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SIMPLICITY
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Simplicity is a captivating grace in woman, as rare as it is attractive.
      - J. de Finod

The mother of good spirits and companion of repose!
      - Nicolas Fontaine

Generally nature hangs out a sign of simplicity in the face of a fool.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        The Holy and Profane States--Of Natural Fools--Maxim I

Simplicity is doubtless a fine thing, but it often appeals only to the simple. Art is the only passion of true artists. Palestrina's music resembles the music of Rossini, as the song of the sparrow is like the cavatina of the nightingale. Choose!
      - Madame Delphine Gay de Girardin

Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The world could not exist if it were not simple. This ground has been tilled a thousand years, yet its powers remain ever the same; a little rain, a little sun, and each spring it grows green again.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To me more dear, congenial to my heart,
  One native charm, than all the gloss of art.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 253)

The greatest truths are the simplest: and so are the greatest men.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The simple-hearted and sincere never do more than half deceive themselves.
      - Joseph Joubert

Simple things should be simple. Complex things should be possible.
      - Alan Kay

If thou hadst simplicity and purity, thou wouldst be able to comprehend all things without error, and behold them without danger. The pure heart safely pervades not only heaven, but hell.
      - Thomas a Kempis

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. Simplicity is in the intention, purity in the affection; simplicity turns to God; purity unites with and enjoys him.
      - Thomas a Kempis

If you wish to be like a little child, study what a little child could understand,--Nature; and do what a little child could do,--love.
      - Charles Kingsley

I allow no hot-beds in the gardens of Parnassus.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

Simplicity is oftenest an adroit pretence.
      - Madame Anne Therese de Lambert

Affected simplicity is refined imposture.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Simplicity is a delicate imposition.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

He alone is a man who can resist the genius of the age, the tone of fashion, with vigorous simplicity and modest courage.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The true friend of truth and good loves them under all forms, but he loves them most under the most simple form.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

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

Simplicity is the character of the spring of life, costliness becomes its autumn; but a neatness and purity, like that of the snow-drop or lily of the valley, is the peculiar fascination of beauty, to which it lends enchantment, and gives what amiability is to the mind.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Albert Durer, the famous painter, used to say he had no pleasure in pictures that were painted with many colors, but in those which were painted with a choice simplicity. So it is with me as to sermons.
      - Martin Luther

There is one show of breeding vulgarity seldom assumes, simplicity.
      - George MacDonald

The greatest truths are commonly the simplest.
      - Chretien Guillaume Malesherbes


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