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SIMPLICITY
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The fairest lives, in my opinion, are those which regularly accommodate themselves to the common and human model, without miracle, without extravagance.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Simplicity is a jewel rarely found.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

There are certain occasions when, in art, simplicity is an audacious originality.
      - Achille Poincelot

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

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.
      - Marcel Proust

Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.
      - Sir Joshua Reynolds

It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated; far more difficult to sacrifice skill and cease exertion in the proper place, than to expend both indiscriminately.
      - John Ruskin

A childlike mind in its simplicity practises that science of good to which the wise may be blind.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

An honest tale speeds best being plainly told.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Elizabeth at IV, iv)

Plain and not honest is too harsh a style.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Queen Elizabeth at IV, iv)

Don't confuse, don't convolute.
      - John C. Shepard

Simplicity, of all things, is the hardest to be copied.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Simplicity is the great friend to nature, and if I would be proud of anything in this silly world, it should be of this honest alliance.
      - Laurence Sterne

The feeling heart, simplicity of life and elegance and taste.
      - James Thomson (1)

I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one's self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely; as the pursuits of the simpler nations are still the sports of the more artificial.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Simplicity is the law of Nature for man as well as for flowers. When the tapestry (corolla) of the nuptial bed (calyx) is excessive, luxuriant, it is unproductive. The fertile flowers are single, not double.
      - Henry David Thoreau

As to the Adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Pudd'nhead Wilson (ch. 11)

A man is simple when his chief care is the wish to be what he ought to be, that is honestly and naturally human.
      - Charles Wagner, Simple Life (ch. II)

Simplicity is a state of mind.
      - Charles Wagner, Simple Life (ch. II)

Humanity lives and always has lived on certain elemental provisions.
      - Charles Wagner, Simple Life (ch. III)

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
      - Charles Dudley Warner

Seek simplicity and distrust it.
      - Alfred North Whitehead, Concept of Nature
         (p. 163)

Simplicity is the glory of expression.
      - Walt Whitman

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
      - Laura Ingalls Wilder

How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.
      - William Wordsworth


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