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It is so easy to overcomplicate our lives – to add complexity when it is not needed, to make things more difficult than they are, to add unnecessary burden and bureaucracy.

“When the solution is simple, God is answering.” Albert Einstein

I love this quote. And I love the concept of simple – not simplistic – but simple. So for a change of pace to help us…well…simplify, here are 20 more of my favorite quotes on the concept of “simple” – the last two are the most fascinating!

18 “Simple” Quotes

“Einstein was a man who could ask immensely simple questions. And what his work showed is that when the answers are simple too, then you can hear God thinking.” Jacob Bronowski

“The Holy Bible is an abyss. It is impossible to explain how profound it is, impossible to explain how simple it is.” Ernest Hello

“The gateway to Christianity is not through an intricate labyrinth of dogma, but by a simple belief in the person of Christ. ” Norman Vincent Peale

“The words of truth are simple.” Aeschylus

“There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” Ronald Reagan

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers.” General Colin Powell

“At Wal-Mart, if you couldn’t explain an idea or a concept in simple terms on one page of paper Sam Walton considered the new idea too complicated to implement.” Michael Bergdahl

“Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple.” Edward de Bono

“The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.” Warren Buffett

“Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.” Leo Burnett

“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.” Charles Bukowski

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” Arnold H. Glasow

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” Lou Holtz

“My pitching philosophy is simple – keep the ball away from the bat.” Satchel Paige

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” Jim Rohn

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Winston Churchill

“They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong.” Ronald Reagan

2 Fascinating “Simple” Quotes

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” Adolf Hitler

“Issues are never simple. One thing I’m proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.” Barack Obama

Your Favorites?

Which is your favorite? Any “Simple” quotes you’d like to add to the list?