— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„Indeed, in my judgment, the simplest measurements are always the best because they have the least possibility for error and the greatest likelihood of survival.“
— Ralph Brazelton Peck American civil engineer 1912 - 2008
as taken by Professor Ralph Peck's Legacy Website http://peck.geoengineer.org/words.html#
„Classification in its simplest terms, means putting together things or ideas that are alike, and keeping separate those that are different.“
— Brian Campbell Vickery British information theorist 1918 - 2009
p. 1; Partly cited in Jens-Erik Mai (2010) Classiﬁcation in a social world: bias and trust http://jenserikmai.info/Papers/2010_Classificationinasocialworld.pdf Journal of Documentation Vol. 66 No. 5, 2010. p. 640; Also cited in ( Bawden, 1991 http://www.soi.city.ac.uk/~dbawden/reactionspaper.pdf).
„When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness.“
— Bob Hope American comedian, actor, singer and dancer 1903 - 2003
„He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.“
— John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900
Volume I, part I, chapter II, section 9 (1843).
„When plugged in, the least elaborate computer can be relied on to work to the fullest extent of its capacity. The greatest mind cannot be relied on for the simplest thing; its variability is its superiority.“
— Jacques Barzun Historian 1907 - 2012
"The Masterpiece," in A Stroll with William James (1983)
— Walter Bagehot British journalist, businessman, and essayist 1826 - 1877
Ch. 5, The Age of Discussion
— Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967
Context: The most submissive countries and consequently, the most cynical, talk about the threat of Cuban subversion, and they are right. The greatest threat of the Cuban revolution is its own example, its revolutionary ideas, the fact that the government has been able to increase the combativity of the people, led by a leader of world stature, to heights seldom equaled in history. Here is the electrifying example of a people prepared to suffer nuclear immolation so that its ashes may serve as a foundation for new societies. When an agreement was reached by which the atomic missiles were removed, without asking our people, we were not relieved or thankful for the truce; instead we denounced the move with our own voice. We have demonstrated our firm stand, our own position, our decision to fight, even if alone, against all dangers and against the atomic menace of Yankee imperialism.
— Marvin Minsky American cognitive scientist 1927 - 2016
Context: Concrete concepts are not necessarily the simplest ones. A novice best remembers "being at" a concert. The amateur remembers more of what it "sounded like." Only the professional remembers the music itself, timbres, tones and textures.
„When you consider that there are a thousand ways to express even the simplest idea, it is no wonder writers are under a great strain. Writers care greatly how a thing is said — it makes all the difference.“
— E. B. White American writer 1899 - 1985
Context: When you consider that there are a thousand ways to express even the simplest idea, it is no wonder writers are under a great strain. Writers care greatly how a thing is said — it makes all the difference. So they are constantly faced with too many choices and must make too many decisions. I am still encouraged to go on. I wouldn't know where else to go.
„The idea is that you could sacrifice something of value, and that would have transcendent utility. That is by no means an unsophisticated idea. In fact, it might be the greatest idea that human beings ever came up with.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
Bible Series V: Cain and Abel: The Hostile Brothers
„First then, we find that when we regard ideas from a nominalistic, individualistic, sensualistic way, the simplest facts of mind become utterly meaningless. That one idea should resemble another or influence another, or that one state of mind should so much as be thought of in another is, from that standpoint, sheer nonsense.“
— Charles Sanders Peirce American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist 1839 - 1914