The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague.
Edsger W. Dijkstra
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.
Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
From the Agile Manifesto
The best things are simple, but finding these simple things is not simple.
The computing scientist’s main challenge is not to get confused by the complexities of his own making.
E. W. Dijkstra
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
Geer et al.
Complexity kills. It sucks the life out of developers, it makes products difficult to plan, build and test, it introduces security challenges and it causes end-user and administrator frustration.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.