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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius, philosopher
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Do what you love; you'll be better at it. It sounds pretty simple, but you'd be surprised how many people don't get this one right away. LL Cool J, musician
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Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. Charles Bukowski, author
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For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph. Thomas Mann, writer
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There are no easy answers' but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Ronald Reagan, president
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Science moves with the spirit of an adventure characterized both by youthful arrogance and by the belief that the truth, once found, would be simple as well as pretty. James D. Watson, scientist
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The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster. Quentin Crisp, writer
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So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it's bad, it's really simple. Damien Hirst, artist
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My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. Stephen Hawking, scientist
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My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. Vladimir Nabokov, novelist
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Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
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The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected. Julian Casablancas, musician
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My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama, leader
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Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count. Stella McCartney, designer
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Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another. Charles Caleb Colton, writer
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Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper. David Hilbert, mathematician
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I sometimes struggle, because my job is like the antithesis of what surfing is all about. Surfing's simple. It's real. Paul Walker, actor
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It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly. Virginia Woolf, author
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God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that. Joseph Campbell, author
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Business? It's quite simple; it's other people's money. Alexandre Dumas, dramatist
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Keep it simple. Tell the truth. People can smell the truth. Steve Wynn, businessman
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Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts. Walker Evans, photographer
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The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history. Vladimir Putin, statesman
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  • #free

Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard. Dave Mustaine, musician
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A snowball is simple, direct and familiar to most of us. I use this simplicity as a container for feelings and ideas that function on many levels. Andy Goldsworthy, artist
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I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do. Roald Dahl, novelist
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Happiness, contentment, the health and growth of the soul, depend, as men have proved over and over again, upon some simple issue, some single turning of the soul. George A. Smith, clergyman
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  • #health

The American struggle for the vote was much more difficult than the English for the simple reason that it was much more easy. Rebecca West, author
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I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress. Mark Zuckerberg, businessman
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Our pleasures were simple - they included survival. Dwight D. Eisenhower, president
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Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom. Evelyn Waugh, author
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It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness. Robert Menzies, statesman
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It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. Laura Ingalls Wilder, author
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Keep it simple. Alfred Eisenstaedt, photographer
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The Holy Bible is an abyss. It is impossible to explain how profound it is, impossible to explain how simple it is. Ernest Hello, critic
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Excellent! I cried. Elementary, said he. Arthur Conan Doyle, writer
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Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become. Paramahansa Yogananda, leader
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  • #astonished

In simple terms, we are aligning our business today with the way we believe future systems are going to be designed, acquired and maintained. Phil Condit, businessman
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Issues are never simple. One thing I'm proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues. Barack Obama, president
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Our policy is very simple. The Jewish state was set up to defend Jewish lives, and we always reserve the right to defend ourselves. Benjamin Netanyahu, leader
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I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, author
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I was a personality before I became a person - I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy and driven. Barbra Streisand, actress
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I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind. Albert Einstein, physicist
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We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa, leader
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The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way. Keanu Reeves, actor
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The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. Confucius, philosopher
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The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled. John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
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Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success. Sparky Anderson, coach
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A manager's job is simple. For one hundred sixty-two games you try not to screw up all that smart stuff your organization did last December. Earl Weaver, coach
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Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated. Paul Rand, designer
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UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity. Dennis Ritchie, scientist
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  • #basically

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another. Charles Caleb Colton, writer
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  • #another

I'm a character actress, plain and simple... Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again. Frances McDormand, actress
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Only great minds can afford a simple style. Stendhal, writer
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  • #afford

The simple act of caring is heroic. Edward Albert, actor
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  • #act

The oppressed peoples can liberate themselves only through struggle. This is a simple and clear truth confirmed by history. Kim Il-sung, leader
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  • #clear

In a democracy there is a centralization of governmental power in a simple majority. Robert Welch,
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Beneath all differences of doctrine or discipline there exists a fundamental agreement as to the simple, absolute essentials in religion. Julia Ward Howe, activist
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Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can't say it clearly you don't understand it yourself. John Searle, philosopher
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The real drawback to the simple life is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else. There is not time. Katharine Fullerton Gerould, writer
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They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks in the United States would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our big problems would take care of themselves. Calvin Coolidge, president
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My dreams for the future are simple: work, a happy, healthy family, a lovely long motorcycle ride, and continuing the struggle to awaken people to the need for serious human rights reform. Mike Farrell, actor
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  • #awaken

It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier, in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases. George Santayana, philosopher
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Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations, and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax hikers. Ron Paul, politician
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Did you ever stop to think why cops are always famous for being dumb? Simple. Because they don't have to be anything else. Orson Welles, actor
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The work of Henry James has always seemed divisible by a simple dynastic arrangement into three reigns: James I, James II, and the Old Pretender. Philip Guedalla, historian
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Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts and only asks to be loved. Michael Jackson, musician
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It is time to recognize a simple fact of life. Contrary to what some of my colleagues seem to believe, tax cuts do not pay for themselves. George Voinovich, politician
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I just got a call one day from Ringo asking me if I wanted to go out on the tour. It was as simple as that. He was putting together this band and he heard of me in the context of doing this and he gave me a call. I jumped at the chance. Greg Lake, musician
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The truth is I love being alive. And I love feeling free. So if I can't have those things then I feel like a caged animal and I'd rather not be in a cage. I'd rather be dead. And it's real simple. And I think it's not that uncommon. Angelina Jolie, actress
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A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to get along with is to remember that this person is striving to assert his superiority; and you must deal with him from that point of view. Alfred Adler, psychologist
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Here we stand in the middle of this new world with our primitive brain, attuned to the simple cave life, with terrific forces at our disposal, which we are clever enough to release, but whose consequences we cannot comprehend. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, scientist
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We live in an increasingly sophisticated world that makes it difficult to make simple comments on stuff. There are too many people on both sides of the border who are taking advantage of circumstances and the situation. Arlo Guthrie, musician
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A corollary is that, when laws are out of touch with the people, those laws can and should be changed - from the most simple local regulations to the highest law of the land, our federal Constitution. Adrian Cronauer, entertainer
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I learned, too, how it was possible with the help of the picture and action to transform an apparently insignificant violin passage into an incident, and to lift a simple horn call into a thing of stupendous significance by means of scenic emphasis. Anton Seidl, celebrity
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It is very difficult for people to believe the simple fact that every persecutor was once a victim. Yet it should be very obvious that someone who was allowed to feel free and strong from childhood does not have the need to humiliate another person. Alice Miller, psychologist
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Our approach was very simple. It was about creating a universal language. A show that will be attractive toward every people coming from all over the world. And that was a big thing. Guy Laliberte, businessman
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Government has never increased the standard of living of one single human being in civilization's history. For some reason that simple truth has evaded everybody. Steve Wynn, businessman
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What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50 million years. It's about leading and connecting people and ideas. And it's something that people have wanted forever. Seth Godin, writer
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Nobody has money right now. And eating is very important, but it doesn't need to be expensive. And to make - it doesn't need to be fancy, as long as it's fresh and simple. The simpler it is, the more fancy it actually comes out tasting. Debi Mazar, actress
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There's no great mystery to acting. It's a very simple thing to do but you have to work hard at it. It's about asking questions and using your imagination. Eddie Marsan, actor
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I've always had a sense of humour, and I still do, so I just want to go on performing as long as I can. It's as simple as that. Norman Wisdom, comedian
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But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. Elizabeth Edwards, lawyer
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When dealing with illegal immigration, the answer is simple; enforce Constitutional mandates, and you will protect Floridians and the American people. Allen West, politician
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You know, we have a fiscal train wreck before us. And unless we act, and act deliberately, we're not going to enable our kids to have what we have. It's plain and simple as that. Eric Cantor, politician
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The best movies are simple. Shia LaBeouf, actor
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Scientology is the study of knowingness. It increases one's knowingness, but if a man were totally aware of what was going on around him, he would find it relatively simple to handle any outnesses in that. L. Ron Hubbard, author
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Dealing with a simple burglary can require 1,000 process steps and 70 forms to be completed as a case goes through the Criminal Justice System. That can't be right. Theresa May, politician
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The simple fact of the matter is, as I know everyone in this room knows, that the recession that this country faced when this President took office was the worst since the Great Depression. Jay Carney, public servant
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Let me completely condemn these sickening scenes; scenes of looting, scenes of vandalism, scenes of thieving, scenes of people attacking police, of people even attacking firefighters. This is criminality pure and simple and it has to be confronted. David Cameron, politician
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Why are we talking about talking? Why negotiating about negotiating? It's very simple. If you want to get to peace, put all your preconditions on the side, sit down opposite a table, not in a studio, by the way. Benjamin Netanyahu, leader
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That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. Steve Jobs, businessman
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In terms of doing work and in terms of learning and evolving as a person, you just grow more when you get more people's perspectives... I really try and live the mission of the company and... keep everything else in my life extremely simple. Mark Zuckerberg, businessman
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I wish I could just go tell all the young women I work with, all these fabulous women, 'Believe in yourself and negotiate for yourself. Own your own success.' I wish I could tell that to my daughter. But it's not that simple. Sheryl Sandberg, businesswoman
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If you are a great dramatic actor then you often don't know if people are enjoying your stuff at all because they are sitting there in silence. But with comedy it's a simple premise. If it's funny, people laugh. If it's not, they don't. Steve Coogan, comedian
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We live in times of high stress. Messages that are simple, messages that are inspiring, messages that are life-affirming, are a welcome break from our real lives. Simon Sinek, author
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  • #break

If there is one lesson for U.S. foreign policy from the past 10 years, it is surely that military intervention can seem simple but is in fact a complex affair with the potential for unintended consequences. Fareed Zakaria, journalist
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  • #affair

I think you need to have a tax system that basically is flat, fair and simple. And - that you can put on a post card. I mean, even Timothy Geithner could do this one and get it on time. Rick Perry, politician
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Just telling a story. That's cinema. It's not silent, black and white. It's a simple story that's well made. Jean Dujardin, actor
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  • #black

I have to say, I have an affinity for Bossanova. It's very warm-sounding to me - lush and simple. I like that. Joey Santiago, musician
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  • #affinity

To be brutally honest, it's simple economics. If they want to come into cycling, sponsors need to know the team they are funding is clean, otherwise the risk is just too great. David Millar, athlete
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If you can capture the humanity of a family struggling in an economic crisis you can make a difference. You can raise awareness just of the simple humanity. Emily Blunt, actress
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  • #awareness

We used to sit around and chortle, 'Look what this guy said five years ago, and today look what he's doing. Let's stick it to him!' It's as simple as that, I swear. Mike Wallace, journalist
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In the end no segregationist scheme has withstood the force of a simple idea: equality under law. Eric Liu, writer
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Identity in America is complicated but it's also simple: it's about whom you identify with and who identifies with you. Eric Liu, writer
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I would be in Italy working on a film, longing for something simple - like, God, I would just kill to be sitting at a barbecue having a beer right now. Chris O'Donnell, actor
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The computer seems easy because Apple makes the products so easy to use at home. It's the simple things, like getting the TV set up or getting the speakers to work. That drives me crazy. Chris O'Donnell, actor
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Simple people have much to offer. We, too, in return, must give to them to the best of our abilities. We must, with all our heart, try to help them acquire what they truly deserve. Simin Daneshvar, novelist
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The body's like a huge ear. It's as simple as that. Evelyn Glennie, musician
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Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win. Gary Lineker, athlete
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  • #minutes

I'm a very simple person. I don't use computers. Carrie-Anne Moss, actress
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I definitely spend the most money on shoes, partly because vintage footwear can be a little funky - in a bad way. I like to keep things pretty simple up top and then go weird with the shoes. Chloe Sevigny, actress
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My voice, my likeness is my livelihood. That's it. I keep it simple. I pick good products. Billy Mays, businessman
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  • #likeness

I go around the country and do a simple gag like, 'The property ladder is now a snake' and get a real laugh. Jimmy Carr, comedian
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I wish my real life could be as simple and scripted as it is on television. Nancy Travis, actress
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I have invested the best part of my adult political life in helping to try to build up this movement and I am far from perfect but I do think I am able, through the media, to deliver a good, simple, understandable message. Nigel Farage, politician
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A lot of children don't find forever homes because they're on that special-needs list, even if it's because of something as simple as her mother smoked cigarettes for a month, not knowing she was pregnant. Katherine Heigl, actress
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I walk the streets, take the train, it's real simple. Some actors create their own mythology: 'Oh, I'm so famous I can't go places, because I created this mythology that I'm so famous I can't go places.' Samuel L. Jackson, actor
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  • #create

I voted for Barack because he was black. 'Cuz that's why other folks vote for other people - because they look like them... That's American politics, pure and simple. Samuel L. Jackson, actor
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I keep everything very simple. I like telling stories. Michael Fassbender, actor
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I'm not allowed to get a big head, I've still got to do the simple things in life. Queen Latifah, musician
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I would never become a size zero. I work out because I want to look good naked, simple as that. Kelly Rowland, musician
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  • #become

Well, I think the world changes around you - I think you don't change. That's as simple as that. Sam Worthington, actor
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  • #change

I like things that are simple, such as an alarm clock. Martin Freeman, actor
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It's often difficult for conservatives to separate overall government intervention from a question as simple as the census. Patrick McHenry, politician
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  • #census

Pricing is actually a pretty simple and straight forward thing. Customers will not pay literally a penny more than the true value of the product. Ron Johnson, politician
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  • #customers

I'm not too big on moisturisers and fancy skin products. I keep my grooming regime nice and simple. Shaun White, snowboarder
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  • #big

It goes all the way back to 'Psycho.' Movies with twists like that are memorable because they're so simple. Steve Zahn, actor
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  • #memorable

I have experienced some amazing food! Yet when I think about the most luxurious and exquisite meals I have had, visions of simple food made from a few natural ingredients are what most excite me. Mark Hyman,
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The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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The simple truth is that balding African-American men look cool when they shave their heads, whereas balding white men look like giant thumbs. Dave Barry, journalist
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Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table. Alfred Hitchcock, director
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I got a chain letter by fax. It's very simple. You just fax a dollar bill to everybody on the list. Steven Wright, comedian
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There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating. Alfred Hitchcock, director
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When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame. Dan Quayle, vice president
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  • #answer

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. Cary Grant, actor
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  • #life

Advertising is, actually, a simple phenomenon in terms of economics. It is merely a substitute for a personal sales force - an extension, if you will, of the merchant who cries aloud his wares. Rosser Reeves, businessman
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  • #advertising

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein, physicist
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  • #possible

What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise. Barbara Jordan, politician
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  • #america

Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values... God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. Charles Lindbergh, aviator
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  • #complicates

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? Albert Camus, philosopher
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  • #happiness

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. Edward Teller, physicist
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  • #science

The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple. Rebecca West, author
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  • #complicated

Anything simple always interests me. David Hockney, artist
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  • #anything

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. Albert Camus, philosopher
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  • #work

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. Bertrand Russell, philosopher
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  • #governed

Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time. Arnold H. Glasow, author
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  • #success

All truth is simple... is that not doubly a lie? Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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  • #doubly

Everything deep is also simple and can be reproduced simply as long as its reference to the whole truth is maintained. But what matters is not what is witty but what is true. Albert Schweitzer, theologian
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  • #deep

It always takes awfully long time to understand unbelievably simple things. Joe Chung,
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