In my life I have been reaching out for the beauty of simplicity, which continues to drive me and my passions in life.
My thoughts have been influenced by many a philosopher, architect, artist or statesman and I would like to share some of their sayings that are profound to me - and I am endowed to them.
Definition of Simple
Single; not complex; not unfolded or entangled; uncombined; not compounded; not blended with something else; not complicated; as:
a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound; a simple machine; a simple problem; simple tasks.
Simplicity to me is:
- Very hard to achieve;
- Like poetry;
- Can be understood by everybody;
- Free of interpretation;
- Less is more;
- Conscious taste.
We get pleasure from the little things in life...simplicity.
“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, Composer
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci, Artist
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein, Physicist
“A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.” ~ Winston Churchill, Politician
“The simplest things are often the truest.” ~ Richard Bach, Author
“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~ Henry Wadsforth Longfellow, Poet
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Philosopher
“Simplicity is the glory of expression.” ~ Wait Whitman, Poet
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth”. ~ Leo Tolstoy, Author
“"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, Architect
“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity”. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosopher
“Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature”. ~ Thomas Kempis
“Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
“Nothing is true, but that which is simple.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Author
“There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.” ~ Alexander Pope, Poet
“The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler.” ~ Edward Teller, Physicist
“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” ~ Charles Dudley Warner, Author
“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” ~ Plato, Philosopher
“Beauty by simplicity.” ~ Edwin Zwart, Philosopher
- Find simplicity in your passion - the things you do so well;
- You are never done with simplicity;
- A collection of simplicities to be applied at several angles.
Simplicity is a more qualitative word connected to simple. It is a property, condition, or quality which things can be judged to have. It usually relates to the burden which a thing puts on someone trying to explain or understand it. Something which is easy to understand or explain is simple, in contrast to something complicated. In some uses, simplicity can be used to imply beauty, purity or clarity. Simplicity may also be used in a negative connotation to denote a deficit or insufficiency of nuance or complexity of a thing, relative to what is supposed to be required.
The concept of simplicity has been related to truth in the field of epistemology. According to Occam's razor, all other things being equal, the simplest theory is the most likely to be true. In the context of human lifestyle, simplicity can denote freedom from hardship, effort or confusion. Specifically, it can refer to a simple living lifestyle.
Simplicity is a theme in the Christian religion. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, God is infinitely simple. The Roman Catholic and Anglican religious orders of Franciscans also strive after simplicity. Members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) practice the Testimony of Simplicity, which is the simplifying of one's life in order to focus on things that are most important and disregard or avoid things that are least important.