Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Attributed to Albert Einstein. Possibly paraphrased from remarks in "On the Method of Theoretical Physics", Herbert Spencer Lecture, Oxford (10 June 1933), Philosophy of Science, Vol. 1, No. 2 (April 1934), pp. 163-169, p. 165.
I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.Albert Einstein
God would behold in you a simplicity which will contain so much the more of His wisdom as it contains less of your own.françois fénelon
"Blessed are the poor in spirit." Blessed are they who are stripped of every thing, even of their own wills, that they may no longer belong to themselves.françois fénelon
If our love were but more simple, We should take Him at His word; And our lives would be all sunshine In the sweetness of the Lord.frederick William faber
Humanity lives and always has lived on certain elemental provisions.Charles Wagner, Simple Life (1895), Chapter III.
Our life is frittered away by detail. … Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! 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. … Simplify, simplify.Henry David Thoreau
Meryon succeeded in reaching the heights of his art, and achieved both splendour and simplicity through breadth of vision allied to technical skill.Claude Roger-Marx, Graphic Art : The 19th Century (1962), p. 86.
Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.Principles behind the Agile Manifesto (2001)
If you can't reduce a difficult engineering problem to just one 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheet of paper, you will probably never understand it.Ralph Brazelton Peck, as quoted in Ralph B. Peck, Educator and Engineer — The Essence of the Man (2007) by John Dunnicliff and Nancy Peck Young, p. 114.
I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.Blaise Pascal
Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate.Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity.
If you wish to be like a little child, study what a little child could understand — nature ; and do what a little child could do — love .Charles Kingsley
Perfection is attained, not when no more can be added, but when no more can be removed.richard feynman
Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.ralph waldo emerson
Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher.As translated by Lewis Galantière
What I'm really interested in is whether God could have made the world in a different way; that is, whether the necessity of logical simplicity leaves any freedom at all.As quoted in Einstein and Religion (1999) by Max Jammer, p. 124.
My views are near to those of Spinoza : admiration for the beauty of and belief in the logical simplicity of the order and harmony which we can grasp humbly and only imperfectly. I believe that we have to content ourselves with our imperfect knowledge and understanding and treat values and moral obligations as a purely human problem — the most important of all human problems.Albert Einstein
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.frédéric chopin
When true simplicity is gain'd To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd, To turn, turn will be our delight 'Till by turning, turning we come round right.Joseph Brackett, Simple Gifts (1848).
Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.henry adams
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free .Joseph Brackett, Simple Gifts (1848).
He sows June fields with clover, and the world Broadcasts with little common kindnesses. The plain good souls He sends us, who fulfill Life's homely duties in the daily path With cheerful heart, ambitious of no more Than to supply the wants of friend and kin, Yet serve God's higher love to human hearts; Giving a secret sweetness to the home, The hidden fragrance of a kindly heart, The simple beauty of a useful life, That never dazzles, and that never tires.samuel longfellow
Simpler manners, purer lives; more self-denial; more earnest sympathy with the classes that lie below us, nothing short of that can lay the foundations of the Christianity which is to be hereafter, deep and broad.frederick william robertson
Simplicity and purity are the two wings by which a man is lifted above all earthly things. Simplicity is in the intention purity in the affection. Simplicity tends to God, purity apprehends and tastes Him.thomas à kempis
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