Philosophical thinking is logical thinking, and psychological problems are often rooted in the inability of people to think logically about problems of living.
In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. More than anything else, this new century demands new thinking: We must change our materially based analyses of the world around us to include broader, more multidimensional perspectives.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
Complex problems have simple, easy to understand wrong answers. (also cited as Grossman's Law)
All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them.
The answer to [our social problems] lies in democratic free thought where ideas may be generated, challenged, and accepted or rejected on the basis of scientific examination and verification, and evaluated on the basis of the highest human values that emerge from the developing society.
Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
Most teachers do not like controversy. A study some years ago found that 92 percent of teachers did not initiate discussion of controversial issues, 89 percent didn't discuss controversial issues when students brought them up, and 79 percent didn't believe they should. Among the topics that teachers felt children were interested in discussing but that most teachers believed should not be discussed in the classroom were the Vietnam War, politics, race relations, nuclear war, religion, and family problems such as divorce.
Throughout history, individuals have solved apparently impossible problems during moments of intense inner clarity. Variously called inspiration, peak performance, creative insight, and higher creativity, such moments produce illuminated understanding, which can then be shaped, revised, and carried forward by skill alone.
If you like things easy, you'll have difficulty. If you like problems, you'll succeed.
The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It's still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them.
One of life's problems is not that we aim too high and fail. But rather that we aim too low and succeed.
Problems of life and death cannot be resolved by any feeling, however rapturous.
Environmental problems are essentially ethical because the solutions we attempt depend on our self-perception as a species, and on the future we envision for ourselves and our descendants. And from these considerations flow our prescription of what is good for humanity and for the environment.
All social and political problems are interwoven – that energy, for example, affects economics, which in turn affects health, which in turn, affects education, work, family life, and a thousand other things. The attempt to deal with neatly defined problems in isolation from one another… creates only confusion and disaster.
The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.
Don't accept superficial solutions of difficult problems. It is better to do a little than much harm.