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SIMPLICITY
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When a man is made up wholly of the dove, without the least grain of the serpent in his composition, he becomes ridiculous in many circumstances of life, and very often discredits his best actions.
      - Joseph Addison

Be simple and modest in your deportment, and treat with indifference whatever lies between virtue and vice.
      - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Marcus Aurelius)

Simplicity is Nature's first step, and the last of Art.
      - Philip James Bailey

The greatest truths are the simplest.
      - Hosea Ballou

During the great storms of our lives we imitate those captains who jettison their weightiest cargo.
      - Honore de Balzac

The best painters, as they progress in reputation and towards perfection, are found to dispense more and more with the technique of the art, for simpler methods. Simplicity never fails to charm.
      - Honore de Balzac

Upright simplicity is the deepest wisdom, and perverse craft the merest shallowness.
      - Isaac Barrow

True elegance becomes the more so as it approaches simplicity.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

There is a simplicity that exists on the far side of complexity, and there is a communication of sentiment and attitude not to be discovered by careful exegesis of a text.
      - Patrick Buchanan

Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle.
      - Edmund Burke

The farther we advance in knowledge, the more simplicity shall we discover in those primary rules that regulate all the apparently endless, complicated, and multiform operations of the Godhead.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct.
      - Calvin Coolidge

Nothing so truly becomes feminine beauty as simplicity.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
      - Albert Einstein,
        in "Reader's Digest" magazine

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
      - Albert Einstein

I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple.
      - Albert Einstein

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
      - Albert Einstein

Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
      - Albert Einstein

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

To be simple is to be great.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

To make yourself understood you have to think plain and write plain.
      - William Feather

How desirable is this simplicity! who will give it to me? I will quit all else; it is the pearl of great price.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Simplicity is that grace which frees the soul from all unnecessary reflections upon itself.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Simplicity is the straightforwardness of a soul which refuses itself any reaction with regard to itself or its deeds. This virtue differs from and surpasses sincerity. We see many people who are sincere without being simple. They do not wish to be taken for other than what they are; but they are always fearing lest they should be taken for what they are not.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon


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