Simplicity carried to the extreme becomes elegance.
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.
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.
The central enemy of reliability is complexity.
Geer et al.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential.
From the Agile Manifesto
Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.
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.
Good code is short, simple, and symmetrical – the challenge is figuring out how to get there.
Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.