Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
From the Agile Manifesto
Beauty is more important in computing than anywhere else in technology because software is so complicated. Beauty is the ultimate defence against complexity.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
Geer et al.
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.
The unavoidable price of reliability is simplicity.
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
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
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.
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.