Best 102 Quotes & Tweets on Simplicity

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The highest level of mastery is simplicity. Most information is irrelevant and most effort is wasted, but only the expert knows what to ignore.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

2

Simplicity before understanding complexity is ignorance. Simplicity after understanding complexity is genius.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

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

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

4

Beginner = ignorant simplicity Intermediate = functional complexity Advanced = profound simplicity

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

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

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Stick to the basics. Do your job. Avoid stupidity. Speak for yourself. Be attentive to details. Put results ahead of being right. Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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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

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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

9

The best work resists compression. The best explanations are short, but potent. The best software delivers the same outcome in fewer clicks. The best manufacturing processes create products in less time and with less waste. The shape of genius is simplicity.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

Complicated rules paralyze people. Simple rules empower people.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

11

There is almost always a simple solution that will deliver 90% of the result you want. The extra 10% can be worthwhile, but it's not *usually* worthwhile. Save the extra effort for the stuff that really, truly matters. In all other cases, do the simple thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

Stick to the basics. Every. Single. Day. Do your job. Sweat the details. Put the team first. Be attentive. Ignore the noise. Speak for yourself.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

13

So simple, yet so underrated: Make others look good in front of the people they care about most.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

14

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

15

Writing for clarity and persuasion ... 1. Grab the reader with the first sentence. 2. Remove unnecessary words. 3. Keep things simple (write for a grade 8). 4. Short sentences are better. 5. Active voice is easier to process than passive.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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There's an old saying: Measure twice, cut once. Too many entrepreneurs misunderstand this... They measure 8 times, then never cut. Analysis paralysis. Cutting without measuring is better than never cutting at at all. Perfect is the enemy of good.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

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The paradox of creativity: Your work is done when it looks so simple that the consumer thinks they could've done it, which means they won't appreciate how hard you worked

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

18

While results matter (and are what most people ultimately strive for), it’s better to focus on inputs over outputs because the world is complex and any single instance of success can be random. What you want is many shots on goal. Focusing on inputs means taking lots of shots.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you can't explain it to a reasonably clever 10-year-old, you don't understand it.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

20

Simple but not easy. Learn how to ... Ask great questions of others and the world. Listen attentively to the answers. Change your mind. Stop talking when there is nothing to say. Make others look good around people they care about.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Simplicity compounds. Complexity zeros out.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Focus and simplicity are connected. If you can't focus, then start cutting things out. When only the essential remains, it becomes easy to pay attention to the right thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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A lot of people want the world to just hand them their dream. And when it doesn’t happen, we tell ourselves “it’s not fair,” “I’m just not lucky,” or “I couldn’t because ...” While you don’t control the outcome, you do control the effort.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

25

Here's the only productivity tip you'll ever need: do the most important thing first each day. Sounds simple. No one does it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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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

27

It’s too simple is the greatest compliment a product can ever be paid.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

28

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

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It’s a huge competitive advantage to just speak in normal, non-douchey terms with founders. PE firms: “We are a $1.5BN mid market 10-year fund focused growth fund specializing in B2B SMB” Us: “We own a bunch of profitable internet businesses. We’d like to buy your company.”

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

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So much product development time is spent undoing complexity that should have been left out in the first place.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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Complexity seduces builders. Simplicity seduces buyers.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

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Bureaucrats hate simplicity because it makes their work irrelevant.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

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If you’re having trouble coming up with a simple way to explain your startup, the usual issue is you may be trying to solve too many problems. To fix it, constrain yourself by finishing this madlib: “We help our users _______ by ______.” Fill in the blanks. Keep it to 1 sentence.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

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To go faster we can add energy, do fewer things, or reduce friction. A race car is similar. To make it go faster you can reduce weight, increase power, or reduce drag. Racing resets everyone after each race. We don’t. Small initial advantages compound into big ones.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Action uncomplicates thinking.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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When you write, avoid three kinds of words. 1) Redundant words: Words that say the same thing twice. 2) Wasted words: Words that don’t serve a purpose. 3) Weak words: Words that lack meaning. Shortening your sentences is the simplest way to avoid all three errors.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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The answer is often common sense. However, people think it’s so simple that it can’t possibly be true. But simple doesn’t mean simplistic. A lifetime can be spent taking simple ideas seriously.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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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

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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

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An uncharitable but very useful view of your potential users are ultimately that they are lazy, not very smart, and totally selfish. So if that's the case, the only way our product can see success is if it's easy, clear/understandable, and totally satisfies a fundamental need.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

42

Complexity as input. Simplicity as output.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Rule for communication: Shorten your introduction. Shorter introductions will improve your emails. Shorter introductions will improve your essays. Shorter introductions will improve your speeches. Get to the point.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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Simple trick to improve your writing: Get to the point faster.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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An idea will only spread far once you can explain it in 10 words or less

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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Pro tip: When launching a product, especially for an unknown brand, avoid super-vague-marketing-jazz-hands copy. E.g. I just saw a product described with the tagline, “For anywhere work takes you”. I have no idea what that means.

Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover

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The best way to get to simple is to start at simple. It’s very hard to work backwards.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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Successful people go to great lengths to make success appear simple and obvious.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

50

Academic writing rewards complexity. Business writing rewards simplicity.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell