Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day's problems.— Anthony of Padua
Interesting Complex Problems quotations
Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem.
When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions.
Managers are not confronted with problems that are independent of each other, but with dynamic situations that consist of complex systems of changing problems that interact with each other. I call such situations messes. Problems are extracted from messes by analysis. Managers do not solve problems, they manage messes.
The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to undrstand. We listen to reply.
For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
Moreover, such a body freed from nervous tension and over-fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind that is always fully capable of successfully meeting all of the complex problems of modern living.
Even the most complex problem is resolved in the end.
Because if there's a question, there also is an answer.
The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.
The problem is that we attempt to solve the simplest questions cleverly, thereby rendering them unusually complex. One should seekthe simple solution.
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.
There are other dimensions of biotechnology.
If you think of biotechnology like the Internet, it's not a category - it's an infrastructure that can be deployed to sustain or disrupt. In health care, the most complex problems at the high end have to be dealt with in a problem-solving mode by the best, most experienced physicians you can find.
Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice.
We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex and, too often, silently borne.
The central problem of brand-building is getting a complex organization to execute a simple idea.
Be selective in your battles, don't make every problem a war.
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society. Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
If a photographic plate under the center of a lens focused on the heavens is exposed for hours, it comes to reveal stars so far away that even the most powerful telescopes fail to reveal them to the naked eye. In a similar way, time and concentration allow the intellect to perceive a ray of light in the darkness of the most complex problem.
Running from your problems is just adding another one to the list.
I am just as deaf as I am blind. The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus- the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It is taking so long, in fact, to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them.
If it can be solved, theres no need to worry, and if it can't be solved, worry is of no use.
Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
The most fundamental problem in software development is complexity.
There is only one basic way of dealing with complexity: divide and conquer
I regularly read Internet user groups filled with messages from people trying to solve software incompatibility problems that, in terms of complexity, make the U.S. Tax Code look like Dr. Seuss.
Anyone can run away, it's super easy. Facing problems and working through them, that's what makes you strong.
The world is a complex, interconnected, finite, ecological - social - psychological - economic system. We treat it as if it were not, as if it were divisible, separable, simple, and infinite. Our persistent, intractable global problems arise directly from this mismatch.
Many individuals and organization units contribute to every large decision, and the very problem of centralization and decentralization is a problem of arranging the complex system into an effective scheme.
It would be naïve to think that peace and justice can be achieved easily.
No set of rules or study of history will automatically resolve the problems ... However, with faith and perseverance, ... complex problems in the past have been resolved in our search for justice and peace.
Be grateful for small things, big things, and everything in between. Count your blessings, not your problems.
The general problem with ambitious systems is complexity.
[...] it is important to emphasize the value of simplicity and elegance, for complexity has a way of compounding difficulties.
Diverse groups of problem solvers outperformed the groups of the best individuals at solving complex problems. The reason: the diverse groups got stuck less often than the smart individuals, who tended to think similarly.
The depth of any story is proportionate to the protagonist's commitment to their goal, the complexity of the problem, and the grace of the solution.
Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution,
Boosting mankind's capability for coping with complex, urgent problems
The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem-solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
We are focused on features, not products.
We eliminated future products that would have made the complexity problem worse. We don't want to have 20 different products that work in 20 different ways. I was getting lost at our site keeping track of everything. I would rather have a smaller set of products that have a shared set of features.
There comes a point when you have to realize that you'll never be good enough for some people. The question is, is that your problem or theirs?
Occupying my mind with complex problems has been my best and most powerful and most reliable defense against my mental illness.
It doesn't matter how much you want. What really matters is how much you want it. The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter was much as does the willingness to solve it.
Storyboarding is what I call an "idea landscape" - one that can help unleash creativity, improve communication, and identify practical solutions to complex problems. The beauty of storyboarding is that ideas from an entire team are harnessed, not just those from the extroverts or vocal members.
Our agenda, by necessity, is as complex and encompassing as the problems we face: beware of politicians promising simple solutions.
We tend to rush toward the complex when trying to solve a daunting problem, but in this case, simplicity wins. Better buildings, responsible energy use and renewable energy choices are all we need to tackle both energy independence and climate change.