Quotations The Best Quotes About Simplicity  

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Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated. Confucius

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Outward simplicity befits ordinary men, like a garment made to measure for them; but it serves as an adornment to those who have filled their lives with great deeds: they might be compared to some beauty carelessly dressed and thereby all the more attractive. Jean de La Bruyère

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God always takes the simplest way. Albert Einstein

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Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to simplicity. Christian Nevell Bovee

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Simplicity is a pleasant thing in children, or at any age, but it is not necessarily admirable, nor is affectation altogether a thing of evil. To be normal, to be at home in the world, with a prospect of power, usefulness, or success, the person must have that imaginative insight into other minds that underlies tact and savoir-faire, morality and beneficence. This insight involves sophistication, some understanding and sharing of the clandestine impulses of human nature. A simplicity that is merely the lack of this insight indicates a sort of defect. Charles Cooley

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Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge. Winston Churchill

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My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. Ernest Hemingway

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All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. Winston Churchill

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The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. Warren Buffett

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Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. René Descartes

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A taste for simplicity cannot endure for long. Eugène Delacroix

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A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country, and a considerate humanity should be the aim of all beneath it. James Fenimore Cooper

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Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings. Robert Collier

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When the solution is simple, God is answering. Albert Einstein

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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein

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The price we pay for the complexity of life is too high. When you think of all the effort you have to put in --telephonic, technological and relational --to alter even the slightest bit of behavior in this strange world we call social life, you are left pining for the straightforwardness of primitive peoples and their physical work. Jean Baudrillard

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Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone. Albert Einstein

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Seek simplicity but distrust it. Alfred North Whitehead

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I have always observed that to succeed in the world a person must seem simple, yet wise. Montesquieu

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Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. Henry Ford

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Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail. Henry David Thoreau

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Everything is simpler than you think and yet more complex than you imagine.

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Nothing is true, but that which is simple. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity. Doug Horton

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Order and simplification are the first steps towards the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann