Best 54 Quotes & Tweets on Complexity

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1

Reasons your product will fail: 1. Too complex 2. Can’t easily be described 3. Didn’t iterate fast enough 4. Bland 5. Failed to launch into a community 6. Doesn’t save time/money 7. Poor design 8. Does too much 9. Didn’t take a feature risk 10. Listened to wrong the customers

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

2

Life is simple, but not easy. The problem is we want life to be easy, which makes it complicated.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

3

Simple — Complicated — Simple At first things appear simple. As you learn more they become complicated. As you learn even more, they become simple. Simplicity on the other side of complexity is understanding.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

4

We chase what's sexy and miss what matters - Excitement starts something. Execution completes it. - Speed makes a good story. Velocity makes a difference. - Complexity makes you sound smart. Focusing on the basics shows you are. - New commands attention. Old offers insight.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

5

No over yes. Hard over easy. Outcome over ego. Simple over complex. Listen over speaking. Doing over criticizing. Effective over efficient. Long term over short term. Avoiding stupidity over seeking brilliance.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

6

Complexity impresses your peers. Clarity impresses your customers.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

7

Put a little ambiguity in your tweet to give the reader a subconscious puzzle to unlock.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

It is the mark of a charlatan to explain a simple concept in a complex way.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Simplicity compounds. Complexity zeros out.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

10

Anyone can make something complex, but only someone who really understands can make it correct and simple.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

11

To add value, subtract complexity.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

12

Complexity is a hidden tax on your energy.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

13

To think clearly, understand the basics. If you're memorizing advanced concepts without being able to re-derive them as needed, you're lost.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

The best sources of insight aren't hidden or obscure. The most valuable insights are the unrecognized simplicities that are overlooked by the many seeking complexity.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

15

Be skeptical of people who take something seemingly straightforward and make it sound needlessly complex

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

16

Complexity seduces builders. Simplicity seduces buyers.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

17

The hardest thing to do in the universe is to make the complex simple.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

18

Complexity impresses your peers. Clarity impresses your customers.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

19

Complexity impresses your peers. Clarity impresses your customers.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

20

If your writing is too complicated, stop typing and record yourself talking about what you’re trying to write. Then write down exactly what you said.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

21

Making something simple can be incredibly complicated.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

22

We overcomplicate it so we can say it was too complicated when we give up.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

23

Top product people practice reductionism. They take radically complex concepts and distill them down to the bare minimum. Their skill is directed by years of trial and error; pain and failure. The sooner you practice reductionism, the better you’ll be at product.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

24

Complexity as input. Simplicity as output.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

25

Just because it's simple doesn't mean it's not sophisticated.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

26

Build a great product, market it effectively. Don’t complicate it.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

27

I love the German word: Fingerspitzengefühl The literal translation is "finger tips feeling." It describes somebody with extreme situational awareness, who has strong intuitive instincts in complex situations. They act with tact in social situations and foresight in business.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

28

The more we say yes, the more complex life gets.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

29

Academic writing rewards complexity. Business writing rewards simplicity.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

30

When you add complexity to a system, you feel the benefits first and the costs later — which is why it’s so dangerous. Prize simplicity.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

31

All living systems locally reverse entropy but globally increase it. More complex, more entropy. Life accelerates 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

32

The path to simplicity goes through complexity.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

33

The path to simplicity goes through complexity.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

34

The more complexity (features) you bake into your product, the more surface area for questions will arise from customers, investors and pundits.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

35

Too much effort can be as dangerous as not enough: • Sometimes simple is better than complex • Sometimes it’s better to just get it out there • Sometimes we invent problems that don’t really exist

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

36

Write to express, not to impress. One idea per sentence, one idea per paragraph. Resist the urge to create complexity by using big words and long sentences like the one I'm typing right now which is getting too long, so it's confusing. Be clear. Be simple. Aim for clarity.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

37

It’s so easy to get sucked into the complexity vortex if you don’t personally have to solve real problems under pressure with the solution.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

38

Loading your writing with jargon, clichés, technical terms, and abbreviations makes your audience guess what you’re trying to tell them Your job is to convey your ideas as clearly as possible so that there is no room for misinterpretation

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

39

Just because life is complicated doesn’t mean you should complicate it

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

40

Making the complex simple is an arbitrage opportunity.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

41

There’s always a million excuses for why things just have to be this complex because blah, blah… And all will be ~true, just not important.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

42

Design is multidimensional warfare against complexity.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

43

Your writing is as good as your reader’s inability to predict what you’re going to say next

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

44

Simplicity is achieved by actively resisting complexity. Every day.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

45

Simplicity is an expression of confidence. Complexity is an expression of confusion.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

46

Complexity is the enemy of persuasion.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

47

Make your writing simple so your ideas can be complex.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

48

The three steps of writing an essay: 1) Simple 2) Complex 3) Simple I usually finish close to where I started, but the writing process refines the original idea.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

49

When someone explains a complex topic simply in a way that finally makes it *click* for you, be grateful. Chances are it’s taken them weeks, months or even years of work to get to that point. Beautiful simplicity usually starts as a hawt mess. 🔥

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

50

complexity, compliance, consensus, and committees ... Unless you’re at the top of the pyramid, all of these offer job security. They also lull you into false confidence and conceal, rather than reveal, dangers.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish