Simplicity

“I wouldn’t give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity; I would give my right arm for the simplicity on the far side of complexity.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

I think this quote highlights a very important point. It’s easy to say simplicity is great, and it’s easy to create something simple. But to make something simple and valuable first requires you to examine the breadth and depth of the subject in all its detail before you can identify the simple solution that covers all the bases that matter. If you’re making something simple, how much complexity did you deal with before you focused in on your simple solution?

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