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Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence. It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine. (Magdalena Abakanowicz)

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems. (Scott Adams)

Because thought has by now been perverted into the solving of assigned problems, even what is not assigned is processed like a problem. (Theodor W. Adorno)

Art problems are problems of human relationship. (Josef Albers)

One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations. (Steve Allen)

The problem with prototypes is they don't always work. (Laurie Anderson)

'I must do something' will always solve more problems than 'Something must be done.' (Anonymous)

This is a time for the lessening of the call to the various gods to help us with our problems. Just as we have a brush or a chisel in our hands, we know that we are the creators of our own good and bad, our own justice and injustice. (Anonymous)

Avoid problems, and you'll never be the one who overcame them. (Richard Bach)

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them. (Christina Baldwin)

Most of the problems that plague our society - addiction, overeating, crime, domestic violence, prejudice, debt, unwanted pregnancy, educational failure, underperformance at school and work, lack of savings, failure to exercise - are in some degree a failure of self-control. (Roy F. Baumeister)

To the artist, all problems of art appear uniquely personal. Well, that's understandable enough, given that not many other activities routinely call one's basic self-worth into question. (David Bayles)

When you're in the shit up to your neck, there's nothing left to do but sing. (Samuel Beckett)

Problems can only exist if they have your attention. (Dr. Michael Beckwith)

I take on a philosophical and postmodernist approach to the art-making process, investigating problems on a personal and intuitive level. This process is what fuels my mind and informs me, raises new questions, and gives my work resonance. (Michael Bell)

Leaders learn by leading, and they learn best by leading in the face of obstacles. As weather shapes mountains, problems shape leaders. (Warren G. Bennis)

Artwork is really just 'sublimated problem-solving.' (Eleanor Blair)

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. (Niels Bohr)

Trouble rides behind and gallops with him. (Nicolas Boileau)

It is well known that 'problem avoidance' is an important part of problem solving. Instead of solving the problem, you go upstream and alter the system so that the problem does not occur in the first place. (Edward de Bono)

It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line. (Ashleigh Brilliant)

Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions. (Charles Brower)

The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing. (James Brown)

Too many potential creators are inhibited by a belief that gifted others solve problems directly. (D. T. Campbell)

Many problems are derived from the adult world moving away from any form of 'making.' Even the creativity of preparing a meal has been replaced with shoving a packet in the microwave. (Sarah Cannell)

Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn't mean the circus has left town. (George Carlin)

Actually, we have no problems - we have opportunities for which we should give thanks... An error we refuse to correct has many lives. It takes courage to face one's own shortcomings, and wisdom to do something about them. (Edgar Cayce)

-North...
Troubles are as endless as pleasures are brief ... (Louis-Ferdinand Celine)

You confuse two things: solving a problem and stating a problem correctly. It is only the second that is obligatory for an artist. (Anton Chekhov)

One of my biggest problems in life has been my inability to lie. (Billy Childish)

We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. (Pema Chodron)

-Change: Principles of Problem Formulation and Problem Resolution, 1974...
Every small problem most likely stems from the same root as large problems, and so there is no need to always go deep. One can use anything for the therapeutic process and/if this link is made. (Pema Chodron)

Painting is the same kind of problem as unfolding a long, sustained interlocked argument... It is a proposition commanded by a single unity of conception. (Winston Churchill)

Given an equal amount of intelligence, timidity will cause a thousand times more problems than audacity. (Carl von Clausewitz)

We need to be in the open mode when we are pondering a problem, but, once we come up with a solution, we must then switch to the closed mode to implement it. (John Cleese)

Far more interesting than problem solving is problem creation. (Chuck Close)

Don't cudgel your brains over my little problems. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

If a problem is insoluble, it is Necessity. Leave it alone. (Mason Cooley)

The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. (Calvin Coolidge)

Look at problems from as many viewpoints as possible. Figure out the implications of the problem. Implement the solution. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

Become a fixer, not just a fixture. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness. (Ram Dass)

Problems that go away by themselves come back by themselves. (Marcy E. Davis)

-The God Delusion...
If you don't understand how something works, never mind: just give up and say God did it... You don't understand how memories are laid down in the brain? Excellent!... Please don't go to work on the problem, just give up, and appeal to God. (Richard Dawkins)

Problems in science are sometimes made easier by adding complications. (Daniel Dennett)

Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems. (Rene Descartes)

It's not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year. (John Foster Dulles)

It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment. (Freeman Dyson)

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. (Albert Einstein)

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. (Albert Einstein)

Consequences are unpitying. (George Eliot)

The eternal problem of the human being is how to structure his waking hours. (Brian Eno)

The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time. (Antoine de Saint Exupery)

Here is the secret of inspiration: Tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you. (William Feather)

No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it. (Richard Feynman)

You have no idea how big the other fellow's troubles are. (B. C. Forbes)

Most people spend more time and energy in going around problems than in trying to solve them. (Henry Ford)

It might help to have a name for the problem. (Nina Allen Freeman)

Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve. (Erich Fromm)

One of life's best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. (Robert Fulghum)

Painting is mostly problem-solving. It's different each time. Self-confidence and assurance that come from hard work has a lot to do with finding solutions. And there is not only one way. (Sylvio Gagnon)

Problems are messages. (Shakti Gawain)

You can increase your problem-solving skills by honing your question-asking ability. (Michael J. Gelb)

What intrigues us as a problem, and what will satisfy us as a solution, will depend upon the line we draw between what is already clear and what needs to be clarified. (Nelson Goodman)

I like to figure things out and solve problems. (Temple Grandin)

Study artists who are dealing with the same problems that you're trying to solve. (Irwin Greenberg)

All these troubles revolve around the irritable mutual dependence of life and art - with their need and contempt for one another. Of necessity, to create is a temporary state and cannot be possessed... (Philip Guston)

We all would love sometimes to be free from our own knowledge. It is even the most difficult to unlearn - as the most important problems are. (Ernst Haas)

The problem of trying to create when in an unproductive mood can be overcome. I recharge my batteries by using my daydreaming 'skills' or I lose myself in a book on a struggling artist such as Van Gogh... (Matt Haider)

There is no problem too big to run away from. (Beverley J. Hanna)

Every time your brush strokes across the paper, or paint splashes onto a surface, you set up a problem-solving situation. It is through this problem-solving process that we actually learn to paint. (Joan Hansen)

-Silence of the Lambs
Problem solving is hunting. It is savage pleasure and we are born to it. (Thomas Harris)

Artists are problem solvers. That's what we do. There are always solutions. (Ann Heckel)

Problems worthy of attack / prove their worth by hitting back. (Piet Hein)

If the individual is narrowly concentrated on the goal, to the exclusion of other relevant aspects of the problem situation, he is often unable to achieve a solution. The creative thinker must stand sufficiently detached from his work. (Mary Henle)

Confidence in my understanding of formal aesthetics is not the problem. Those things are solvable. I solved them beautifully. (Eva Hesse)

I know when I have a problem and have done all I can to figure it, I keep listening in a sort of inside silence 'til something clicks and I feel a right answer. (Conrad Hilton)

If you don't understand a problem, then explain it to an audience and listen to yourself. (Tom Hirshfield)

I believe that the problem of how you depict something is a formal problem. It's an interesting one and it's a permanent one; there's no solution to it. There are a thousand and one ways you can go about it. There's no set rule. (David Hockney)

In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward. (Sherlock Holmes)

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in. (Edgar Watson Howe)

It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you. (Lady Bird Johnson)

When I get logical, and I don't trust my instincts - that's when I get in trouble. (Angelina Jolie)

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble. (Carl Gustav Jung)

You make problem, you have problem. (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. (Henry J. Kaiser)

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us. (Abdul Kalam)

I feel the symbolic world is the nub of a problem for an artist. (Anish Kapoor)

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities. We need men and women who can dream of things that never were... (John F. Kennedy)

A problem well stated is a problem half-solved. (Charles F. Kettering)

Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me. (Charles F. Kettering)

The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution. (Charles F. Kettering)

Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer. (Soren Kierkegaard)

We waited too long to resolve this... Negotiations went sideways, and then up and down. (Jeff Koons)

Joy comes from the conviction that creative, innovative problem-solving is not only an integral part of our abilities but our biggest natural high. (Rosemary Kralik)

Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered. (Stanley Kubrick)

Where there is no quick fix for some of our most pressing social problems, there may be only our ability to witness and feel the reality taking place around us. This feelingness is a service that artists offer to the world. (Suzanne Lacey)

No one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. (Dalai Lama)

Any problem can be solved using the materials in the room. (Edwin Land)

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass. (Ann Landers)

Pay attention to the inner voice that tells you when something feels right. Much of your creative problem-solving occurs at an unconscious level. (Nita Leland)

If you are having problems, use a bigger brush and work faster. (Robert Levers)

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. (George Lois)

The problem with having problems is that 'someone' always has it worse. (Tiffany Madison)

-Life, the Truth and Being Free...
Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them. (Steve Maraboli)

Beset by a difficult problem? Now is your chance to shine. Pick yourself up, get to work and get triumphantly through it. (Ralph Marston)

The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter as much as does the willingness to solve it. (Ralph Marston)

Every drawing should tell a story, the tale of the looking, the seeing, and the making. It should be the creation of a problem solved, whereby the viewer is offered a glimpse of the problem, and the journey and story of its solution. (Mick Maslen)

When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail. (Abraham Maslow)

Unconscious insights or answers to problems that come in reverie do not come hit or miss... they pertain to those areas in which the person consciously has worked laboriously and with dedication. (Rollo May)

When I am at the easel it is a dream-like state where small problems are presented one after the other and as they are solved the mind moves on to new problems. (Tom McCann)

Sometimes working on one painting will help solve a problem in another painting. (Mary Beth McKenzie)

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. (H. L. Mencken)

It is better to look for what works before you focus on what's broken. (C. W. Metcalf)

Work on two or more unrelated problems in parallel. When you run into a brick wall with one problem, move to the next. (Michael Michalko)

If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be. (John R. Miller)

There seemed to be endless obstacles... it seemed that the root cause of them all was fear. (Marion Milner)

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. (Moliere)

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. (Alfred A. Montapert)

Problems often come because people don't know yet what they are looking for. That only comes by discovering what they don't like, which comes from just doing it. (Mary Moquin)

Each painting presents its own set of problems, challenges and opportunities to grow. To be honest, I hope I never become entirely comfortable with what I'm doing... (Kathryn Mullaney)

Listening to and understanding our inner sufferings will resolve most of the problems we encounter. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

You can't always come up with the optimal solution, but you can usually come up with a better solution. (Barack Obama)

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. (Dolly Parton)

By not giving yourself time to tune in to your meandering mind, you're missing out on the surprising solutions it may offer. (Annie Murphy Paul)

When every physical and mental resource is focused, one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously. (Norman Vincent Peale)

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds. (Norman Vincent Peale)

It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. (M. Scott Peck)

Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well-informed just to be undecided about them. (Laurence J. Peter)

I must keep on trying, just to keep the experiment going until I get tired of it all. Even if the last result is not necessarily the best, I stop when my interest in the problem wanes. (Pablo Picasso)

Create some psychological space between you and your project by imagining you're doing it for someone else or contemplating what advice you'd give to another person in your predicament. (Daniel H. Pink)

Painting is no problem. The problem is what to do when you're not painting. (Jackson Pollock)

It is solved by walking. (Quaker proverb)

The best solutions are found by paring things down to their essence. (Francie Randolph)

If you don't have trouble paying the rent, you have trouble doing something else; one needs just a certain amount of trouble. (Robert Rauschenberg)

Every pothole in life holds a diamond lesson in it if we are willing to dig for it. (Barb Rees)

The pictures began to teach me. By generalizing a personal dilemma, they resolved it. (Gerhard Richter)

Every problem is a gift - without problems we would not grow. (Anthony Robbins)

Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. (Anthony Robbins)

The only people without problems are those in cemeteries. (Anthony Robbins)

If a picture wasn't going very well, I'd put a puppy in it. (Norman Rockwell)

Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom. (Jim Rohn)

To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask? (Jim Rohn)

It is not logical for art to be logical. Art goes against the grain of the times as readily as it goes with it and at the very same moment. Instead of seeking the nearest exit, art responds to a new situation by uncovering a labyrinth of problems. (Harold Rosenberg)

I use distance to help me 'see' better - walk away and get a cup of java... lay down and take a quick nap... get away from the problem. The idea is to let it go completely. When you return you will see what needs to be done. (Rick Rotante)

Literature got me into this mess and literature is going to have to get me out of it. (Philip Roth)

Our whole life is solving puzzles. (Erno Rubik)

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. (Theodore Rubin)

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. (Alan Saporta)

I alone must solve my problem. I have to clear my mind of everything else, think hard, analyze, explore my options, plan a strategy for the immediate situation, and then do whatever it takes. Sometimes it means scraping off what I have done and starting over again and again. (Richard Schmid)

I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution. (Robert H. Schuller)

No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it. (Charles Schulz)

There is a good side to every situation. (David J. Schwartz)

Modern science knows much about such conflicts. We call the mental state that engenders it ambivalence: a collision between thought and feeling. (David Seabury)

-in AD first century...
Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them. (Seneca)

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! (Dr. Seuss)

But what happens when we don't even know what problems we're trying to solve? In those kinds of situations, engaging in a process of discovery and making little bets complements more linear, procedural thinking. (Peter Sims)

The animation of the canvas is one of the hardest problems of painting... (Alfred Sisley)

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities. (Sophocles)

The older I become, the more I realize that drawing is the most important of all the problems of picture-making. (Joaquin Sorolla)

You've got to learn to live with what you can't rise above. (Bruce Springsteen)

The normal brain, when presented with a problem, has one area of the brain spring into action while the artistic brain has many areas light up to deal with the same problem. (Ron Stacy)

The problem is never the problem. The problem is that you don't even know how to think about the problem. (Dan Sullivan)

Going for growth solves an incredible number of problems. It's a game about the future that can evolve, respond, and transform any situation. (Dan Sullivan)

Enjoy your problems. (Shunryu Suzuki)

-Group of Seven Canadian Artist, 1877-1917...
Take everything as it comes; the wave passes, deal with the next one. (Tom Thomson)

Problems are an important part of maturing - meet them straight on. Work them out. It's like the chick in the egg. It has to break through the eggshell on its own. That's how it gains its first strength. If you break the shell for the chick, you end up with a puny little runt. (Mark Tobey)

Chance does nothing that has not been prepared beforehand. (Alexis de Tocqueville)

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. (Mark Twain)

-Instructions in Art, first published in Metropolitan Magazine, 1903...
I believe I have had the most trouble with a portrait which I painted in installments - the head on one canvas and the bust on another. (Mark Twain)

The most important thing to do in solving a problem is to begin. (Frank Tyger)

Yard by yard, life is hard – Inch by inch, life's a cinch. (Lao Tzu)

The three main problems that get art rejected all the time are overworking, overworking, and overworking. This overworking is often due to too much thinking. (Author unknown)

I see a flower. It gives me a sensation of the beautiful. I wish to paint it. And as soon as I wish to paint it I see the whole subject – flower – changed. It is now an art problem to resolve. (Georges Vantongerloo)

Like a mathematician who poses and solves problems in the abstract, or a composer who finds his music only within his own mind, the work germinates in the imagination with no external model and then is placed in a world of forms and colours. (Azik Vasken)

Every obstacle is destroyed through rigor. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. (Voltaire)

Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer. (Denis Waitley)

The problem in most work is knowing when to stop. There is a fine line between finished and overworked, but I shall never surrender. (Blake W. Ward)

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses. (William Arthur Ward)

What is your trouble? Mistaken identity. (Wei Wu Wei)

Too many problem-solving sessions become battlegrounds where decisions are made based on power rather than intelligence. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious. (Alfred North Whitehead)

You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought. (John Greenleaf Whittier)

There have been problems and bad times but perhaps even those bad times and problems have helped me to love life even more. (Bev Willis)

Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

A philosophical problem has the form: I don't know my way about. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

Problems are all in your head. Problems are not solved on the level of problems. Analysing a problem to find its solution is like trying to restore freshness to a leaf by treating the leaf itself, whereas the solution lies in watering the root. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

I am frequently out of control and, of course, run into lots of trouble. I think I like to create problems for the love of solving them. (Ann Zielinski)

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. (Zig Ziglar)


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