„All writing is ultimately a question of solving a problem.“

—  William Zinsser, On Writing Well (Fifth Edition, orig. pub. 1976), Chapter 8, Unity, p. 49.
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„In mathematics the art of asking questions is more valuable than solving problems.“

—  Georg Cantor mathematician, inventor of set theory 1845 - 1918
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—  Robert F. Kennedy American politician and brother of John F. Kennedy 1925 - 1968
Day of Affirmation Address (1966), Context: The second danger is that of expediency: of those who say that hopes and beliefs must bend before immediate necessities. Of course, if we must act effectively we must deal with the world as it is. We must get things done. But if there was one thing that President Kennedy stood for that touched the most profound feeling of young people around the world, it was the belief that idealism, high aspirations, and deep convictions are not incompatible with the most practical and efficient of programs — that there is no basic inconsistency between ideals and realistic possibilities, no separation between the deepest desires of heart and of mind and the rational application of human effort to human problems. It is not realistic or hardheaded to solve problems and take action unguided by ultimate moral aims and values, although we all know some who claim that it is so. In my judgment, it is thoughtless folly. For it ignores the realities of human faith and of passion and of belief — forces ultimately more powerful than all of the calculations of our economists or of our generals. Of course to adhere to standards, to idealism, to vision in the face of immediate dangers takes great courage and takes self-confidence. But we also know that only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.

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„Death solves all problems — no man, no problem.“

—  Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1879 - 1953
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„I try to solve my problems by writing music and recording albums, but you know what's really funny about that? Once the album becomes a success, it doesn't solve your problems. It just gets harder to write the next album.“

—  Chris Cornell American singer-songwriter, musician 1964 - 2017
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„A country cannot solely rely on the government and opposition parties to solve all of the problems.“

—  Jiang Yi-huah Taiwanese politician 1960
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„A good idea is something that does not solve just one single problem, but rather can solve multiple problems at once.“

—  Shigeru Miyamoto Japanese video game designer and producer 1952
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„If you cannot solve the proposed problem, try to solve first a simpler related problem.“

—  George Pólya Hungarian mathematician 1887 - 1985
Mathematical Methods in Science (1977), Context: If you cannot solve the proposed problem, try to solve first a simpler related problem.<!--p.164

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