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less is more -- Mies van der Rohe

It's a simple task to make things complex, but a complex task to make things simple.

Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong. -- H. L. Mencken, from The Divine Afflatus

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Paul Anderson

In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away. -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The farther you go, the less you know. -- Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching (?)

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

it is not how much space there is, but rather how it is used. It is not how much information there is, but rather how effectively it is organized. -- Edward Tufte

Malek's Law: Any simple idea will be worded in the most complicated way.

Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information. -- Edward Tufte, Envisioning Information

KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid -- unknown

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

Occam's (Ockham's) Razor : Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily. -- William of Occam (~1285-1349)
  • Plurality should not be posited without necessity
    (plurality should not be assumed without necessity)
    • Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate.
  • No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary.
    • Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.
  • see: Physics FAQ, short biography, Skeptics
for the more limited, if adequate, is always preferable. -- Aristotle (Physics; Book I, Chapter VI)

The Poems, all three hundred of them, may be summed up in one of their phrases: "Let our thoughts be correct." -- Confucius

Simplicity does not mean want or poverty. It does not mean the absence of any decor, or absolute nudity. It only means that the decor should belong intimately to the design proper, and that anything foreign to it should be taken away. -- Paul Jacques Grillo, Form, Function, and Design

Intertwingularity is not generally acknowledged -- people keep pretending they can make things deeply hierarchical, categorizable and sequential when they can't. Everything is deeply intertwingled. -- Ted Nelson

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