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Quotations about simplicity

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

 - E. F. Schumacher

Albert EinsteinIf you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

 - Albert Einstein

Friedrich NietzscheYoung people love what is interesting and odd, no matter how true or false it is. More mature minds love what is interesting and odd about truth. Fully mature intellects, finally, love truth, even when it appears plain and simple, boring to the ordinary person; for they have noticed that truth tends to reveal its highest wisdom in the guise of simplicity.

 - Friedrich Nietzsche

Lao TzuSimplicity, patience, compassion.These three are your greatest treasures.Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.Patient with both friends and enemies,you accord with the way things are.Compassionate toward yourself,you reconcile all beings in the world.

 - Laozi / Lao-Tzu

Isaac NewtonTruth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.

 - Isaac Newton

Henry Wadsworth LongfellowIn character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry David ThoreauI do believe in simplicity. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem he first frees the equation from all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms.

 - Henry David Thoreau

Horace In a cottage there may be found more real happiness than kings or their favorites enjoy in palaces.

 - Horace

Horace Be brief, that the mind may catch thy precepts, and the more easily retain them.

 - Horace

Henry David ThoreauGo confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.

 - Henry David Thoreau

J.R.R. TolkienI am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size). I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humor (which even my appreciative critics find tiresome); I go to bed late and get up late (when possible). I do not travel much.

 - J.R.R. Tolkien