Einstein On Simplicity


Einstein Was HappyI am a big fan of quotes. They are sort of like Haiku. Concise yet profound.

I did some research and came across many quotes addressing the subject of simplicity by many famous people. One of my favorite, Albert Einstein, came up very well represented, accompanied by his own brand of wisdom. I feel they bear consideration, given their source. For instance one famous quote is:

“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.”

True in theoretical physics, that’s for sure. And, oftentimes, it is one of the problems in the world today. Bigger, Better (???), More Complex(!!!).

And this was no side comment as Einstein also said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” He also said, “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Hmmm. This applies to lots of stuff in our lives too. How many of us can explain synthetic CDOs (collateralized debt obligations)?

But there is more. He was clearly a fan of simplicity as he also suggested: “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”. And  “I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.”

Wow! A real minimalist you say!

More. Maybe even a radical!  When he got to the subject of technology, I must say, I was surprised. Two of the best, “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity” and “Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.”

Personally, I am quite happy to have “Al” on my side as he helps me to keep striving for simplicity.

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You can click on the link to read more quotes on all different subjects by Einstein at BrainyQuote.com. He was really a fascinating person.

 

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