„We only think when confronted with a problem.“

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„When you confront a problem, you begin to solve it.“

— Rudy Giuliani American businessperson and politician, former mayor of New York City 1944 - 2001
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„If they only showed this much spunk when it came to containing the terrorists I don't think we would have such a problem.“

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„I used to think the only way to be truly alive is to confront your mortality.“

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„Work is when you confront the problems you might otherwise be tempted to run away from“

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„Kosovo is now the biggest problem confronting Yugoslavia“

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„We are confronted with problems of organized complexity... organization runs through all levels of reality and science.“

— Ludwig von Bertalanffy austrian biologist and philosopher 1901 - 1972
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„We cannot solve the problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them“

— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
"Einstein's famous saying in Copenhagen", as quoted in a FBIS Daily Report https://books.google.de/books?id=DfQTAQAAMAAJ&q=%22We+cannot+solve%22: East Europe (4 April 1995), p. 45

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„To be happy, one only must be able to confront, which is to say, experience, those things that are. Unhappiness is only this: the inability to confront that which is.“

— L. Ron Hubbard American science fiction author, philosopher, cult leader, and the founder of the Church of Scientology 1911 - 1986
A New Slant on Life (1998).

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„It is only when we think abstractly that we have such a high opinion of man.“

— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Context: It is only when we think abstractly that we have such a high opinion of man. Of men in the concrete, most of us think the vast majority very bad. Civilized states spend more than half their revenue on killing each other's citizens. Consider the long history of the activities inspired by moral fervour: human sacrifices, persecutions of heretics, witch-hunts, pogroms leading up to wholesale extermination by poison gases … Are these abominations, and the ethical doctrines by which they are prompted, really evidence of an intelligent Creator? And can we really wish that the men who practised them should live for ever? The world in which we live can be understood as a result of muddle and accident; but if it is the outcome of a deliberate purpose, the purpose must have been that of a fiend. For my part, I find accident a less painful and more plausible hypothesis. Essay Do We Survive Death? (1936)

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