41 Essential Quotes That Shows The Beauty Of Simplicity

41 Essential Quotes That Shows The Beauty Of Simplicity

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41 Essential Quotes That Shows The Beauty Of Simplicity
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Success is dependent upon simplicity, the simpler we can make things the more successful we will be.  It’s as simple as that! Simplicity aids understanding, it allows us to focus better, it increases belief and builds confidence.

The value of simplicity has been known for centuries, its importance has been understood by the best and the brightest throughout history. Yet we somehow still have a natural tendency to over complicate things.

Here are 41 quotes on simplicity to remind you of the importance and beauty of being simple:

1. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

2. “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

3. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  – Leonardo da Vinci

4. “The most complicated skill is to be simple.” – Dejan Stojanovic

5. “That’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. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs

6. “Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” – Isaac Newton

7. “It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” – Amelia Barr

8. “Simplicity is a prerequisite for reliability.”  – Edsger Dijkstra

9. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”  – Lao Tzu

10. “Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.” – George Sand

11. “Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.” – Sir Joshua Reynolds

12. “Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.” – Thomas Mann

13. “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” – Lin Yutang

14. “The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.”  – Douglas Horton

15. “Simplicity is the outcome of technical subtlety. It is the goal, not the starting point.” – Maurice Saatchi

16. “Simplicity is a state of mind.” – Charles Wagner

17. “Understanding reduces the greatest to simplicity, and lack of it causes the least to take on the magnitude.” – Raymond Holliwell

 

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19. “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”  – Albert Einstein

20. “The greatest ideas are the simplest.” – William Golding

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

22. “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.” – Tom Peters

23. “Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance is lost on most.” – Clement Mok

24. “Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.” – Martin H. Fischer

25. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler “ – Albert Einstein

26. “People often associate complexity with deeper meaning, when often after precious time has been lost, it is realized that simplicity is the key to everything.” – Gary Hopkins

27. Growth creates complexity, which requires simplicity.” – Andy Stanley

 

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29. “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

30. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee

31. “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” – John Maeda

32. “Things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.” – Muhammad Yunus

33. “The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated.” – Criss Jami

34. “Complexity is impressive, but simplicity is genius.” – Lance Wallnau

35. “Complexity is enemy of execution”. – Anthony Robbins

36. “Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Come can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.” – Alan Perlis

37. “Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd.” – Kevin Barnett

38. “Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.” – Winston Churchill

39. “The evolution of knowledge is toward simplicity, not complexity.” – L. Ron Hubbard

40. “The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.” – Mildred Norman

41. “As you simplify your life, the laws of the Universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” – Henry David Thoreau

To achieve simplicity we need to have a simplicity first attitude. Simplicity is not easy, but it is achievable, and it makes everything easier.

Which one of these simplicity quotes is your favorite? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
Gordon Tredgold is a former corporate warrior who now writes, speaks, and coaches on leadership, achieving results and driving success. Gordon preaches simplicity in everything and has developed the ‘FAST Approach to Achieving Success’ and his mission is to help people exceed their potential and achieve amazing results. If people want to join him you can go to www.gordontredgold.com or follow him on twitter @gordontredgold.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The beauty of simplicity is so undermined. Thanks Gordon for bringing up how important simplicity is.
    You sum it up so well here: “Simplicity aids understanding, it allows us to focus better, it increases belief and builds confidence.”

    My favorite simplicity quotes in the list are those:
    6. “Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” – Isaac Newton
    23. “Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance is lost on most.” – Clement Mok
    25. “Everything should be made as simpl as possible, but not simpler “ – Albert Einstein

  2. Gordon thanks for taking the time to put these quotes together for all of us. Number 19 is my favorite as I find that too often these days, people want to complicate things that they don’t understand themselves. The reasons around this are quite broad bur none the less, simplicity is key.

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