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Simplicity quotes and quotations

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.
Albert Einstein

Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify
Henry Thoreau

Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Simplicity is the glory of expression.
Walt Whitman

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!
Henry David Thoreau

Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
Alfred North Whitehead

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

Go 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

Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.
Katherine F. Gerould

Partial culture runs to the ornate; extreme culture to simplicity.
Christian Nestell Bovee

When thought is too weak to be simply expressed, it's clear proof that it should be rejected.
Luc De Clapiers

Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Jessie Sampter

Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be.
Jim Horning

Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear in the ancient faith: what we need is here. And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye, clear. What we need is here.
Wendell Berry

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. -Thomas More.
Thomas More

A taste for simplicity cannot last for long. -Eugene Delacroix.
Eugene Delacroix

Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
Oscar Wilde

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Walt Whitman

The most complex things are the simplest.
Agni Celeste

The whole is simpler than the sum of its parts.
Willard Gibbs

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
Ernest Hemingway

A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country, and a considerate humanity should be the aim of all beneath it
James F Cooper

The happiest heart that ever beat Was in some quiet breast That found the common daylight sweet, And left to Heaven the rest.
John V. Cheney

A truly great man never puts away the simplicity of a child.
Chinese Proverb

From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity.
Albert Schweitzer

The whole is simpler than the sum of its parts.
Willard Gibbs

Never again will I make the simple into the complex. Something of true value does not become more valuable because it becomes complicated. Experience and conditions come and go; complications arise and fall away, but the simple action of God is eternal in the universe. thanks to Mary Larson
Donald Curtis

Jesus saw a man use his hand to cup water from a stream and Jesus threw away his cup. Jesus saw a woman comb her hair with her fingers and Jesus threw away his last possession: his comb. from The Islamic Jesus.
Daniel Deleanu

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
Charles Dudley Warner

Seek simplicity but distrust it.
A.n. Whitehead

The aspects of things that are most important to us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.
Prof. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have even lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor.
Henry David Thoreau