourtant pestes et guerres trouvent les gens toujours aussi dépourvus. Albert Camus – écrivain et philosophe français, prix Nobel de littérature en 1957 (1913-1960), de "La Peste" (1947), brochure de citations...


Happiness is not the absence of problems. It's the ability to deal with them. Steve Maraboli - American motivational speaker and behavior coach (b. 1975), from a message on "Twitter" form 20 April 2016 (since 2023 "X")

Negative people

Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution. wisdom, falsely attributed to Albert Einstein - German physicist, Nobel prize in Physics 1921 (1879-1955)


When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. slogan by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer - American psychologist, speaker and author on self-development (1940-2015), often attributed to Max Planck (German physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1918, 1858-1947), but could not be verified by the Archives of the Max Planck Society in Berlin


Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision. wisdom, often attributed to Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965)


That there is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. Mahatma Gandhi - Indian politician (1869-1948), from his disputed newspaper article "The Puzzle and Its Solution" ("Young India", 15 December 1921), Quotations book 2022

Constructive debate

Dispute supports insight and that is worth a lot. Daniel Libeskind – American architect, artist and designer (b. 1946), from the interview "Der gebaute Horror" with Susanne von Beyer ("Der Spiegel", 18. January 1999), Quotations book 2021

Gauge risks

The probability of being struck by lightning is tiny, but many people are excessively terrified when they hear thunder. Peter L. Bernstein – American financial historian, economist and educator (1919-2009), from "Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk" (1996), inspired by "Logic, Or, the Art of Thinking: Being the Port-Royal Logic" ("La logique, ou l"art de penser", 1662), Quotations...

Loving silence

A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. Rachel Naomi Remen, MD – American author (b. 1938), from "Kitchen Table Wisdom" (1996), Quotations book 2021

Problems as a power source

Every problem you master helps you on in future – and gives you fresh strength. Stefanie Graf – German former tennis player (b. 1969), Quotations book 2022

Work together

If you want to make peace with an enemy, one must work with that enemy and that enemy becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), froms his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" (1994)


For the optimist life is not the problem but already the solution. attributed to Marcel Pagnol - French writer, playwrigt and director (1895-1974) Pour l"optimiste, la vie n"est pas un problème, mais une solution. attribué à Marcel Pagnol - écrivain, dramaturge et cinéaste français (895-1974)

Work partition

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. Henry Ford - American engineer and industrialist (1963-1947), quoted in "Reader"s Digest" (March 1934)