Simplicity


“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.” – John Gall
“All I can say is, beware of geeks … bearing formulas.” – Warren Buffet
“A lot of people mistake unnecessary complexity for sophistication.” – Dan Ward
“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
“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” – Plato
“Collapse is simply the last remaining method of simplification.” – Clay Shirky
“Complex design is always inferior to a simple design unless it has some compensating merit.” – Stephen Dewhurst
Complexity is itself a potential cause of faults” – Verrisimo & Rodrigues
“Comprehensiveness is the enemy of comprehensibility.” – Martin Fowler
“Context generally clears up any ambiguity” – Scott Meyers
“Explain it to me like I was a 6 year old.”
“Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.” – Alan Perlis
“If you can’t explain something simply, chances are you’ve never mastered it yourself.” – C.S. Lewis.
“In nature’s designs, nothing goes wanting, and nothing is superfluous.” – Leonardo DaVinci
“It’s easy to make something complicated, but hard to make something truly simple.”
“It’s more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short easy words like “what about lunch?”” – Winnie The Pooh.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“Simple design, intense content.” – Edward R. Tufte
“Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.” – Edsger W. Dijkstra
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak” – Hans Hofmann
“The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.” – Warren Buffet
“The job of the software developer is to engineer the illusion of simplicity.” – Grady Booch
“The most reliable part is the one that is not there, because it isn’t needed.”
“The price of reliability is the pursuit of the utmost simplicity. It is a price which the very rich find most hard to pay.” – C.A.R. Hoare
“There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” – Warren Buffet
“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” – Issac Newton

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