Archive for the ‘Simplicity’ Category

Cicero on Simplicity

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

—Cicero (Public Domain)

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Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron; Public Domain)

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To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.

—John Burroughs (by Ernest Walter Histed; Public Domain)

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Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.

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—Sir Isaac Newton (1689, by Godfrey Kneller, public domain)

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Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.

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—Paulo Coehlo

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“The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility.”

von Goethe

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Life is quite simple, but we insist on making it complicated.



Maybe it is a fear of failing at what we are attempting to do or to be, but we tend to create roadblocks and complications in our mind that stand in the way of where we wish to go.  Forget them; look straight ahead, see your destination, and take continual steps forward down that royal path.


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da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

da Vinci, Leonardo

—Leonardo da Vinci

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In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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