Problem-Solving Quotes


Whether you need to be inspired or prove a point, problem-solving quotes can be useful and effective. Short in words but not in meaning, these quotes summarize their authors' years of experience in leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, and teamwork.

Words are powerful. Every thought or communication you have about a problem either directs someone's behavior or guides your next decision. Studying these quotes about solving problems can be helpful as you work to engage a team, discover the root cause, or craft a solution.

"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." -Thomas Jefferson

"Seek first to understand, then to be understood." -Stephen R. Covey

"A problem well stated is a problem half solved." -Charles Kettering

"The first rule of any technology used in business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiancy." -Bill Gates

"If you add a little to a little and do this often enough, soon it will become great." -Hesiod, 8th Century BC Greek Poet

"Focus on outcome is not an effective way to improve a process or activity." -W. Edwards Deming

"The risk of insult is the price of clarity. And it's a price few are willing to pay." -Roy H. Williams

The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone? -Ecclesiastes 6:11 (NIV)

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal." -Henry Ford

"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today." -Mark Twain

"A jug fills drop by drop." -Buddha

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." -Albert Einstein

"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either." -Albert Einstein

"Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it." -Mark Twain

I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I've done that sort of thing in my life, but I've always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don't know why. Because they're harder. They're much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you've completely failed. -Steve Jobs


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