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Wallace StevensEverything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

Winston ChurchillOut of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Northcote ParkinsonExpansion means complexity and complexity decay.

—  Northcote Parkinson, 1909-1993, British historian

Laurence J PeterSome problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

Lao-TzuA variety of colors makes man's eye blind; a diversity of sounds makes man's ear deaf; a mixture of flavors makes man's palate dull.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Jean-Luc GodardSometime reality is too complex. Stories give it form.

—  Jean-Luc Godard, 1930-, French film director

Jean CocteauStyle is a simple way of saying complicated things.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Paul ValeryEverything simple is false. Everything complex is unusable.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Peter DruckerThere is a point of complexity beyond which a business is no longer manageable.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Anton ChekhovIt is unfortunate that we try to solve the simplest issues cleverly, and therefore make them unusually complicated. We should seek a simple solution.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Marcel ProustLike many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Walt DisneyI always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist


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