A Quote by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on life, simplicity, choice, complexity, and living

For the most part, we, who could choose simplicity, choose complication.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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A Quote by Butler Shaffer on life, institutions, complexity, control, and power

Life is a continuing process of making adjustments and creative responses in a world too complex to be predictable. But institutions insist not only upon their illusions of predictability, but their systems of control by which they imagine they can direct the world to their ends. This is why institutions have always aligned themselves with the forces of power, in order to compel the rest of nature – particularly mankind – to conform to their interests.

Butler Shaffer


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A Quote by Mr. on simplicity, complexity, achievemnet, and mr prophet

Simplicity can be very complex to achieve.

Mr. Prophet

Source: Mr. Prophet

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A Quote by Nassim Nicholas Taleb on complexity, environment, and ecology

Don’t disturb complicated systems that have been around for a very long time. We don’t understand their logic. Don’t pollute the planet. Leave it the way we found it, regardless of scientific ‘evidence’.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Source: Nassim Nicholas Taleb: the prophet of boom and doom:

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A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on simplicity, focus, complexity, and innovation

Next time you are designing a process, a product, or a service, ask yourself, “What can I remove?” For most consumers, simplicity is more important than comprehensiveness (and complexity).

The concept of “taking away” is also a great time management technique.  In addition to your “to do” list, be sure to create a “don’t do” list.  Become masterful at killing products, eliminating non-value adding tasks, and removing old/pointless habits.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Simplification is Innovation:

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A Quote by Bill Gates on activism, complexity, and inequity

Don’t let complexity stop you. Be activists. Take on the big inequities. It will be one of the great experiences of your lives.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech:

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A Quote by Bill Gates on caring, action, complexity, and solution

The barrier to change is not too little caring; it is too much complexity.

To turn caring into action, we need to see a problem, see a solution, and see the impact. But complexity blocks all three steps.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech:

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A Quote by Bill Gates on complexity, solution, and technology

Cutting through complexity to find a solution runs through four predictable stages: determine a goal, find the highest-leverage approach, discover the ideal technology for that approach, and in the meantime, make the smartest application of the technology that you already have — whether it’s something sophisticated, like a drug, or something simpler, like a bednet.

Bill Gates

Source: Gates Harvard Commencement Speech:

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A Quote by Adrienne Rich on love, relationships, connections, communication, process, complexity, and truth

An honorable human relationship-- that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word "love"-- is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.

It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.

It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity.

It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.

Adrienne Rich (1929 -)

Source: On Lies, Secrets, and Silence

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