A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 15, 2018
“Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution”

“Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The easiest way to escape from the problem is to solve it” is a saying that has been printed on many images. “The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. — Brendan Francis” was published in a 1981 book. “The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. —Alan Saporta” was published in a 1999 book, but Francis citations precede Saporta citations.

“Running away from any problem only increases the distance frm the solutions............” was posted on Twitter on July 24, 2009. “Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution...!” was posted on Twitter on November 21, 2009. Authorship is unknown.

The two sayings were eventually combined. “Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The Easiest way to escape from a problem is to solve it” was posted on Twitter on June 15, 2011.


Google Books
Dog Problems:
A Professional Trainer’s Guide to Preventing and Correcting Aggression

By Carol Lea Benjamin
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1981
Pg. 50:
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. — Brendan Francis

Google Books
Chess
Volume 50, Issue 947 - Volume 51, Issue 1002
1985
Pg. 232:
As Brendan Francis puts it, “the best way to escape from a problem is to solve it!”

17 September 1986, Pittsburgh (PA) ost-Gazette, pg. 8, col. 5:
Today’s Thought
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.
-- Brendan Francis

18 June 1990, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, pg. 8, col. 3:
TODAY’S THOUGHT
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.
-- Brendan Francis

6 March 1996, Business World (Manila, Philippines), “In the Workplace: 100 quotable quotes,” pg. 20:
69. “The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” - anonymous

24 June 1996, The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), “A Daily Miscellany of Information” by Michael Kesterton, pg. A16:
Thought du jour
“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.”—Brendan Francis.

Google Books
The Unofficial Guide to Investing in Mutual Funds
By Stacie Zoe Berg
New York, NY: Wiley
1999
Pg. 94:
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. —Alan Saporta

Google Books
The Language of Literature
By Arthur N. Applebee
Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell
2001
Pg. 433:
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.—Alan Saporta, writer

Google Groups: england.religion.christian
Quote of the day..... 9/12/01
Taurus212
9/12/01
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.
-Alan Saporta

Twitter
Zen Buddhism
@newzbthisname2
“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” - Alan Saporta
5:10 AM - 16 May 2008

Twitter
Tien N. Nguyen
@quotecollection
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. -Brendan Francis-
11:57 AM - 2 Jun 2008

Twitter
Nick Anderson
@Nickrulez
Running away from any problem only increases the distance frm the solutions............
7:16 PM - 24 Jul 2009

Twitter
roniash
@Roniash
Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution...!
1:15 AM - 21 Nov 2009

Twitter
Nicola & Leigh Fan ツ
@NicolaFarrowFan
Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The Easiest way to escape from a problem is to solve it..
8:00 PM - 15 Jun 2011

Twitter
Leland Jimenez
@lelandzenemij
Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The easiest way to escape from a problem is to solve it.
3:36 AM - 19 Jul 2011

Google Groups: Smart Money Inc.
Quote for the day
Zoher Doctorr
6/28/11
Running away from any PROBLEM
only increases the distance from the SOLUTION.

30 October 2012, The Community Press (Sedgwick, Alberta), “Jimmy the Janitor entertains in Killam” by Lois Prichard, pg. 2:
Thought for the week: “Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The easiest way to escape from the problem is to solve it.”

Google Books
Human in Person:
One Life to Live

By Dr. N Prabhu Dev
New Delhi, India: Partridge Publishing
2016
Pg. ?:
Running away from any problem only increases the distance from the solution. The Easiest way to escape from a problem is to solve it.