# „There are no small problems. Problems that appear small are large problems that are not understood“

—  Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Advice for a Young Investigator (1897), p. 17
1852 - 1934

### „A general problem with much of Western theology… is that the God portrayed is too small. It is a god of a tiny world and not a god of a galaxy, much less a universe.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God (2006)

### „[The] amount of search is not a measure of the amount of intelligence being exhibited. What makes a problem a problem is not that a large amount of search is required for its solution, but that a large amount would be required if a requisite level of intelligence were not applied.“

—  Allen Newell American cognitive scientist 1927 - 1992
Computer Science as Empirical Inquiry: Symbols and Search (1975), p. 122.

### „Find a fraction which, multiplied by itself, shall give 6, or… find the square root of 6. This can be shown to be an impossible problem; for it can be shown that no fraction whatsoever multiplied by itself, can give a whole number, unless it be itself a whole number disguised in a fractional form, such as 4&frasl;2 or 21&frasl;3. To this problem, then, there is but one answer, that it is self-contradictory. But if we propose the following problem,—to find a fraction which, multiplied by itself, shall give a product lying between 6 and 6 + a; we find that this problem admits of solution in every case. It therefore admits of solution however small a may be… as small as you please.“

—  Augustus De Morgan British mathematician, philosopher and university teacher (1806-1871) 1806 - 1871
The Differential and Integral Calculus (1836), ...there is such a thing as the square root of 6, and it is denoted by &radic;<span style="text-decoration: overline">6</span>. But we do not say we actually find this, but that we approximate to it.

### „The right method in any particular case must be largely determined by the nature of the problem.“

—  Arnold Toynbee British economic historian 1852 - 1883
Lectures on The Industrial Revolution in England (1884), p. 29

### „An attempt to improve intergroup relations has to face a wide variety of tasks. It deals with problems of attitude and stereotypes in regard to other groups and to one's own group, with problems of development of attitudes and conduct during childhood and adolescence, with problems of housing, and the change of the legal structure of the community; it deals with problems of status and caste, with problems of economic discrimination, with political leadership and with leadership in many aspects of community life. It deals with the small social body of a family, a club or a friendship group, with the larger social body of a school or a school system, with neighborhoods and with social bodies of the size of a community, of the state, a nation and with international problems.“

—  Kurt Lewin German-American psychologist 1890 - 1947
1940s, Action research and minority problems, 1946, p. 36.

### „What happens when a brain is educated in problems? It can never solve problems; it can only create more problems. When a brain that is trained to have problems, and to live with problems, solves one problem, in the very solution of that problem, it creates more problems.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
1980s, That Benediction is Where You Are (1985), Context: From childhood we are trained to have problems. When we are sent to school, we have to learn how to write, how to read, and all the rest of it. How to write becomes a problem to the child. Please follow this carefully. Mathematics becomes a problem, history becomes a problem, as does chemistry. So the child is educated, from childhood, to live with problems — the problem of God, problem of a dozen things. So our brains are conditioned, trained, educated to live with problems. From childhood we have done this. What happens when a brain is educated in problems? It can never solve problems; it can only create more problems. When a brain that is trained to have problems, and to live with problems, solves one problem, in the very solution of that problem, it creates more problems. From childhood we are trained, educated to live with problems and, therefore, being centred in problems, we can never solve any problem completely. It is only the free brain that is not conditioned to problems that can solve problems. It is one of our constant burdens to have problems all the time. Therefore our brains are never quiet, free to observe, to look. So we are asking: Is it possible not to have a single problem but to face problems? But to understand those problems, and to totally resolve them, the brain must be free. p. 18

### „The faith is not the problem, the problem is the faithful.“

—  Robert Ferrigno, Prayers for the Assassin
Prayers For The Assassin (2006)

### „The problem is not scarcity; the problem is power.“

—  Jim Stanford Canadian economist 1961
Economics For Everyone (2008), Part 4, Chapter 22, Development(and Otherwise), p. 270

### „It seems to me that the real problem is the mind itself, and not the problem which the mind has created and tries to solve. If the mind is petty, small, narrow, limited, however great and complex the problem may be, the mind approaches that problem in terms of its own pettiness. If I have a little mind and I think of God, the God of my thinking will be a little God, though I may clothe him with grandeur, beauty, wisdom, and all the rest of it.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986
1950s, Context: It seems to me that the real problem is the mind itself, and not the problem which the mind has created and tries to solve. If the mind is petty, small, narrow, limited, however great and complex the problem may be, the mind approaches that problem in terms of its own pettiness. If I have a little mind and I think of God, the God of my thinking will be a little God, though I may clothe him with grandeur, beauty, wisdom, and all the rest of it. It is the same with the problem of existence, the problem of bread, the problem of love, the problem of sex, the problem of relationship, the problem of death. These are all enormous problems, and we approach them with a small mind; we try to resolve them with a mind that is very limited. Though it has extraordinary capacities and is capable of invention, of subtle, cunning thought, the mind is still petty. It may be able to quote Marx, or the Gita, or some other religious book, but it is still a small mind, and a small mind confronted with a complex problem can only translate that problem in terms of itself, and therefore the problem, the misery increases. So the question is: Can the mind that is small, petty, be transformed into something which is not bound by its own limitations? Sixth Talk in New Delhi (31 October 1956) http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/krishnamurti-teachings/view-text.php?tid=570&chid=4889&w=%22It+seems+to+me+that+the+real+problem+is+the+mind+itself%22, J.Krishnamurti Online, JKO Serial No. 561031, Vol. X, p. 155

—  Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

### „Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.“

—  Scott Adams cartoonist, writer 1957

### „A problem shared is a problem doubled.“

—  David Gemmell, livro Legend
Drenai series, Legend, Pt 1: Against the Horde, Ch. 1

### „The worker is not the problem. The problem is at the top! Management!“

—  W. Edwards Deming American professor, author, and consultant 1900 - 1993
Cultural Transformation Study Guide http://forecast.umkc.edu/ftppub/ba541/DEMINGLIBRARY/DLVol24-25.PDF Accessed December 19, 2006

### „Life is problems. Living is solving problems.“

—  Raymond E. Feist, livro Silverthorn

### „The way we see the problem is the problem.“

—  Stephen R. Covey American educator, author, businessman and motivational speaker 1932 - 2012

### „Our problem at the moment is a problem of success.“

—  Edward Heath Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1970–1974) 1916 - 2005
Prime Minister, Six weeks before the three-day week, November 1973.[citation needed]