„You seem to be using some sort of logical system where when you get near any explanation, you say: “By definition my problem is insoluble. Now that explanation over there would solve it. But since I’ve defined my problem as insoluble, then by definition that solution doesn’t apply.”“
„Dualism makes the problem insoluble; materialism denies the existence of any phenomenon to study, and hence of any problem.“
— John Rogers Searle American philosopher 1932
Consciousness and Language (2002) p. 47.
„It is an occupational risk of biologists to claim, towards the end of their careers, that the problems which they have not solved are insoluble.“
— John Maynard Smith British theoretical evolutionary biologist and geneticist 1920 - 2004
John Maynard Smith (1988) Games, sex and evolution. p. 249.
„It is commonly said that a pattern, however it is written, has four essential parts: a statement of the context where the pattern is useful, the problem that the pattern addresses, the forces that play in forming a solution, and the solution that resolves those forces. … it supports the definition of a pattern as "a solution to a problem in a context", a definition that [unfortunately] fixes the bounds of the pattern to a single problem-solution pair“
— Martin Fowler British programmer 1963
— John Gall American physician 1925 - 2014
p. 74 Cited in: Roger Kaufman and Fenwick W. English (1979) Needs Assessment: Concept and Application, p. 94
„When you have shot and killed a man you have in some measure clarified your attitude toward him. You have given a definite answer to a definite problem.“
— R. A. Lafferty American writer 1914 - 2002
Context: When you have shot and killed a man you have in some measure clarified your attitude toward him. You have given a definite answer to a definite problem. For better or worse you have acted decisively. In a way, the next move is up to him. "Golden Gate" in Golden Gate and Other Stories (1982)
„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.“
— Shimon Peres Israeli politician, 8th prime minister and 9th president of Israel 1923 - 2016
As quoted by Donald Rumsfeld in "Sharon's Victory" https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB981508176687515426, Wall Street Journal (7 February 2001)
„The problems of the real world are primarily those you are left with when you refuse to apply their effective solutions.“
— Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002
Dijkstra (1988) " On the cruelty of really teaching computing science http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/transcriptions/EWD10xx/EWD1036.html (EWD1036).
„If solutions could be offered within the existing system, there would be no need to design. Thus designers have to transcend the existing system. Their task is to create a different system or devise a new one. That is why designers say they can truly define the problem only in light of the solution. The solution informs them as to what the real problem is.“
— Béla H. Bánáthy Hungarian linguist and systems scientist 1919 - 2003
„The international problems with which the United Nations is concerned are the problems of the interrelations of the peoples of the world. They are human problems. The United Nations is entitled to believe, and it does believe, that there are no insoluble problems of human relations and that there is none which cannot be solved by peaceful means. The United Nations“
— Ralph Bunche American diplomat 1903 - 1971
Context: The international problems with which the United Nations is concerned are the problems of the interrelations of the peoples of the world. They are human problems. The United Nations is entitled to believe, and it does believe, that there are no insoluble problems of human relations and that there is none which cannot be solved by peaceful means. The United Nations - in Indonesia, Palestine, and Kashmir - has demonstrated convincingly that parties to the most severe conflict may be induced to abandon war as the method of settlement in favour of mediation and conciliation, at a merciful saving of untold lives and acute suffering. Unfortunately, there may yet be some in the world who have not learned that today war can settle nothing, that aggressive force can never be enough, nor will it be tolerated. If this should be so, the pitiless wrath of the organized world must fall upon those who would endanger the peace for selfish ends. For in this advanced day, there is no excuse, no justification, for nations resorting to force except to repel armed attack.
— Rudy Giuliani American businessperson and politician, former mayor of New York City 1944 - 2001
As quoted in RFID Journal, February 28, 2005. http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/1421/1/2/
„Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.“
— H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Second Series
"The Divine Afflatus" in New York Evening Mail (16 November 1917); later published in Prejudices: Second Series (1920) and A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949) The portion after the second semicolon is widely paraphrased or misquoted. Two examples are "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong" and "There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong."
„It [thought] is a mechanical thing and can solve only mechanical problems. But you want to use it to understand something living; that is the problem. It is not intended for that. Human problems are something living. You cannot use thinking to solve those problems.“
— U.G. Krishnamurti Indian philosopher 1918 - 2007
Stopped in Our Tracks, Book Two: Excerpts from U.G.'s Dialogues (2005) by K. Chandrasekhar
„Science is a special kind of explanation of the things we see around us. It starts with a problem and curiosity. Something strikes the scientist as odd. It doesn’t fit in with the usual explanation. Maybe harder thinking or more careful observation will resolve the problem. If it remains apuzzle, it stimulates the scientist’s imagination.“
— Tony Hey
Ch. 1 : Waves versus particles