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Problem Solving

  • ... the best way to sharpen a knife is not to whet one side of it only. And neither can you solve a riddle by considering only one end of it.

  • The art of detection is finding a common denominator for the fractions of a case.

  • He hoped he would die before the party. As a solver of problems it is a fact that death has been over-rated.

  • Listen to the people who are talking about how to fix what's wrong, not the ones who just work people into a snit over the problems. Listen to the people who have ideas about how to fix things, not the ones who just blame others.

  • We will rescue ourselves from our present dilemma when we substitute intelligence for force.

  • If you can't find the way out, it might as well not be there.

  • When one is working out a problem ... life becomes duality. One's ego transacts the ordinary routine of things, as if the mind had an upper and lower story and the regular performance of the day's duties moved and motivated on the upper floor, while down below the all-absorbing problem toils silently, forcefully, toward its solution.

  • The people who created the crisis in the first place will not be the ones that come up with a solution.

  • [After Alabama decided not to renew midwife licenses:] I don't need a permit to deliver no babies. ... I know they cain't stop a daddy from deliverin his own baby. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if I was asked to he'p a daddy.

    • Onnie Lee Logan,
    • with Katherine Clark, Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife's Story ()
  • If the door is locked, try the window.

  • If there is no way out, the best course of action is to find a way further in.