„Oh child, your language is so utterly simple and limited that it has the affect of extreme complication.
-Aunt Beast“

Source: A Wrinkle in Time

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„Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.“

—  Charles Mingus American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader 1922 - 1979

Statement in Mainliner (July 1977), as quoted in Creativity and the writing process (1982) by Olivia Bertagnolli, p. 182; also partly quoted in Survival Skills for Managers (1981) by Marlene Wilson, p. 19
Variant: Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.
As quoted in The Evaluation and Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (1999) by Nils R. Varney and Richard J. Roberts, p. 303
Context: My son's a painter. All through school his teachers tell him he's a genius. I tell him to paint me an apple that looks like and apple before he paints me one that doesn't. Go where you can go, but start from someplace recognizable. Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

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„There is no feeling so simple that it is not immediately complicated and distorted by introspection.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

“An Unprejudiced Mind,” p. 317
Pretexts: Reflections on Literature and Morality (1964)

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„Push your limit to the absolute extreme.“

—  Gordon Ramsay British chef, writer and TV presenter 1966

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„The most complicated skill is to be simple.“

—  Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959

Simplicity http://www.poetrysoup.com/famous/poem/21390/Simplicity
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„I like a thing simple but it must be simple through complication. Everything must come into your scheme, otherwise you cannot achieve real simplicity.“

—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946

What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936), Afterword of a later edition

„A simple box is really a complicated thing.“

—  Donald Judd artist 1928 - 1994

Box of delights http://www.newstatesman.com/node/147350, NewStatesman.com, 23 February 2004
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„Simple and complicated, as most true things are.“

—  David Levithan, book Every Day

Variant: It’s as simple as that. Simple and complicated, as most true things are.
Source: Every Day

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„Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Variant: Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

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