Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Simplify, simplify

I am becoming more and more convinced that simplicity is essential for true happiness. At least it is for me. I think that Henry was right on this.
"I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run." — Letter from Henry Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 27 March 1848

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