Exploring Human Potential

7 & 7: Simple vs. Complex


Less, not more. So that you can focus without distraction, appreciating loveliness in its most natural and naturally appearing state, without a price attached or a quid pro quo. Simple truths emerge from the greatest spirits, and simple spirits voice the greatest truths. Simple involvement to the point of oneness with one’s work can, in the absence of purpose, direction, aim or meaning still bring happiness. That is the mystery, the power of alignment. Complexity is never of value where simplicity will suffice. Leave alone as much as you can, as much as you will – in word, in deed, in material. Need creates greater need, and less of everything else. With simple prayers, the likelihood of a good response is heightened creating a state of happiness in those who have little visible reason to rejoice beyond the fact that they are happy still.


Less is more.
Robert Browning

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumbnail.
Henry David Thoreau

And all the loveliest things there be
Come simply, so it seems to me.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau

The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men.
J. C. and A.W. Hare

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?
Charles M. Schulz

Some of the papers presented at today’s medical meeting tell us what we already know, but in a much more complicated manner.
Alphonse Raymond Dochez

A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone.
Henry David Thoreau

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.
Martin Luther

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
William Ralph Inge

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