Quotes of Complexity

“ I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity. ”

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

“ Symmetry is a complexity-reducing concept ; seek it everywhere. ”

- Alan Perlis

“ Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty. ”

- Lionel Trilling

“ Expansion means complexity and complexity decay. ”

- C. Northcote Parkinson

“ The complexity of things - the things within things - just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple. ”

- Alice Munro

“ Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. ”

- Alan Perlis

“ Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. ”

- Edwin Way Teale

“ The new frontiers to be conquered are mainly in the convolutions of the cortex. ”

- Arthur Koestler

“ Most of the complexity of the stories has developed as the stories came along That, in part, may be what has delayed the writing of the fifth and sixth novelettes in the series. ”

- James Gunn

“ The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me. In an effort to understand it, I became a critic. ”

- Kenneth Tynan

“ To explore the possibility of creating a visual environment that has an equal degree of complexity and layering to play off the sonic world that he created, that is the boundary that is being pushed,... We're going to learn a lot from this experience. ”

- Mike Ross

“ I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. ”

- Leo Tolstoy

“ The price we pay for the complexity of life is too high. When you think of all the effort you have to put in — telephonic, technological and relational — to alter even the slightest bit of behavior in this strange world we call social life, you are left pining for the straightforwardness of primitive peoples and their physical work. ”

- Jean Baudrillard

“ The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them. ”

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

“ Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity. ”

- Ezra

“ Between those two we need gradual increases of complexity and achievements to keep the public interest, to keep the funding, to keep the political support going. We've gone to the Moon, we've stopped doing that; now commercial people are doing it. Who knows? Maybe we will get technology from other sources; something I have written about in my days of writing science fiction. ”

- Buzz Aldrin

“ The complexity of our economy is such, and the way liquidity flows through the system is such, that you essentially get very complex differences in the way monetary policy plays out,... But, at the end of the day, it does seem to be effective. ”

- Alan Greenspan

“ Because the initial inquiry period is limited to 30 days, and because of the complexity of the factual and legal issues presented by this matter, I have been unable to determine whether there is sufficient specific and credible evidence to suggest a violation of Federal criminal law… ”

- Janet Reno

“ Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore. ”

- Wallace Stevens

“ I see mysteries and complications wherever I look, and I have never met a steadily logical person. ”

- Martha Gellhorn

“ Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it. ”

- Alan Perlis

“ One of the great mind destroyers of college education is the belief that if it's very complex, it's very profound. ”

- Dennis Prager

“ The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect. ”

- Carson McCullers

“ It doesn't matter how much you want. What really matters is how much you want it. The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter was much as does the willingness to solve it. ”

- Ralph Marston

“ It doesn't matter how much milk you spill as long as you don't lose the cow. ”

- Harvey Mackay

“ Three reasons problems are inevitable; first, we live in a world of growing complexity and diversity; second, we interact with people; and third, we cannot control all the situation we face. ”

- John Maxwell

“ Extreme complication is contrary to art. ”

- Claude Debussy

“ Indeed, our goal, in responding to the complexity of current economic forces, is to extend the expansion by containing imbalances and avoiding the very recession that would complete a business cycle. ”

- Alan Greenspan

“ Our parents decided not to teach us Chinese. It was an era when they felt we would be better off if we didn't have that complication. ”

- Maya Lin

“ I don't really have preferred roles except those with some complexity. ”

- Richard Roxburgh
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