Quotes on Simplification

The simplification of anything is always sensational. Gilbert K Chesterton

Simplification is as much in the mind as it is in the device. Donald A. Norman

Sometimes the best solution is simplification. Bobby Bragan

One of the things I've been working on for the past few months is a radical simplification of the interface, Matt Mullenweg

There is one simplification at least. Electrons behave ... in exactly the same way as photons; they are both screwy, but in exactly in the same way... Richard P Feynman

Art, science, philosophy, religion - each offers at best only a crude simplification of actual living experience. Edward Abbey

Culture has never the translucidity of custom; it abhors all simplification. In its essence it is opposed to custom, for custom is always the deterioration of culture. Frantz Fanon

I do feel that, generally, people will see me and go, "He knows where the good food is," which is an awesome correlative. It's an awesome simplification. Adam Richman

Memory is... similar to anticipation: an instrument of simplification and selection. Alain De Botton

People are so complex and multidimensional that raising someone to 'hero' status is too great a simplification. Dalia Mogahed

The brain, Schopenhauer says, is the 'one great tool' that has enabled a creature endowed with neither sharp teeth nor claws to survive in a competitive environment. Moreover simplification of data, and indeed judicious falsification, are adaptive traits. Julian Young

We should always bear in mind that numbers represent a simplification of reality. Kenneth E. Boulding

Nature/Structure. There is no more to say. In my pictures I reduce to that. But 'reduce' is the wrong word, because these are not simplifications. I can't verbalize what I am working on: to me, it is many-layered by definition; it is what is more important, what is more true. Gerhard Richter

A short story is simplification to the highest degree Henry Seidel Canby

I will work with Congress to introduce a series of legislative reforms and will fight for their passage in the first 100 days of my administration. And this legislation quickly includes Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act. Donald Trump

To minds of a certain cast there is nothing so captivating as simplification and generalization. Thomas Malthus

I do not feel any contempt for an atheist, who is often a man limited and constrained by his own logic to a very sad simplification. Gilbert K Chesterton

Simplification of modes of proof is not merely an indication of advance in our knowledge of a subject, but is also the surest guarantee of readiness for farther progress. Lord Kelvin

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. Peace Pilgrim

Of course, any simplification runs the risk of mutilating reality; but it helps us establish perspectives. Gaston Bachelard

It's just that the longer I fish, the more I long for simplification and lightness. Tom Sutcliffe

The labeling of nociceptors as pain fibers was not an admirable simplification, but an unfortunate trivialization under the guise of simplification. Patrick David Wall

I believe Buddhism to be a simplification of Hinduism and Islam to be a simplification of Xianity. C S Lewis

A voluntary simplification of life-styles is not beyond our abilities, but it is probably outside our desires. Bill Mckibben

Certain environments, certain modes of life, and certain rules of conduct are more conducive to inner and outer harmony than others. There are, in fact, certain roads that one may follow. Simplification is one of them. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Every attempt to explain human behavior, especially the irrational, must as a matter of course end in simplification. Morton Irving Seiden

We are sliding into a time of simplification where the practical design of everyday things will be an important demand to consider Kay Bojesen

What we need of equipment is this: let it possess as good a structure as the real-life content that surrounds us. We need more simplifications to free us for seeing. Berenice Abbott

The economic union - creating a big common market, like the United States, so that you can compete across borders. There are common rules, regulations, and simplification, and that is still a good reason, too. When they put their monetary union together, that created a rigidity that made it hard for currency fluctuations. They don't really have a solution to that. Jamie Dimon

To say that the whole of the industrial experience of Europe and America just shows the rewards of exploiting the Third World is a gross simplification. Amartya Sen

With Complicated Grief I can say that there was a certain simplification in the process. Getting older means less wasted effort, things are clearer earlier. Being young meant flailing around a lot, especially as I was trying to invent new shapes without a ton of models. Laura Mullen

I think part of the bad thing is that skill is emphasized so much that a lot of people, by the time they get to Juilliard, well I think they kind of forget why they got into music in the first place and if they're performers - this is a simplification, but a lot of them are trying to win a competition and play more accurately, or better, or more beautifully, whatever can be measured, than somebody else. Tod Machover

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. John Maeda

In my opinion, a master is morally obliged to seize every sort of opportunity and to try to solve the problems of the position without fear of some simplifications. Alexander Alekhine

Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann

My tendency towards bareness and simplification has been practiced in three fields: modeling, colors, and the figuration of the personages. Joan Miro

I like books that expose me to people unlike me and books that do battle against caricature or simplification. That, to me, is the heroic in fiction. Zadie Smith

There are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built on the log cabin idea. Gustav Stickley

Do not be alarmed by simplification, complexity is often a device for claiming sophistication, or for evading simple truths. John Kenneth Galbraith

All the above is, of course, a gross simplification. There are deeper reasons to travel - itches and tickles on the underbelly of the unconscious mind. We go where we need to go, and then try to figure out what we're doing there. Jeff Greenwald

Artistic simplicity is more complex than artistic complexity for it arises via the simplification of the latter and against its backdrop or system. Yuri Lotman

Let us stop being afraid. Of our own thoughts, our own minds. Of madness, our own or others'. Stop being afraid of the mind itself, its astonishing functions and fandangos, its complications and simplifications, the wonderful operation of its machinery-more wonderful because it is not machinery at all or predictable. Kate Millett

We could quite easily, Republicans and Democrats working together, do something that everybody in America desires, and that is a simplification of our Tax Code. Richard Neal

There never was a sounder logical maxim of scientific procedure than Ockham's razor: Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. That is to say; before you try a complicated hypothesis, you should make quite sure that no simplification of it will explain the facts equally well. Charles Sanders Peirce

Totalitarianism spells simplification: an enormous reduction in the variety of aims, motives, interests, human types, and, above all, in the categories and units of power. Eric Hoffer

The continent is too large to describe. It is a veritable ocean, a separate planet, a varied, immensely rich cosmos. Only with the greatest simplification, for the sake of convenience, can we say 'Africa'. In reality, except as a geographical appellation, Africa does not exist. Ryszard Kapuscinski

One charming characteristic of many flank attacks I could mention is that they do not very often lead to simplification: if the attack is parried, there usually are still opportunities left for initiating action in another sector. Bent Larsen

... one of the things the tyrant most cunningly engineers is the gross over-simplification of language, because propaganda requires that the minds of the collective respond primitively to slogans of incitement. Geoffrey Hill

Culture is a simplification and a lie. It's the currency by which fools navigate the world. Smart people get beyond it. Terence Mckenna

It would seem that more than function itself, simplicity is the deciding factor in the aesthetic equation. One might call the process beauty through function and simplification. Raymond Loewy

Intellectuals ... regard over-simplification as the original sin of the mind and have no use for the slogans, the unqualified assertions and sweeping generalizations. Aldous Huxley

He can be regarded as the great master of simplification. The art of resolving the tension at the critical moment and in the most effacious way so as to clarify the position as desired is Capablanca's own. Max Euwe

In the first round of work simplification...you can reasonably expect a 30 to 50 percent reduction...To implement the actual simplification, you must question why each step is performed. Typically, you will find that many steps exist in your work flow for no good reason. Often they are there by tradition or because formal procedure ordains it, and nothing practical ordains it. Andy Grove

People who do' know how to summarize have no dignity. Neither do people who needlessly drag on their messy lives. They who do' know the beauty of simplification, of pruning away the unnecessary, die without ever comprehending the true meaning of life. Young-Ha Kim

The higher processes are all processes of simplification. The novelist must learn to write, and then he must unlearn it; just as the modern painter learns to draw, and then learns when utterly to disregard his accomplishment, when to subordinate it to a higher and truer effect. Willa Cather

The extreme positions of the Crossfire Syndrome require extreme simplification - framing the debate in terms which ignore the real issues. Michael Crichton

Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity. Greg Lake

It is easy to talk about tax simplification, and we all know it is very difficult to accomplish; but for the last three Congresses, I have offered a tax simplification bill that would include a paid-for repeal of alternative minimum tax. Richard Neal

The track record of economists in predicting events is monstrously bad. It is beyond simplification; it is like medieval medicine. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I had a new idea in my head... this time it's just simply my bedroom, only here colour is to do everything, and, giving by its simplification a grander style to things, is to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In a word, to look at the picture ought to rest the brain or rather the imagination. Vincent Van Gogh

If western culture is shown to be rich, it is because, even before the Enlightenment, it has tried to 'dissolve' harmful simplifications through inquiry and the critical mind. Umberto Eco

That one never need to look beyond the love of money for explanation of human behavior is one of the most jealously guarded simplification of our culture. John Kenneth Galbraith

My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors. Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details. Joan Miro

The method of science depends on our attempts to describe the world with simple theories: theories that are complex may become untestable, even if they happen to be true. Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification-the art of discerning what we may with advantage omit. Karl Popper

There are a whole other range of sciences that must deal with the narrative reconstruction of the inordinately complex events of history that can occur but once in their detailed glory. And for those kinds of sciences, be it cosmology, or evolutionary biology, or geology, or palaeontology, the experimental methods, simplification, quantification, prediction and repetition of the experimental sciences don't always work. You have to go with the narrative, the descriptive methods of what? Of historians. Richard Lewontin

... But all the feelings that evoke in us the joy or the misfortune of a real person are only produced in us through the intermediary of an image of that joy or that misfortune; the ingeniousness of the first novelist was in understanding that, in the apparatus of our emotions, since the image is the only essential element, the simplification which consists of purely and simply suppressing the factual characters is a definitive improvement. Marcel Proust

One of the most important skills of the economist, therefore, is that of simplification of the model. Two important methods of simplification have been developed by economists. One is the method of partial equilibrium analysis (or microeconomics), generally associated with the name of Alfred Marshall and the other is the method of aggregation (or macro-economics), associated with the name of John Maynard Keynes. Kenneth E. Boulding

The Structure of Magic I by Richard Bandler and John Grinder is a delightful simplification of the infinite complexities of the language I use with patients. In reading this book, I learned a great deal about the things that I've done without knowing about them. Milton H. Erickson

We are difficult. Human beings are difficult. We're difficult to ourselves, we're difficult to each other. And we are mysteries to ourselves, we are mysteries to each other. One encounters in any ordinary day far more real difficulty than one confronts in the most "intellectual" piece of work. Why is it believed that poetry, prose, painting, music should be less than we are? Why does music, why does poetry have to address us in simplified terms, when if such simplification were applied to a description of our own inner selves we would find it demeaning? Geoffrey Hill

Many foreigners have asked me how we made the Danish style. And I've answered that it...was rather a continuous process of purification, and for me of simplification, to cut down to the simplest possible elements of four legs, a seat and combined top rail and arm rest. Hans Wegner

The faculty of attention has utterly vanished from the Anglo-Saxon mind, extinguished at its source by the big bayad?re of journalism, of the newspaper and the picture magazine which keeps screaming, "Look at me." Illustrations, loud simplifications... bill poster advertising ? only these stand a chance. Henry James

Twitter is the ultimate service for the mobile age. Its simplification and constraint of the publishing medium to 140 characters is perfectly complementary to a mobile experience. People still need longer stuff, but they see the headline on Twitter or Facebook. Matt Mullenweg

Political action involves mental vulgarity, not merely because it entails the occurrence and support of those who are mentally vulgar, but because of the simplification of human life implied in even the best of it purposes. Michael Joseph Oakeshott

A beautiful woman, Simone Weil said, seeing herself in the mirror, knows "This is I." An ugly woman knows with equal certainty, "This is not I." Maud knew this neat division represented an over-simplification. The doll-mask she saw had nothing to do with her, nothing. A S Byatt

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life. For me this began with a discovery of the meaninglessness of possessions beyond my actual and immediate needs. As soon as I had brought myself down to need level, I began to feel a wonderful harmony in my life between inner and outer well-being, between spiritual and material well-being. Peace Pilgrim

In mathematical science, more than in all others, it happens that truths which are at one period the most abstract, and apparently the most remote from all useful application, become in the next age the bases of profound physical inquiries, and in the succeeding one, perhaps, by proper simplification and reduction to tables, furnish their ready and daily aid to the artist and the sailor. Charles Babbage

Like medieval theologians we had a philosophy that explained everything to us in advance, and everything that did not fit could be readily identified as a fraud or a lie or an illusion... The perniciousness of the anti-Communist ideology of the Truman Doctrine arises not from any patent falsehood but from its distortion and simplification of reality, from its universalization and its elevation to the status of a revealed truth. J William Fulbright

Faith transcends reason because divine truth is not only higher, but also wider than the human mind, and the rationalist in his haste for premature simplification always tends to shut his eyes to one aspect of the truth and to seek a false harmony of thought by the sacrifice of an essential element of reality. Christopher Dawson

I despair of persuading people to drop the familiar and comforting tactic of dichotomy. Perhaps, instead, we might expand the framework of debates by seeking other dichotomies more appropriate than, or simply different from, the conventional divisions. All dichotomies are simplifications, but the rendition of a conflict along differing axes of several orthogonal dichotomies might provide an amplitude of proper intellectual space without forcing us to forgo our most comforting tool of thought. Stephen Jay Gould

If we were the problem, it would be very convenient - kick Greece out, everything's fine. What would happen to Spain, what about Portugal, what about Italy, what about the whole of the euro zone? We need more cooperation and less simplification and prejudice. George Papandreou

| NEXT PAGE >



RELATED TAGS

Simplification,