Simplicity And Elegance Quotes by Francis Crick, Edsger Dijkstra, Albert Einstein, Michio Kaku, Tony Hoare, Douglas Horton and many others.
While Occam’s razor is a useful tool in the physical sciences, it can be a very dangerous implement in biology. It is thus very rash to use simplicity and elegance as a guide in biological research.
Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.
It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
When you come up with a theory, you fall in love with the beauty the simplicity and elegance of it. But then you have to get a sheet of paper and pencil and crack out all the details. Hundreds and hundreds of pages. Because you have to prove it.
There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.
The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
Don’t get me wrong, I admire elegance and have an appreciation of the finer things in life. But to me, beauty lies in simplicity.
Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.
Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.
To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now.
Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferior, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Simplicity and elegance are unpopular because they require hard work and discipline to achieve and education to be appreciated.
Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.
I like to think that I can introduce people to the idea of simplicity and elegance.
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.
The general problem with ambitious systems is complexity. […] it is important to emphasize the value of simplicity and elegance, for complexity has a way of compounding difficulties.
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