quotations about simplicity
Keep it simple, stupid.
KELLY JOHNSON, KISS principle, Clarence Leonard (Kelly) Johnson 1910-1990: A Biographical Memoir
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
WILLIAM GADDIS, The Recognitions: A Novel
Cultivate simplicity ... or rather should I say banish elaborateness, for simplicity springs spontaneous from the heart, and carries into daylight with it its own modest buds, and genuine, sweet, and clear flowers of expression.
CHARLES LAMB, letter to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, November 8, 1796
I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, letter to Mr. B., March 27, 1848
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, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.
ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPÉRY, L'Avion
The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
WALT WHITMAN, preface, Leaves of Grass
Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.
HENRY ADAMS, The Education of Henry Adams
If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.
ALBERT EINSTEIN, attributed, Engines That Move Markets
Less is more.
ROBERT BROWNING, Andrea del Sarto
Happy he who is able to reclaim himself, who finds the way back to simplicity.
CHARLES WAGNER, The Simple Life
By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.
BOOK OF MORMON, Alma 37:6
In times of great complexity, simplicity is compelling.
DIPANJAN CHATERJEE, "Brand 2020: A Manifesto In Three Acts -- Act II. Soul-Searching", Forbes, August 23, 2017
Simplicity is a great element of good breeding.
FANNY KEMBLE, Further Records, January 20, 1875
Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement.
WILLIAM MORRIS, Hopes and Fears for Art
Perfect simplicity is unconsciously audacious.
GEORGE MEREDITH, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel
Simplicity is the most difficult of all concepts.
BRIAN HERBERT & KEVEN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Corrino
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, "Of Personal Merit", Les Caractères
Simplicity is a strict taskmaster.
MASON COOLEY, City Aphorisms
When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity.
BRUCE LEE, Tao of Jeet Kune Do