Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
From the Agile Manifesto
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
Increasingly, people seem to misinterpret complexity as sophistication, which is baffling—-the incomprehensible should cause suspicion rather than admiration. Possibly this trend results from a mistaken belief that using a somewhat mysterious device confers an aura of power on the user.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
E. W. Dijkstra
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.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.
Edsger W. Dijkstra
Simplicity is hard to build, easy to use, and hard to charge for. Complexity is easy to build, hard to use, and easy to charge for.