By: Zy Marquier
January 2, 2016
Below are several quotes from respected individuals which allude to the importance of simplicity.
The reason for these is to contemplate them deeply and ruminate about what prompted them to make such statements. This should gives us an insight, no matter how limited, into the thinking/understanding that these individuals displayed in their daily lives:
“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci
“If you can’t explain it simple enough, you can’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein
“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity”
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
– Coco Chanel
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
– Paramahansa Yoganda
– Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd.”
– Kevin Barnett
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
– Hans Hoffman
“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
– William Golding
– “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
– Albert Einstein
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
– Bruce Lee
“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
– Isaac Newton
“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance is lost on most.”
– Clement Monk
“How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.”
– William Wordsworth
“Today’s complexities demand greater simplicity.”
– Elder L. Tom Perry
“Live simply so that others may simply live.”
– Mother Theresa
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex…it takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
– Albert Einstein
“Embrace simplicity…Be content with what you have and are, and not one can despoil you.”
– Chris Prentiss
Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.
– Joel Osteen
“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
“Simplicity is the glory of expression.”
– Walt Whitman
“Simplicity is the nature of great souls.”
– Papa Ramadas
“Simplicity is realizing what you need rather than what you want.”
– Apoorve Dubey
In our current day an age, there is an excess of complexity which plagues the populace. We have all dealt with many issues which harbor extreme complexity to the hilt. Much of it is out of our hands; not all however.
If the complexity is overdone, this leads to all manner of detrimental circumstances which are harmful to the individual, waste their time, and increase their stress.
As is often the case, for many issues there are solutions that can be viewed far easier if one just takes a step back and analyzes the situation from a detached point of view [POV]. Although not taught in conventional schooling, the mental tool of seeing things from a detached macro-POV is extremely useful for being able to see how different things interlock in the grand scheme of things rather than viewing things from a 1st person limited POV.
Allow me to repeat Paramahansa Yoganda’s incisive quote that might be of great use to most of us in the current world we live in: “Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
If ever there were a quote that precisely relates how people would be best served, this one would be one of them.
Its so simple, its elegant. And it would solve countless problems and ameliorate stress as well.
So why not keep implement this tool into your repertoire?
Simplicity is just another choice/tool for the proactive individual.