Problem Solving Quotes

Below are some quotes on problem solving. To know how to use and implement quotes into your everyday life and leadership I suggest reading: How to use Quotes. You can also get a free copy of my quote book Characteristics and Qualities of a Great Leader by clicking here. Problem Solving is one of the many topics in the book but most of the below quotes are not featured in the book.

“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

“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

“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” ~Voltaire

“Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” ~Richard Bach

“We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.” ~Abdul Kalam

“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.” ~Dwight Eisenhower

“Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.” ~Robert Kiyosaki

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” ~John Dulles

“Never try to solve all the problems at once – make them line up for you one-by-one.” ~Richard Sloma

“Again and again, the impossible decision is solved when we see that the problem is only a touch decision waiting to be made.” ~Robert Schuller

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

“Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made. ~Robert Schuller

“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” ~Brendan Francis

“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.” ~Albert Einstein

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” ~Abraham Maslow

“Stop looking for solutions to problems and start looking for the right path.” ~Andy Stanley

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” ~Henry Ford

“Leaders are problem solvers by talent and temperament, and by choice.” ~Harlan Cleveland

Questions: Can you add to the list? Which of these problem solving quotes is your favorite?  

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  • DS

    I enjoyed you including the Robert Kiyosaki quote. Opportunity is a great way to describe problems/obstacles.

    • That’s a good one. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • My favorite quote was “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal
    with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” ~John
    Dulles

    Any problem can be solved. But if you take no action and put forth no effort you will always be stuck with the same problem. So the measure of success isn’t about money or anything else. It’s about how much progress you have made over time. This quote is so perfect.

    Great list Dan!

    • Hello Kevin,

      That’s a great one! It’s about learning and becoming better through the different seasons of life, the main goal is to not keep learning those important lessons. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • You know I love good quotes. My favorites are by Einstein. I’ve used a few of my own over the years, “Giant problems are like giant stepping stones on the way to achieving success.” And, “Trials in this life can either destroy or define us, it is a choice and a mindset.” Thanks for sharing, Dan. I always love your quote posts…

    • Love that second quote, Floyd. Like the first one too, for that matter.

      • Thanks, Barb. Having faced some tough times gives us some wisdom from Above…

    • Yes, I do:) Those are great and wise quotes. Thanks for sharing them.

  • I like the thought of “making your problems line up…” It just puts a different perspective on who’s really in charge of the problem, me or the problem.

    • That one really stuck out to me as well. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • Great quotes Dan!

    • Thanks bro! Glad you enjoyed them.

  • I loved the Albert Einstein quote. “You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.”

    • It’s a great one. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • So I guess that means we need to get a different perspective?

  • Rohn and Peale are two of my all time favorites! Thanks for the motivational kick Dan.

    • Glad you enjoyed them:) Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • I like Richard Bach, Peale, and Einstein the best.

    • Those are good ones! Thanks for sharing your favorite ones.

  • Boy, it’s hard to pick one favorite because I like so many of them! Here are my three favorites:

    “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” ~John Dulles

    “Never try to solve all the problems at once – make them line up for you one-by-one.” ~Richard Sloma

    Problem Solving Quotes

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    Below are some quotes on problem solving. To know how to use and implement quotes into your everyday life and leadership I suggest reading: How to use Quotes. You can also get a free copy of my quote book Characteristics and Qualities of a Great Leader by clicking here. Problem Solving is one of the many topics in the book but most of the below quotes are not featured in the book.

    “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

    “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

    “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” ~Voltaire

    “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” ~Richard Bach

    “We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.” ~Abdul Kalam

    “If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.” ~Dwight Eisenhower

    “Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.” ~Robert Kiyosaki

    “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” ~John Dulles

    “Never try to solve all the problems at once – make them line up for you one-by-one.” ~Richard Sloma

    “Again and again, the impossible decision is solved when we see that the problem is only a touch decision waiting to be made.” ~Robert Schuller

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

    “Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made. ~Robert Schuller

    “The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” ~Brendan Francis

    I’m off to escape my problems! (In a Brendan Francis way.)

    • Barb,

      Glad you enjoyed the quotes! I really like the Brendan one, it’s a solid perspective. Thank you for sharing.

  • David

    I like the John Dulles quote, it made me smile because it hits pretty close to home, sometimes it’s like I’m on the proverbial hamster wheel. Albert Einstein’s quote is a good one as well, since I create a lot of my own problems it keeps me climbing …

    • Glad you enjoyed these quotes. Hope they spark your thinking and help you.

      Do you have a site or blog?

      • David

        No, I don’t have a blog, at least not yet. I mentioned over at “Stretched” the other day that my feet are firmly planted in the”thinking about blogging” arena.

  • Love this one: ““Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” ~Richard Bach

    If we would only view problems as potential we’d be more eager to face them head on.

    I’ve read the Einstein quotes before and really like them as well.

    • That’s a good one, we just need to remember that when facing problems. Thanks for reading and sharing.

  • I’m not sure if it’s a “problem solving” quote, but I’m partial to – You can’t make a positive change with a negative attitude. By yours truly.

    I’m a big fan of Abraham Maslow’s quote “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” that you posted.

    • That’s a great one Ellory, I totally agree! Having a positive attitude is so essential.

      It’s a great illustration. Thanks for reading and adding to the topic.

    • Maslow’s is one of my favorites as well!

  • Great quote collection – one of my favorites is related to time management, but it can apply here is well

    “The worst use of time is to do very well what need not be done at all.” I did not find the original attribution, but I heard this first from Brian Tracy.

    • Ya, that’s a great one. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Jon, that’s an awesome quote! Let us know if you find the original attribution.

  • What a varied list of folks you have included, Dan. Great thoughts can come from lots of places, eh? Love the Voltaire one: “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” So True.

    • They sure can:) That’s a good one. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • Dan, these quotes remind me of something my dad used to often tell me when I was growing up, he’d say,
    “If I can’t fix it then it ain’t broke.”

    Whenever I think about what my dad said it always gives me hope and encourages me to keep pressing on and looking for a solution. I think my dad was such a great problem solver and fixer because he had so much experience and he never gave up. Problem solving is a skill and with time and experience we can all become better at it.

    • I really like that play on what sounds like a familiar quote, but actually is much more meaningful! I’m glad you shared that with us Caleb.

    • Great words of wisdom. “Never giving up” is so essential. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Ok, I have to comment again because this just came to my mind and it’s one of my favorite Bible verses and also it shows how God uses problems to do wonderful and good things. The quote is from Joseph in response to his brothers who think that Joseph will want to take revenge on them now that he is a prince in Egypt. Joseph however sees the problem from different perspective and says,

    “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

    • Great passage!!! Thank you for sharing and adding it.

  • Great quotes Dan!

  • Dan you know the first quote on the list is my favorite from Jim Rohn. I know I will eventually expand my horizons just beyond Jim Rohn Quotes :-) but he is my mentor what can i say. Great quotes, here and in your Book.

    • HA:) I thought you would enjoy that one. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Hi Dan,

    What a wonderful set of quotes, my friend!

    Thank you for compiling them.The following one really struck a chord with me:

    “If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.” ~Dwight Eisenhower

    What the above tells me us is to make a problem bigger if we can’t find a solution. Indeed, by making it bigger we increase the scope to find a solution. This is brilliant!

    Thank you.

    • Glad you enjoyed them Hiten:) That’s a great one! Thank you for adding to the topic.

  • Love that one by John Dulles! “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal
    with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.”. well said!

    • Glad you enjoyed the posts! That’s a good one. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Hazel Moon

    I found your post over at Rick’s Saturday shortcuts http://www.plannedpeasanthood.com/2013/07/saturday-shortcuts-8/
    People tend to love to talk about problems, expecially their own, rather than doing something about them. May we all be a doer of the words and not a listener only.

    • Hello Hazel Moon,

      Thank you for coming over to read the quotes. Hope you enjoyed them. Do you have a blog?

  • Harlan Cleveland’s quote is a good one.

    • That’s a good one! Thank you for sharing.

  • Hazel Moon

    I enjoyed these quotes and it is difficult to select a favorite. This one is good – “Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” ~Henry Ford I find when I have a problem – it is best for me to sleep on it and by morning I have a better view of what to do.

    • That’s great advice, Hazel Moon. Thank you for reading and adding to the conversation.