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 November 08, 2012
“It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem”

Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), the publisher of Forbes magazine, said in 1975:

“It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.”

This saying was included in his book The Sayings of Chairman Malcolm: The Capitalist’s Handbook (1978). The quotation appears is several quotation collections.

Arthur Bloch’s Murphy’s Law 2000 (1999) defined “The Kibbitzer’s Rule” as “It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.”


Wikipedia: Malcolm Forbes
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes and today run by his son Steve Forbes.

Forbes.com
Thoughts On The Business Of Life
It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.
-- Malcolm Forbes

Google News Archive
7 July 1975, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA), “What Others Are Saying,” pg. 4, col. 7:
It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem. —Forbes.

OCLC WorldCat record
The sayings of Chairman Malcolm : the capitalist’s handbook
Author: Malcolm S Forbes
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, ©1978.
Edition/Format: Book : English : 1st ed

Google Books
Murphy’s Law 2000:
What Else Can Go Wrong in the 21st Century!

By Arthur Bloch
New York, NY: Price Stern Sloan
1999
Pg. 11:
THE KIBBITZER’S RULE:
It is much easier to suggest solutions when you know nothing about the problem.

Google Books
Real Estate Presentations That Make Millions
By Jim Remley
New York, NY: AMACOM
2007
Pg. 34:
“It is so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem."— Malcolm Forbes

Google Books
No Magic Bullet:
Seven Steps to Better Performance

By Joe Willmore
Alexandria, VA: ASTD Press
2009
Pg. 181:
It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem. —Malcom Forbes, executive and publisher

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, November 08, 2012 • Permalink