Death is the only mystery we all solve.Robin Skelton: 1991A Devious Dictionary.
As you know, the best way to solve a problem is to identify the core belief that causes the problem; then mock that belief until the people who hold it insist that you heard them wrong.scott adams: DNRC Newsletter #58 (2004-11-11).
I think it's a disgrace for the international community that we have allowed so many conflicts to become frozen, and we are not making a serious effort to solve them.martti ahtisaari: Telephone interview with Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org (10 October 2008)
When we're trying to solve difficult national issues its sometimes necessary to talk to adversaries as well as friends. Historians have a word for this: diplomacy.madeleine albright: Speech at Harvard forum (April 11, 2007)
If you give a man a hammer, he thinks he can solve all problems by pounding. Well, God gave men penises....jacob m. appel: Arborophilia (2005)
Some of you young folks been saying to me, "Hey Pops, what you mean 'What a wonderful world'? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? That aint so wonderful either." Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute. Seems to me, it aint the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it. And all I'm saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we'd give it a chance. Love baby, love. That's the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we'd solve lots more problems. And then this world would be better. That's wha' ol' Pops keeps saying.louis armstrong: Spoken intro to "What a Wonderful World" (1970 version)
I was never into the powders or pills. I tried it all but didn't like that clenched-teeth feeling. I didn't like the "I'm a palpitating rabbit and I'm gonna solve the world's problems" feeling either. I drank some beer. I'm still here.dan aykroyd: On drug use, in "I'm still haunted by Belushi" by Sean O'Hagan in The Observer (28 September 2003)
At first, when California started winning its water lawsuits and shutting off cities, the displaced people just followed the water—right to California. It took a little while before the bureaucrats realized what was going on, but finally someone with a sharp pencil did the math and realized that taking in people along with their water didn't solve a water shortage.paolo bacigalupi: "The Tamarisk Hunter", High Country, 26 June 2006
Management problems are not respecters of the company organization, nor of the talents of the people appointed to solve them.anthony stafford beer: p. 117 (Chapter 5, It Works)
The faith of simplicity is mocked, the secrets of Christ profaned, questions on the highest things are impertinently asked, the Fathers scorned because they were disposed to conciliate rather than solve such problems. Human reason is snatching everything to itself, leaving nothing for faith. It falls upon things which are beyond it...desecrates sacred things more than clarifies them. It does not unlock mysteries and symbols, but tears them asunder; it makes nought of everything to which it cannot gain access and disdains to believe all such things.bernard of clairvaux: Reported in Walter Nigg, The Heretics: Heresy Through the Ages (1962) (who cites Adolph Hausrath 1895 as a source)
Gordon Brown thinks you should solve climate change by changing your lightbulbs. We think you should solve climate change by changing your Government.siân berry: Keynote Speech, GP Autumn Conference 2007, Liverpool 
Magic is not about having a puzzle to solve. It's about creating a moment of awe and astonishment. And that can be a beautiful thingdavid blaine: Interview with Brett Martin for Time Out New York (April 1-8, 1999, on-line).
But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? ... By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.mother teresa (agnes gonxha bojaxhi): National Prayer Breakfast speech, Washington, D.C. (3 February 1994).
The problem of thermonuclear reactions is not a usual physics problem. This is a problem that must transform society and the world. Our generation, which gave to mankind atomic energy and thermonuclear energy in the form of explosions, is responsible to humanity for solving the main problem of energy – obtaining energy from water. People are waiting for the solution of this problem. Our duty is to solve it within the lifetime of our generation, and therefore we must set out on this path.gersh budker: as quoted by D. D. Ryutov in G.I. Budker: reflections & remembrances, by Boris N. Breizman. Springer. 1993. p. 278. ISBN 1-56396-070-2.
The idea that I can be presented with a problem, set out to logically solve it with the tools at hand, and wind up with a program that could not be legally used because someone else followed the same logical steps some years ago and filed for a patent on it is horrifying.john d. carmack: On software patents, Quoted in "John Carmack: Knee Deep in the Voodoo" Voodoo Extreme(2000-09-20)
What magic shall solve us the secretOf beauty that’s born for an hour?madison cawein: Interpreted.
Columbus' government was characterised by a form of tyranny... Even those who loved him had to admit the atrocities that had taken place. Now one can understand why he was sacked and we can see that there were good reasons for doing so. The monarchs wanted someone who did not give them problems. Columbus did not solve problems, he created them.christopher columbus: Consuelo Varela, on a recently discovered report by Francisco de Bobadilla on the harsh rule of Columbus and his brothers; as quoted in The Guardian (7 August 2006)
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.calvin coolidge: Quote from a program at a Coolidge memorial service (1933); cited in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999).
I used to work in jobs I hated because I needed the money to buy a guitar. I know what it feels like to be depressed. On the other hand, I also know what it feels like to have money, to be successful, to be independent, but I can tell you that money and success never solve your problems.chris cornell: NYROCK: Interview with Chris Cornell (1999-10-01). Retrieved on 2006-07-03.
It is evident that one cannot say anything demonstrable about the problem before having resolved these preliminary questions, and yet we hardly possess the necessary information to solve some of them.georges cuvier: as stated in 1796 before the National Institute of Sciences and Arts in Paris, concerning fossil elephants.
Land has lost its original strategic value; military forces are no longer employed primarily to conquer land, but to ensure stable economic, energy and information flows, which constitute the true resources, along with the natural resources. Alongside military hard power, international organization are increasing attempts to use soft power, at regional level, to solve environmental problems that do not pose short-term problems, but which can generate conflicts in the medium-to-long term, such as water-related problems or desertification.corrado maria daclon: From Geopolitics of Environment, A Wider Approach to the Global Challenges, La Comunità Internazionale, no. 4, (2007)
I think it is astounding that people could argue for "you just must trust someone else to fix it" instead of "you could fix it yourself, or hire someone to fix it." There is a contractor base out there that can solve these problems as well as or better than the major vendors could. But I think the major vendors are still having more luck at getting the ear of the press.theo de raadt: "Interview: Theo de Raadt on Industry and Free Software". The Epoch Times. 2005-07-05. Retrieved on 2007-01-10.
My own opinion was that blacks could best overcome racist attitudes through their achievements, even though these had to take place within the hateful environment of segregation.... The... war represented a golden opportunity.... We owned a fighter squadron something that would have been unthinkable only a short time earlier. It was all ours.... Furthermore, we would be required to analyze our own problems and solve them with our own skills.General Benjamin O. Davis, the first African American general in the Air Force, and commanding officer of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.[ ]
That's all window dressing. That's not fundamental. That's not getting at change and the transformation that must take place. Sure we have to solve problems. Certainly stamp out the fire. Stamp out the fire and get nowhere. Stamp out the fires puts us back to where we were in the first place. Taking action on the basis of results without theory of knowledge, without theory of variation, without knowledge about a system. Anything goes wrong, do something about it, overreacting; acting without knowledge, the effect is to make things worse. With the best of intentions and best efforts, managing by results is, in effect, exactly the same, as Dr. Myron Tribus put it, while driving your automobile, keeping your eye on the rear view mirror, what would happen? And that's what management by results is, keeping your eye on results.w. edwards deming: The Deming of America, Documentary broadcast on the PBS network (1991)