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Problem-Solving Quotes

We’ve collected the best Problem-Solving Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Jamie Hyneman, Marvin Minsky, Herbert A. Simon, Margaret J. Wheatley, Emma Walton Hamilton. Use them as an inspiration.

When I’m problem-solving with something, I have, effectively, a CAD program in my head that’s like a room that has specific qualities to it that I go to some deal of effort to populate. Textures and smells, something like that.
The degree of intelligence that a man or a machine can show depends on many qualities of the ways that knowledge, goals, and problem-solving techniques are represented and put together, and not so much on the fine details.
I like to think that since I was about 19, I have studied human decision-making and problem-solving.
Too many problem-solving sessions become battlegrounds where decisions are made based on power rather than intelligence.
The arts are the most uniquely suited to provide young people with critical-thinking skills, problem-solving, teamwork and collaboration, empathy and tolerance and compassion, looking at the other point of views.
I find fight scenes actually more interesting, in a way, than chase scenes because you‘re watching your character go through this problem-solving process and fight the antagonist mano-a-mano. It’s more powerful, more emotional.
I credit my mom with inspiring in me a love of design, matched by her creative problem-solving abilities. This is a woman who could find an old, discarded piece of furniture, bring it home and turn it into something fabulous.
Me and my husband think the internet is a really positive thing. We know games that have taught our children problem-solving skills but that doesn’t mean we are going to say playCall of Duty.’
I’m not afraid of problem-solving. There is always a way.
Hanneli Mustaparta
Whatever I’ve experienced in my life is a part of my story, and I’m proud of that. But it’s someone who wakes up early, works all day, believes in charitable work, business-minded, diligent, accountable, problem-solving… I’m so much about school, consistency and tradition.
Learning to fly an airplane taught me a way of thinking, an approach to problem-solving that was applicable and effective. Pilots are very methodical and meticulous, and artists tend not to be.
Problem-solving is essential to engineering. Engineers are constantly on the lookout for a better way to do things.
As a teacher at Princeton, I’m surrounded by people who work hard so I just make good use of my time. And I don’t really think of it as work – writing a novel, in one sense, is a problem-solving exercise.
Children have such vibrant minds. They need to play. They need to be creative. They need to imagine. It’s so important for their sense of self discovery. And it helps them learn problem-solving.
Jan Brett
We are looking for a set of personal characteristics that predict success, the first and foremost of which is perseverance in the face of challenges. We also look for the ability to influence and motivate others who share your values, strong problem-solving ability, and leadership.
My research career has been devoted to understanding human decision-making and problem-solving processes. The pursuit of this goal has led me into the fields of political science, economics, cognitive psychology, computer science and philosophy of science, among others.
Even the picturesque prehistoric settlements at Akrotiri on the Greek island of Santorini were an exercise in problem-solving; white-washed homes and town halls built with an anti-earthquake technology still employed today, 3,500 years on.
As the world we live in is so unpredictable, the ability to learn and to adapt to change is imperative, alongside creativity, problem-solving, and communication skills.
Problem-solving becomes a very important part of our makeup as we grow into maturity or move up the corporate ladder.
I pray, read the word, and then creative stuff happens here. Problem-solving and all of that comes into that space. So ‘Da Box’ actually represents my sanctuary and that time. I might look trapped in a box, but I’m actually more free in that box than anyone on the outside looking in or in any other space in my life.
Americans are a can-do people, an enthusiastic people, a problem-solving people. And when given a direction and given a plan, they’ll sign on.
Henry Cisneros
I considered going into business or becoming a lawyer – not for the money, but for the thrill of problem-solving.
We experience problem-solving sessions as war zones, we view competing ideas as enemies, and we use problems as weapons to blame and defeat opposition forces. No wonder we can’t come up with real lasting solutions!
Republicans must sell a big-cause, problem-solving vision – low-ego and happy-warrior in tone.
I see no reason why there still are large lectures in universities throughout the world. When people gather, they should be interactive, problem-solving, and experimenting; not passively listening.
The best way to promote and protect opportunity is through collaboration, consensus-building, and pragmatic problem-solving. Throughout nearly 30 years in public service, I have approached tough challenges by making room for as many people as possible around the table in search of common ground.
I think there are definitely two types of student: the academic kids and the 50% who fail. It’s very clear to see – it’s fact. We’re not doing enough for those who fail; they need a more physical, tactile approach, involving people skills, team-building, problem-solving, building things.
My dad is a mathematician; I think we both have that problem-solving, looking-for-patterns way of thinking.
I’ve learned over decades of building that a deadline is a potent tool for problem-solving.
Problem-solving, inventing, hacking and coding is more of an adrenaline rush of endorphins rather than a feeling.
What takes place in the Security Council more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem-solving.
Snowden is an orderly thinker, with an engineer‘s approach to problem-solving.
I think people are tired of just, this kind of continuous conflict. They want to see principled problem-solving.