Complexity Quotes

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Confucius
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Confucius

Ernst F. Schumacher
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
E.F. Schumacher

Tom Peters
“If you're not confused, you're not paying attention.”
Tom Peters, Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution

Catherynne M. Valente
“She did not know yet how sometimes people keep parts of themselves hidden and secret, sometimes wicked and unkind parts, but often brave or wild or colorful parts, cunning or powerful or even marvelous, beautiful parts, just locked up away at the bottom of their hearts. They do this because they are afraid of the world and of being stared at, or relied upon to do feats of bravery or boldness. And all of those brave and wild and cunning and marvelous and beautiful parts they hid away and left in the dark to grow strange mushrooms—and yes, sometimes those wicked and unkind parts, too—end up in their shadow.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

Pete Seeger
“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.”
Pete Seeger

M. Scott Peck
“Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex.”
M. Scott Peck

Ian Stewart
“If our brains were simple enough for us to understand them, we'd be so simple that we couldn't.”
Ian Stewart, The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World

Edsger W. Dijkstra
“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.”
Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

Michael Bassey Johnson
“When people complain of your complexity, they fail to remember that they made fun of your simplicity.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Ursula K. Le Guin
“I never knew anybody . . . who found life simple. I think a life or a time looks simple when you leave out the details.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Birthday of the World and Other Stories

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Anthony Liccione
“Her complexity is a glorious fire that consumes, while her simplicity goes unapproachable. But if one takes time to understand her, there is something beautiful to find, something simple to be loved. But she goes unloved, for being misunderstood.”
Anthony Liccione

Oscar Wilde
“His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psychological phenomenon of no small interest. There was no doubt that curiosity had much to do with it, curiosity and the desire for new experiences; yet it was not a simple but rather a very complex passion.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Simplicities are enormously complex. Consider the sentence "I love you".”
Richard O. Moore, Writing the Silences

Joyce Carol Oates
“The ideal art, the noblest of art: working with the complexities of life, refusing to simplify, to "overcome" doubt.”
Joyce Carol Oates, The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982

Alberto Caeiro
“To love is to think.
And I almost forget to feel only from thinking about her.
I don’t know what I want at all, even from her, and I don’t think about anything but her.
I have a great animated distraction.
When I want to meet her,
I almost feel like not meeting her,
So I don’t have to leave her afterwards.
And I prefer thinking about her, because it’s like I’m afraid of her.
I don’t know what I want at all, and I don’t want to know what I want. All I want to do is think about her.
I’m asking nothing of nobody, not even her, except to think.”
Alberto Caeiro, O Pastor Amoroso

Toni Morrison
“This is the time for every artist in every genre to do what he or she does loudly and consistently. It doesn't matter to me what your position is. You've got to keep asserting the complexity and the originality of life, and the multiplicity of it, and the facets of it. This is about being a complex human being in the world, not about finding a villain. This is no time for anything else than the best that you've got.”
Toni Morrison

Terry Tempest Williams
“The middle path makes me wary. . . . But in the middle of my life, I am coming to see the middle path as a walk with wisdom where conversations of complexity can be found, that the middle path is the path of movement. . . . In the right and left worlds, the stories are largely set. . . . We become missionaries for a position . . . practitioners of the missionary position. Variety is lost. Diversity is lost. Creativity is lost in our inability to make love with the world.”
Terry Tempest Williams, Leap

Mikhail Naimy
“The more elaborate his labyrinths, the further from the Sun his face.”
Mikhail Naimy, The Book of Mirdad: The strange story of a monastery which was once called The Ark

Criss Jami
“Cleverness isn't always true nor is the truth always clever.”
Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality

Murray Gell-Mann
“Today the network of relationships linking the human race to itself and to the rest of the biosphere is so complex that all aspects affect all others to an extraordinary degree. Someone should be studying the whole system, however crudely that has to be done, because no gluing together of partial studies of a complex nonlinear system can give a good idea of the behavior of the whole. ”
Murray Gell-Mann

John Maynard Keynes
“Too large a proportion of recent "mathematical" economics are mere concoctions, as imprecise as the initial assumptions they rest on, which allow the author to lose sight of the complexities and interdependencies of the real world in a maze of pretentious and unhelpful symbols.”
John Maynard Keynes

“I believe it was the great ogre philosopher Gary who observed that complexity is, generally speaking, an illusion of conscious desire. All things exist in as simple a form as necessity dictates. When a thing is labeled 'complex,' that's just a roundabout way of saying you're not observant enough to understand it.”
A. Lee Martinez, In the Company of Ogres

Chuck Klosterman
“We are losing the ability to understand anything that's even vaguely complex.”
Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

Criss Jami
“Simplicity is a bliss that makes one comprehend.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Murray Gell-Mann
“In 1963, when I assigned the name "quark" to the fundamental constituents of the nucleon, I had the sound first, without the spelling, which could have been "kwork." Then, in one of my occasional perusals of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce, I came across the word "quark" in the phrase "Three quarks for Muster Mark." Since "quark" (meaning, for one thing, the cry of a gull) was clearly intended to rhyme with "Mark," as well as "bark" and other such words, I had to find an excuse to pronounce it as "kwork." But the book represents the dreams of a publican named Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker. Words in the text are typically drawn from several sources at once, like the "portmanteau words" in Through the Looking Glass. From time to time, phrases occur in the book that are partially determined by calls for drinks at the bar. I argued, therefore, that perhaps one of the multiple sources of the cry "Three quarks for Muster Mark" might be "Three quarts for Mister Mark," in which case the pronunciation "kwork" would not be totally unjustified. In any case, the number three fitted perfectly the way quarks occur in nature.”
Murray Gell-Mann, The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex

Kevin Brockmeier
“You have a pet theory, one you have been turning over for years, that life itself is a kind of Rube Goldberg device, an extremely complicated machine designed to carry out the extremely simple task of constructing your soul.”
Kevin Brockmeier, The View from the Seventh Layer

Criss Jami
“All things remarkable are surprisingly simple; albeit difficult to find.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Criss Jami
“As time moves on the line will blur. It will no longer seem to be the simplicity of good versus evil, but good versus fools who think they are good.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Philip    Nelson
“At the dawn of the twentieth century, it was already clear that, chemically speaking, you and I are not much different from cans of soup. And yet we can do many complex and even fun things we do not usually see cans of soup doing.”
Philip Nelson, Biological Physics: Energy, Information, Life

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