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  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
  

  To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.  
 -  Bruce Lee
  

  We have lost contact with reality, the simplicity of life.  
 -  Paulo Coelho
  

  James Taylor is the kind of person I always thought the word 'folksinger' referred to. He writes and sings songs that are reflections of his own life, and performs in them in his own style. All of his performances are marked by an eloquent simplicity.  
 -  Jon Landau
  

  Simplicity should not be identified with bareness.  
 -  Felix Adler
  

  Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.  
 -  Plato
  

  Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that's a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product. That's not simple.  
 -  Igor Ivanov
  

  The simplicity and uniformity of rural occupations, and their incessant practice, preclude any anxieties and agitations of hope and fear, to which employments of a more precarious and casual nature are subject.  
 -  Giovanni Falcone
  

  I find that kid actors are great reminders of the simplicity of acting. As you get older, you can sometimes complicate things a little more. You can become too aware of, 'Okay, this is the scene emotionally. This is where we need to be. We've got the climax coming up.' You can start to analyze it too much.  
 -  Hugh Jackman
  

  Love is the expression of simplicity in emotion, the unattainable longing that comes so unexpectedly, with great subtlety and bliss.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.  
 -  Philip James Bailey
  

  And yes, there's a simplicity to writing books because you're not a member of a team, so you make all the decisions yourself instead of deferring to a committee.  
 -  Bernard Cornwell
  

  I cannot consent that my mortal body shall be laid in a repository prepared for an Emperor or a King my republican feelings and principles forbid it the simplicity of our system of government forbids it.  
 -  Andrew Jackson
  

  Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.  
 -  Mike Tyson
  

  I always go for simplicity.  
 -  David Bailey
  

  I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.  
 -  Mike Tyson
  

  There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.  
 -  Alexander Pope
  

  Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child.  
 -  Alexander Pope
  

  I don't really like politics that much. And I like the order and simplicity of sports. They have an ending. You can argue with your friends about it, but in the end you still like sports. I almost love the fantasy world of sports more than the real world.  
 -  Norm MacDonald
  

  There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.  
 -  Leo Tolstoy
  

  A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.  
 -  Winston Churchill
  

  Because I write very simply, but inside the simplicity, there's a lot of subtlety. That's what I'm proud of.  
 -  Ben Folds
  

  I have a confession: I'm not a man of simplicity. I spent my entire early career making complex stuff. Lots of complex stuff.  
 -  Vanessa Mae
  

  Apple products aren't simple technologies by any stretch, but there is a beautiful simplicity to them.  
 -  Vanessa Mae
  

  Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.  
 -  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  

  Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler.  
 -  Edward Teller
  

  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
  

  Simplicity is the key.  
 -  Ritchie Blackmore
  

  I haven't changed my mind about modernism from the first day I ever did it... It means integrity; it means honesty; it means the absence of sentimentality and the absence of nostalgia; it means simplicity; it means clarity. That's what modernism means to me.  
 -  Paul Rand
  

  Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.  
 -  Paul Rand
  

  I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.  
 -  Yves Saint-Laurent
  

  The principal role of a logo is to identify, and simplicity is its means... Its effectiveness depends on distinctiveness, visibility, adaptability, memorability, universality, and timelessness.  
 -  Paul Rand
  

  A logical analysis of reflexive usages in French shows, however, that this simplicity is an illusion and that, so far from helping the foreigner, it is more calculated to bother him.  
 -  Edward Sapir
  

  In my earlier days of writing for myself, I wanted songs to be more complex. I thought they had to be for me to be taken seriously as an artist. But writing for other people, you get to learn things about yourself and take on their insecurities. Now I can appreciate and incorporate more simplicity in lyrics and melody.  
 -  Lady Gaga
  

  These examples of the lack of simplicity in English and French, all appearances to the contrary, could be multiplied almost without limit and apply to all national languages.  
 -  Edward Sapir
  

  One of the glories of English simplicity is the possibility of using the same word as noun and verb.  
 -  Edward Sapir
  

  The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.  
 -  George Santayana
  

  As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.  
 -  Albrecht Durer
  

  The great seal of truth is simplicity.  
 -  Herman Boerhaave
  

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

  I've discovered that I value simplicity above all in dressing. I don't like anything I wear to be too complicated or fussy.  
 -  Zhang Ziyi
  

  Understanding reduces the greatest to simplicity, and lack of its causes the least to take on the magnitude.  
 -  Peter Hollingworth
  

  Simplicity makes me happy.  
 -  Alicia Keys
  

  Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.  
 -  Frederic Chopin
  

  Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.  
 -  Frank Lloyd Wright
  

  Think simple' as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.  
 -  Frank Lloyd Wright
  

  Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.  
 -  Frank Lloyd Wright
  

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

  When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me.  
 -  Tim Burton
  

  Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  What's really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.  
 -  Wayne Allard
  

  Is it not in the most absolute simplicity that real genius plies its pinions the most wonderfully?  
 -  Reid Hoffman
  

  Simplicity is a state of mind.  
 -  Walter Wager
  

  Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.  
 -  Herbert Hoover
  

  I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.  
 -  Bobby Brown
  

  Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.  
 -  Dr. Seuss
  

  Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.  
 -  Hugo Gernsback
  

  The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.  
 -  Douglas Horton
  

  Simplicity is a great element of good breeding.  
 -  Lord Kelvin
  

  I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun.  
 -  Elliott Erwitt
  

  Simplicity is the glory of expression.  
 -  Walt Whitman
  

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

  Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.  
 -  Thor Heyerdahl
  

  The key to a good meal is simplicity and the right seasoning.  
 -  Buddy Valastro