A quotation by Yitz Herstein
Factoring a quadratic becomes confused with genuine mathematical talent.
Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)
The value of a problem is not so much coming up with the answer as in the ideas and attempted ideas it forces on the would be solver.
Very often in mathematics the crucial problem is to recognize and discover what are the relevant concepts; once this is accomplished the job may be more than half done.