Quotations on Simplicity

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Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness.
- E. T. Bell
(Keywords: Art, Fitness, Feeling, Mathematicians, Mathematics, Now, Past, Sense, Simplicity, Usefulness)

The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
- James F. Cooper
(Keywords: Abuse, Ambition, American, Effect, Faults, Language, Simplicity, Want)

And yes, there's a simplicity to writing books because you're not a member of a team, so you make all the decisions yourself instead of deferring to a committee.
- Bernard Cornwell
(Keywords: Books, Committee, Decisions, Simplicity, Writing)

I add, that those who are bent on restoring the whole church ought to be well instructed in the word, and to abstain from doing anything under the pretext of simplicity.
- John Nelson Darby
(Keywords: Church, Simplicity, Word)

Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould
(Keywords: Life, Mankind, Simplicity, Taste)

Understanding reduces the greatest to simplicity, and lack of its causes the least to take on the magnitude.
- Raymond Holliwell
(Keywords: Causes, Simplicity, Understanding)

Writing is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself - it is the occurring which is difficult.
- Stephen Leacock
(Keywords: Ideas, Simplicity, Writing)

Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Keywords: Character, Excellence, Manners, Simplicity, Style)

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Keywords: Character, Excellence, Simplicity, Style)

So with that will prompt and prepared to serve all those whom I perceive to be servants of my Lord, I will speak of three things with simplicity and love as if I were speaking to my own soul.
- Ignatius Loyola
(Keywords: Love, Soul, Simplicity, Will)

Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.
- Riccardo Muti
(Keywords: Wisdom, Wealth, Ambition, Commitment, Nobility, Ostentation, Simplicity, Spirit)

As beautiful as simplicity is, it can become a tradition that stands in the way of exploration.
- Laura Nyro
(Keywords: Exploration, Simplicity, Tradition)

Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child.
- Alexander Pope
(Keywords: Man, Manners, Simplicity, Wit)

UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.
- Dennis Ritchie
(Keywords: Genius, Simplicity, Unix)

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
- George Sand
(Keywords: Experience, Genius, Effort, Simplicity, World)

The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.
- George Santayana
(Keywords: Man, Simplicity, Sophistication, Spirit)

One of the glories of English simplicity is the possibility of using the same word as noun and verb.
- Edward Sapir
(Keywords: Possibility, English, Simplicity, Word)

Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite, that you often diminish the one as you increase the other. Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former.
- William Shenstone
(Keywords: Beauty, Simplicity, Variety)

I just like simplicity. I like simple songs, I like simple chords, simple vocals, simple lead guitar. I just like simplicity. That's just the way I like it.
- Jeremy Spencer
(Keywords: Guitar, Simplicity, Songs)

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock, has triumphed most in the contrary direction - in simplicity, in unity, in clarity, and in restraint.
- Lytton Strachey
(Keywords: Genius, Clarity, Direction, Language, Restraint, Simplicity, Unity)

My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety.
- Hank Stram
(Keywords: Philosophy, Simplicity, Variety)

Simplicity is a state of mind.
- Charles Wagner
(Keywords: Mind, Simplicity, State)

Even before string theory, especially as physics developed in the 20th century, it turned out that the equations that really work in describing nature with the most generality and the greatest simplicity are very elegant and subtle.
- Edward Witten
(Keywords: Nature, Work, Physics, Simplicity, Theory)

Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
(Keywords: Art, Work, Measure, Simplicity, Value)

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