Quotes with problem
This planet has -- or rather had -- a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
You know, even as a kid, I always went for the wrong women. I think that's my problem. When my mother took me to see Snow White, everyone fell in love with Snow White. I immediately fell for the Wicked Queen.
Annie Hall (1977)
If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.
Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)
I knew I was going to get blasted somewhere for name-dropping. I have this problem: for the greater part of my life, everybody that I was close to was a 'name' that was known to somebody for some reason. I can`t help it. What am I going to do?
Interview with Chicago Tribute, June 15, 1989
If philosophers are really to deal with the problem of human existence -- and no other professional group in society is likely to take over the job for them -- they might very well begin by asking: How does philosophy itself exist at the present time? Or, more concretely: How do philosophers exist in the modern world?
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
Our problem in money-making or government affairs is how to remain properly venturesome and experimental without making fools of ourselves.
America has forged this success while utilizing, in large part, only half of the country's talent. For most of our history, women -- whatever their abilities -- have been relegated to the sidelines. Only in recent years have we begun to correct that problem.
"Warren Buffett is bullish ... on women" in Fortune, published on May 2, 2013
There's lots of problem solving in any marriage, but when you have this collective goal that is a human being, it's an inspiring rally point.
Even when I was studying mathematics, physics, and computer science, it always seemed that the problem of consciousness was about the most interesting problem out there for science to come to grips with.
The best mental effort in the game of business is concentrated on the major problem of securing the consumer’s dollar before the other fellow gets it.
Your money's worth: a study in the waste of the consumer's dollar (1927)
If the true essence of life is the accumulation of experience through generations, then one may perhaps suspect that the key problem in biology from the physicists point of view is how living matter manages to record and perpetuate its experience.
For no matter how much intellectual luggage we carry around in our heads, it becomes valuable only if we know how to use the information-only if we are able to relate one fact of a problem to the others do we truly understand them.
Address at the Gettysburg College Convocation: The Importance of Understanding (April 4, 1959).
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
It says they [gay] should not be marginalised because of this but that they must be integrated into society. The problem is not having this orientation. We must be brothers. The problem is lobbying by this orientation, or lobbies of greedy people, political lobbies, Masonic lobbies, so many lobbies. This is the worse problem.
Interview with Vatican journalists, July 29, 2013
I think the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse.
An Economist's Protest (1975)
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
The Art of Loving (1956). The full quotation contains a more reserved statement, but this shorter version is non-the-less widely quoted.
Society must be organized in such a way that man's social, loving nature is not separated from his social existence, but becomes one with it. If it is true, as I have tried to show, that love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence, then any society which excludes, relatively, the development of love, must in the long run perish of its own contradiction with the basic necessities of human nature.
The Art of Loving (1956)
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.
Man for Himself (1947)
It is a belief that says small businesses in the United States simply do not work; the people who own them do. And what we have also discovered is that the people who own small businesses in this country work far more than they should for the return they’re getting. Indeed, the problem is not that the owners of small businesses in this country don’t work; the problem is that they’re doing the wrong work.
The E-Myth Revisited
The problem with most failing businesses I’ve encountered is not that their owners don’t know enough about finance, marketing, management, and operations—they don’t, but those things are easy enough to learn—but that they spend their time and energy defending what they think they know.
The E-Myth Revisited
The loser is always a part of the problem; the winner is always a part of the answer. The loser always has an excuse; the winner always has a program. The loser says it may be possible, but it's difficult; the winner says it may be difficult, but it's possible.
And that’s the first surprise about change: What looks like a people problem is often a situation problem.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (2010)
You have to be burning with "an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right." If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.
It’s not a sign of creativity to have sixty-five ideas for one problem. It’s just a waste of energy.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong.
In New York Evening Mail, November 16 1917.
Winning a game is ephemeral. To just try to win is blasphemous. You have to do it right. I don't want anything to do with the bastardization of the purity of the game. The pleasure I get is playing. Until the final buzzer, I haven't lost. I'm a winner for 47 minutes and 50 seconds. So what does the winner get that I don't? Ten more seconds of pleasure, that's all. The mere fact I tried is a win. But the main point is, it's just such a pleasure to be a professional athlete. The problem with many athletes is they take themselves seriously and their sport lightly.
Interview in Sports Illustrated, March 30, 1981.
I've always felt like a kid, and I still feel like a kid, and I've never had any problem tapping into my childhood, and my kid side.
Society had a crime problem. It hired cops to attack crime. Now society has a cop problem.
Still Life with Woodpecker (1980)
A glance at the situation today only too clearly indicates that equality of opportunity as we have known it no longer exists. Our industrial plant is built; the problem just now is whether under existing conditions it is not overbuilt. Our last frontier has long since been reached, and there is practically no more free land. More than half of our people do not live on the farms or on lands and cannot derive a living by cultivating their own property. There is no safety valve in the form of a Western prairie to which those thrown out of work by the Eastern economic machines can go for a new start. We are not able to invite the immigration from Europe to share our endless plenty. We are now providing a drab living for our own people.
Commonwealth Club Address, San Francisco, CA on September 23, 1932
The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.
Address to the Deep Waterway Convention, Memphis, TN, October 4, 1907
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
Mortals and Others (1931-35). This is misquoted. The original: "The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."
What are lawyers really? To me a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We're all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there's a problem, the lawyer is the only person that has actually read the inside of the top of the box.
Civil Rights issue went right through the series with our black neighbors. That was marvelous marvelous stuff. Uncovering bigotry and uncovering it with -- humor was nothing like humor to burst what seems to be an enormous problem. Humor reduces it to nothing and wipes it out.
Interview on November 28, 2000 by Karen Herman.
The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.
The problem of cat versus bird is as old as time. If we attempt to resolve it by legislation who knows but what we may be called upon to take sides as well in the age old problems of dog versus cat, bird versus bird, or even bird versus worm. In my opinion, the State of Illinois and its local governing bodies already have enough to do without trying to control feline delinquency.
Stevenson vetoed a bill that imposed fines on owners who allowed cats to run at large (April 23, 1949).
The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.
It is nice to know that the computer understands the problem. But I would like to understand it too.
Quoted in Physics Today, July 1993
If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
The central methodological problem for the historian...is to know how to interrogate witnesses, how to test evidence, how to assess the reliability and the relevance of testimony.
The solution of the problem of life is seen in the vanishing of the problem
Philosophy may in no way interfere with the actual use of language; it can in the end only describe it. For it cannot give it any foundation either. It leaves everything as it is. It also leaves mathematics as it is, and no mathematical discovery can advance it. A "leading problem of mathematical logic" is for us a problem of mathematics like any other.
The essential problem is how to govern a large-scale world with small-scale local minds.
Problem could be neurological. Everyone knows TV rots your brain.
House, Top Secret. By Dr. Gregory House.
This is our fault. Doctors over-prescribing antibiotics. Got a cold? Take some penicillin. Sniffles? No problem. Have some azithromycin. Is that not working anymore? Well, got your Levaquin. Antibacterial soaps in every bathroom. We'll be adding vancomycin to the water supply soon. We bred these superbugs. They're our babies. And they're all grown up and they've got body piercings and a lot of anger.
House, Maternity. By Dr. Gregory House.
People who have a problem with boxes are people who don't fit in them.
House, Don't Ever Change. By Dr. Eric Foreman.
I don't have a drinking problem I'm just really thristy.