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Mies van der RoheLess is more.

—  Mies van der Rohe, 1886-1969, German architect

     (First appeared in a Robert Browning poem but Van der Rohe popularized it)

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Julia ChildYou don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients

—  Julia Child, 1912-2004, American chef, author & TV personality.

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AristotleIt is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Steve JobsThat’s been one of my mantras: focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

Albert EinsteinEverything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Lao-TzuI have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Winston ChurchillAll the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honour; duty; mercy; hope.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillOut of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Eric HofferIt is not at all simple to understand the simple.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

VauvenarguesWhen a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Paul ValeryEverything simple is false. Everything complex is unusable.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

G. K. ChestertonThere is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats grapenuts on principle.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Alfred North WhiteheadSeek simplicity, and distrust it.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

William WordsworthHow many undervalue the power of simplicity ! But it is the real key to the heart.

—  William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, English poet










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