„If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact, not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.“
„Problem solving has traditionally been taken to be an essential function of management. Through systems thinking, however, we have come to doubt the existence of problems and solutions to them.“
— Russell L. Ackoff Scientist 1919 - 2009
1970s, Redesigning the future, 1974, p. 20.
— Charles Eames American designer, half of duo the Eames 1907 - 1978
In answer of the question: Is Design a craft for industrial purposes?
„If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
„Heuristic Search Hypothesis. The solutions to problems are represented as symbol structures. A physical symbol system exercises its intelligence in problem solving by search—that is, by generating and progressively modifying symbol structures until it produces a solution structure.“
— Allen Newell American cognitive scientist 1927 - 1992
Computer Science as Empirical Inquiry: Symbols and Search (1975), p. 120.
— Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
Misattributed, Nearly identical quote attributed to a 1995 TV show, Touched by an Angel https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0732136/quotes: Tess: No, hate has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it's never solved one yet.
„Conservatives believe that some problems have no solution, that they can only be mitigated at best. Liberals believe that most every problem has a government solution.“
— Mike Rosen American political pundit 1944
Rocky Mountain News column, 2000
„While [bureaucratic] solutions have been frequently criticized by those within and without the organization, no alternative way has been found to cope with the problem of organizing large numbers of people to produce goods and services efficiently.“
— Charles Perrow American sociologist 1925
1970s, Organizational Analysis: A Sociological View, 1970, p. 90
— Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
1980s, First term of office (1981–1985), First Inaugural address (1981), Context: In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price. Some sources indicate the phrase 'government is the problem' was not part of the speech. (E.g. yale.edu http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/reagan1.asp). Live recordings of the address demonstrate that Reagan did indeed use the phrase in question. See Ronald Reagan: First Inaugural Address http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IleiqUDYpFQ; start at 6:08
— Michael Hudson (economist) American economist 1939
" Why Government is More Afraid of Debt than Depression http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=6002" Video Interview, The Real News Network (TRNN) (December 16, 2010)
— Mark Manson American writer and blogger 1984
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2016), Chapter 3, “You Are Not Special” (p. 60)
— Sheri S. Tepper, Grass
Grass (1989), Chapter 15 (p. 338)
— Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1878 - 1953
Misattributed, This actually comes from the novel Children of the Arbat (1987) by Anatoly Rybakov. In his later book The Novel of Memories ( In Russian http://www.sakharov-center.ru/asfcd/auth/auth_pages.xtmpl?Key=18637&page=307) Rybakov admitted that he had no sources for such a statement.