quote by Thomas Mann

Order and simplification are the first steps towards the mastery of a subject.

— Thomas Mann

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Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

Simplification is one of the most difficult things to do.

Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.


The Structure of Magic I by Richard Bandler and John Grinder is a delightful simplification of the infinite complexities of the language I use with patients. In reading this book, I learned a great deal about the things that I've done without knowing about them.

The extreme positions of the Crossfire Syndrome require extreme simplification - framing the debate in terms which ignore the real issues.

There are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built on the log cabin idea.

All the above is, of course, a gross simplification.

There are deeper reasons to travel - itches and tickles on the underbelly of the unconscious mind. We go where we need to go, and then try to figure out what we're doing there.

It would seem that more than function itself, simplicity is the deciding factor in the aesthetic equation. One might call the process beauty through function and simplification.


Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.

Let us stop being afraid. Of our own thoughts, our own minds. Of madness, our own or others'. Stop being afraid of the mind itself, its astonishing functions and fandangos, its complications and simplifications, the wonderful operation of its machinery--more wonderful because it is not machinery at all or predictable.

Culture has never the translucidity of custom;

it abhors all simplification. In its essence it is opposed to custom, for custom is always the deterioration of culture.

Do not be alarmed by simplification, complexity is often a device for claiming sophistication, or for evading simple truths.


It's just that the longer I fish, the more I long for simplification and lightness.

My characters have undergone the same process of simplification as the colors.

Now that they have been simplified, they appear more human and alive than if they had been represented in all their details.

Many foreigners have asked me how we made the Danish style.

And I've answered that it...was rather a continuous process of purification, and for me of simplification, to cut down to the simplest possible elements of four legs, a seat and combined top rail and arm rest.

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.

A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life.

We should always bear in mind that numbers represent a simplification of reality.


Faith transcends reason because divine truth is not only higher, but also wider than the human mind, and the rationalist in his haste for premature simplification always tends to shut his eyes to one aspect of the truth and to seek a false harmony of thought by the sacrifice of an essential element of reality.

The writer's first job is not to have opinions but to tell the truth.

.. and refuse to be an accomplice of lies and misinformation. Literature is the house of nuance and contrariness against the voices of simplification.

Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification.

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

One charming characteristic of many flank attacks I could mention is that they do not very often lead to simplification: if the attack is parried, there usually are still opportunities left for initiating action in another sector.


The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.

Artistic simplicity is more complex than artistic complexity for it arises via the simplification of the latter and against its backdrop or system.

To minds of a certain cast there is nothing so captivating as simplification and generalization.

He can be regarded as the great master of simplification.

The art of resolving the tension at the critical moment and in the most effacious way so as to clarify the position as desired is Capablanca's own.

The continent is too large to describe.

It is a veritable ocean, a separate planet, a varied, immensely rich cosmos. Only with the greatest simplification, for the sake of convenience, can we say 'Africa'. In reality, except as a geographical appellation, Africa does not exist.


There never was a sounder logical maxim of scientific procedure than Ockham's razor: Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. That is to say; before you try a complicated hypothesis, you should make quite sure that no simplification of it will explain the facts equally well.

There is one simplification at least.

Electrons behave ... in exactly the same way as photons; they are both screwy, but in exactly in the same way.

The labeling of nociceptors as pain fibers was not an admirable simplification, but an unfortunate trivialization under the guise of simplification.

It is easy to talk about tax simplification, and we all know it is very difficult to accomplish; but for the last three Congresses, I have offered a tax simplification bill that would include a paid-for repeal of alternative minimum tax.

... one of the things the tyrant most cunningly engineers is the gross over-simplification of language, because propaganda requires that the minds of the collective respond primitively to slogans of incitement.

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