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Think Big

As we get more transparent with data sets about infrastructure and systems management, I have a feeling we'll see big changes in how we think about complexity and our relationship to our actions.

- Aaron Koblin


From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible.

- Abdus Salam

Does Precede

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.

- Alan Perlis

Suffer Some

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.

- Alan Perlis

Challenges Use

Politicians must be simple and clear about how their ideas will serve the national cause. We can no longer use the complexity of today's problems as an excuse for inaction, rhyme or rhetoric that does not meet the challenges before us.

- Alan Siegel

Processes Pluto

Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we've seen in the solar system.

- Alan Stern

Think Some

I do think that the emotional weight of 'Biutiful' has blinded some viewers to the beauty and complexity of the film.

- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Country Chain

The demographic complexity of this country should be reflected not only at the end of the chain, but since the beginning, in order that more of these people can be excited and integrated.

- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Within Mean

The complexity of things - the things within things - just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.

- Alice Munro

Means Increases

Success means your options multiply. Size increases complexity, and complexity can confuse vision.

- Andy Stanley


You cannot communicate complicated information to large groups of people. As you increase the number of people, you have to decrease the complexity of the information.

- Andy Stanley


The notion of the infinite variety of detail and the multiplicity of forms is a pleasing one; in complexity are the fringes of beauty, and in variety are generosity and exuberance.

- Annie Dillard

Always Been

I've always been struck by the complexity of a world where drugs kill and cure. Where no one is immune.

- Antonia Bird


If literary terms were about artistic merit and not the rules of convenience, about achievement and not safety, the term 'realism' would be an honorary one, conferred only on work that actually builds unsentimental reality on the page, that matches the complexity of life with an equally rich arrangement in language.

- Charles J. Shields


If you look at any leaf on any tree branch, it's similar to but not exactly a repetition of the previous branch. So the new science of complexity or showing how an architecture can be produced just as quickly, cheaply and efficiently by using computer production methods to get the slight variation, the self-similarity.

- Charles Jencks

Build Charge

Simplicity is hard to build, easy to use, and hard to charge for. Complexity is easy to build, hard to use, and easy to charge for.

- Chris Sacca

Father Been

There was a great complexity to my father. He was a devoted family man. But, in the same breath, he simply was not suited to an anchored life. He should have been somebody who had a backpack, an old map, a bit of change in his pocket and that was it - roaming the world.

- Christian Bale

Great Design

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.

- Christopher Alexander

I Think Allow

One of the things I'm trying to do over and over again in my books is create new mythologies, create new ways to understand the complexity of the world. I think what mythology does is impress upon chaotic experience the patterns, hierarchies and shapes which allow us to interpret the chaos and make fresh sense of it.

- Clive Barker


BitCoin is actually an exploit against network complexity. Not financial networks, or computer networks, or social networks. Networks themselves.

- Dan Kaminsky

Been Movie

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down - there have only been three or four SF movies in the history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.

- Dan Simmons

Fact Own

I know from my own experience that there is much more to 'intelligence' than an IQ number. In fact, I hesitate to believe that any system could really reflect the complexity and uniqueness of one person's mind, or meaningfully describe the nature of his or her potential.

- Daniel Tammet

Big Dangers

I believe human beings mark a threshold in the development of the planet, of course, but it is only part of the picture. What Big History can do is show us the nature of our complexity and fragility and the dangers that face us, but it can also show us our power, with collective learning.

- David Christian

Means Creatures

We, as extremely complex creatures, desperately need to know this story of how the universe creates complexity and why complexity means vulnerability and fragility.

- David Christian

Level Contain

The truly privileged theories are not the ones referring to any particular scale of size or complexity, nor the ones situated at any particular level of the predictive hierarchy, but the ones that contain the deepest explanations.

- David Deutsch

Stop Attempting

Stop trying to change reality by attempting to eliminate complexity.

- David Whyte

Like Very

For me, a $20 wine that drinks like a $40 wine in terms of complexity and interest is a value, while a $5 wine that is not very good is not a value at all in my opinion.

- Deborah Harkness

Depend Accurate

Life does depend on accurate replication of molecules, and its complexity often requires that an enzyme shall accept one molecular species or type and transform it to equally specific products.

- John Cornforth

Here Other

God has levels of willing and delighting. He wills and delights in things in different ways so that approval and disapproval can coexist without being contradictory, without canceling each other out. I am making the case here for infinite complexity.

- John Piper

Dealing Very

I never claimed to be a computer engineer, but I did train as an industrial designer, and I am a consumer marketer, and I am very comfortable dealing with complex businesses and complexity in general and simplifying it - basically a systems designer.

- John Sculley

Think Using

I think that televisions are unnecessarily complex. The irony is that as the pictures get better and the choice of content gets broader, that the complexity of the experience of using the television gets more and more complicated.

- John Sculley

Need Deal

We need to shift the paradigm from reactive technologies to more integrative solutions that deal with the variety and complexity of the threats that are out there today.

- John W. Thompson

Language Guy

The ultimate storyteller is Shakespeare, who was able to get the 'groundlings' to laugh at his bawdy humor and storylines but could still be studied by scholars to this day for the complexity of his language, meter, and symbolism. That's the real guy.

- Jon Favreau

Learn Like

I don't own a helicopter because I want someone to bring me places quickly. I own it because it's an incredible machine that I like to fly and learn about. I like the complexity of it.

- Jon Oringer

Lovely Aware

I feel that it's lovely when, as a user, you're not aware of the complexity.

- Jonathan Ive

Pirate Level

Lego allows all levels of complexity. But a child can do their own thing at any level. They can built a pirate ship, for example, and then mash it up with completely different things.

- Jorgen Vig Knudstorp

Play I Remember

I always have loved the Stradivarius. My teacher, Josef Gingold, he had a Stradivarius. As a treat, he would put it under my chin and let me play a few notes, and I remember that feeling of the overtones, the complexity of the sound. It's like a great wine.

- Joshua Bell


The father's greatest folly is that he believes he can be a much more simple person than he is; he is not really able to deal with his own complexity as a human being.

- Atom Egoyan

Your About

Our great struggle in medicine these days is not just with ignorance and uncertainty. It's also with complexity: how much you have to make sure you have in your head and think about. There are a thousand ways things can go wrong.

- Atul Gawande

Think I Think

I think the extreme complexity of medicine has become more than an individual clinician can handle. But not more than teams of clinicians can handle.

- Atul Gawande

Doing Smiles

We see North Koreans as automatons, goose-steeping at parades, doing mass gymnastics with fixed smiles on their faces - but beneath all that, real life goes on with the same complexity of human emotion as anywhere else.

- Barbara Demick


I don't have answers for anybody else. What I know is that internal complexity makes for superficiality. There's never essentially a pure story unless there's a pure product line that has its own shining clarity.

- Barry Diller

Always Badly

Judaism to me, as badly as I practiced it, what I've always loved about it was its total embrace of complexity, its admission of unknowability.

- Ben Marcus

Asking Discover

The power of Ayasdi is its unique ability to automatically discover insights - regardless of complexity - without asking questions.

- Gurjeet Singh

Other Mired

We are so mired in the complexity of our reactions to other people that when you come across someone who is asocial, there is a simplicity that is refreshing.

- Ben Whishaw

Piano Concerto

In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity.

- Gyorgy Ligeti

Blind Here

When we came to Iraq, we didn't understand the complexity - what it meant for a society to live under a brutal dictatorship with ethnic and sectarian divisions. When we first got here, we made a lot of mistakes. We were like a blind man, trying to do the right thing but breaking a lot of things.

- H. R. McMaster

Idea Emergence

I'm interested in complexity, in the mathematical sense, as well as the idiomatic sense. The idea of emergence - that it's possible for complex patterns to arise out of many simple interactions - is fascinating.

- Hari Kunzru

Afraid Detail

People are afraid of detail and complexity.

- Henry Markram

Through Very

I'm a perfectionist. And that's served me very well in my career. It allows me to handle these large, complex problems without letting things fall through the cracks... That is the mentality you have to have to attack these complex problems of chip design, for example, when you're overwhelmed with complexity.

- Henry Samueli

Some Took

I tried to develop some theories that took account of the uncertainty in the world and the complexity in the world.

- Herbert A. Simon

Over Which

Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple. The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment in which we find ourselves.

- Herbert Simon

Play Behind

I know myself - I cannot just play a cliche. It has to be a character; it has to be written with the complexity of the human being behind. Could be bad, could be good, could be someone we would hate, but still, I need a reason for that influence, and I need to understand why.

- Hiam Abbass

Father Own

My father taught me Basic and rudimentary C, I learned everything else on my own, including studying computational complexity on my own. That's more a function of my age than anything else though - back when I was in school there were hardly any programming classes.

- Bram Cohen

Some Figures

With all of the people in Cuba who I met - many of them hugely heroic figures - I found learning about their complexity and richness and contradictions just really fascinating, and it was fulfilling to be able to offer a different side to them, to be able to have some kind of unique takeaway from the official narrative.

- Brin-Jonathan Butler

Deserve Means

What we call 'evil' doesn't necessarily deserve any kind of respect or understanding, by any means; it just deserves an acknowledgement of its complexity so we can better understand it - so we can help prevent it.

- Bryan Singer

Means Decay

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.

- C. Northcote Parkinson

Goal Want

My goal is to simplify complexity. I just want to build stuff that really simplifies our base human interaction.

- Jack Dorsey

New Tolerant

We need a President who is not afraid of complexity, who believes in an open and tolerant society, and who knows that the world can be made new again - and that President is Al Gore.

- Caroline Kennedy


Our culture thrives on black-and-white narratives, clearly defined emotions, easy endings, and so, this thrust into complexity exhausts.

- Caroline Knapp

Sometimes While

When government programs aren't working, those on the Left tend to support more funding, while those on the Right want to scrap them altogether. It is better to ask whether the problem is complexity and poor design. We can solve those problems - sometimes without spending a penny.

- Cass Sunstein

Got Theoretical

My work was fairly theoretical. It was in recursive function theory. And in particular, hierarchies of functions in terms of computational complexity. I got involved in real computers and programming mainly by being - well, I was interested even as I came to graduate school.

- Dennis Ritchie

Through Some

We're all complex human beings, and if some of that complexity shows through, I think it's advantageous for the movie.

- Jan de Bont

Chicken Outing

I didn't go to many movies. My mom would make a family outing and bring chicken in the theater. Smell up the whole place. The most impactful movies were 'Godfather II' and 'Scarface'. I loved the human complexity, and those movies are so well shot. Cinematic greatness. I really stopped going in my early twenties.

- Jay-Z

Country Trusted

If there's one country that can be trusted to understand the complexity of history, it's Israel.

- Donald Tusk

Whole Detailed

The detailed geometry of the coenzyme molecule as a whole is fascinating in its complexity.

- Dorothy Hodgkin

Art Puzzle

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.

- Douglas Horton

Why Another

Once everyone is connected to everyone and everything else, nothing matters anymore. If everyone in the world is your Facebook friend, then why have any Facebook friends at all? We're back where we started. The ultimate complexity is just another entropy.

- Douglas Rushkoff

Fruit Nicely

You want hot days to get your fruit ripe but then you want it to cool off nicely at night so that the grapes stay on the vine longer and develop complexity.

- Drew Bledsoe

Love Other

Even in the deepest love relationship - when lovers say 'I love you' to each other - we don't really know what we're saying, because language isn't equal to the complexity of human emotions.

- Duane Michals

Other Which

Our present will become the past of other men and women. We depend on them to remember it with the complexity with which it was suffered. As others, once, depended on us.

- Eavan Boland

Some De Niro

It's something that people relate to - and I hope my kid doesn't relate to - but there's a level of believability in playing complex characters. You know, Christopher Walken has done some hilarious comedies, De Niro. There's great room for complexity and darkness to do well in comedies.

- Jeremy Sisto

Trauma Through

In your twenties, if you have any amount of complexity in your childhood, or any trauma that you haven't dealt with, it comes out. That's why you have a lot of artists that don't make it through.

- Jeremy Sisto

Feel Bit

Comedians could do mindless things - and by mindless, I mean the easy jokes and things that you already agree with - but I find it more interesting, more of a reward, for people to feel something. I like to make a human connection, and that involves speaking emotionally, a bit more intellectually, or with a bit more moral complexity.

- Jerrod Carmichael

Waste Dealing

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

Duality Just

Duality is not a story. Duality is just a complexity.

- Edward Norton


This growth in the number, speed of formation, permanence, delicacy and complexity of associations possible for an animal reaches its acme in the case of man.

- Edward Thorndike


The intellectual evolution of the race consists in an increase in the number, delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.

- Edward Thorndike

Reduce Labors

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.

- Edwin Way Teale

TV Though

As a novelist, I like the contained drama and complexity of the courtroom, though I don't watch those shows on TV. I prefer the hospital shows because I wanted to be a doctor.

- Elizabeth Strout

Spice Show

Being a food show and being me, I always kicked it up a notch, which means I would always elevate the spice level or the complexity of a particular dish. So, it was always like we're going to kick this up a little bit.

- Emeril Lagasse

Think Some

I think I'm drawn to characters with complexity or who are under duress in some way and have some conflict going on.

- Emily Blunt

Play Always

The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me. In an effort to understand it, I became a critic.

- Kenneth Tynan

Over Other

Complexity that works is built up out of modules that work perfectly, layered one over the other.

- Kevin Kelly

Explain Over

Products can introduce more complexity over time, but as far as launching and introducing a new product into the market, it's a marketing problem. You have to explain everything you do, and people have to understand it, within seconds.

- Kevin Systrom

Love Diane

I love 'Annie Hall'; I will always come back to that film again and again. Diane Keaton has been such an inspiration to me. She always brings humour, but complexity, and I love watching her on screen. She's got real charisma.

- Felicity Jones

Strong Play

People are composed of many things, and in my work, what influences me is the complexity of people - the chiaroscuro of dark and light. When I play a strong guy, I try to find, where is he weak? And, conversely, when I play a weak guy, where is he strong?

- Kirk Douglas

Inside I Think

I think that if you can convey a kind of a complexity, a mystery, a truth in stillness, that, to me, is really worth striving for, and I totally agree with Michael Fassbender in that less is more. If it's going on inside you, the camera will find it.

- Gabriel Byrne

Deep Cut

I'm not saying anything that's unknown, but movies are always cut down and there's a lot of complexity within the film that is not always widely accepted by the general audience, which is just a reality; a movie of a certain size, they don't want people to be too - it's a balance of how deep to keep going with these ideas.

- Len Wiseman

Love About

We academics - I am an academic - we love complexity. You can write papers about complexity, and the nice thing about complexity is it's fundamentally intractable in many ways, so you're not responsible for outcomes.

- George M. Whitesides

Truck Part

Liberal democracies like ours seem, for the most part, to have learned how to avoid meticulously planned mass-casualty plots with the complexity and scale of 9/11. But they don't know how to keep their citizens safe at night clubs and concerts, in supermarkets, on beachfront promenades, from truck drivers.

- George Packer

New Inquire

To inquire into the origin of life is like seeking the origin of electrical machinery or the origin of music. Every increase in complexity of arrangement, of form, of substance, leads to new and often incalculable properties.

- Gilbert Newton Lewis

Reason Ease

Sometimes the routes leading to feelings of anger are so convoluted and circuitous that it takes enormous skill to discern their original source, or fountainhead. But regardless of the reason for or the source of the anger or the relative ease or complexity in perceiving either the anger or its source - everybody, but everybody, gets angry.

- Theodore Isaac Rubin

Belonging See

People have to see that there is a high degree of complexity about belonging to a gang. It's a symptom, not a problem.

- Greg Boyle

Big Code

The Mozilla project is big in terms of lines of code and complexity.

- Mitchell Baker


Consciousness, for me, is a manifestation of complexity in biology. It's an emergent property.

- Gregory Stock

Love Sophia

Anna Magnani, Sophia Loren, Meryl Streep - I love actresses that are strong and fragile at the same time. They bring complexity to their roles.

- Moran Atias

Add Fairly

Normally, learning lines is fairly easy for me, but when you add an accent onto that, it adds a complexity that I had not anticipated.

- Rachel Skarsten

Diversity Been

I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity, diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.

- Murray Gell-Mann

Stems Lineage

So long as procreation stems from parents of the same race, appearance and lineage are typically congruent. Interracial unions give rise to added complexity. Interracial amalgamation will produce some individuals whose features diverge from those commonly ascribed to the races of their ancestors.

- Randall Kennedy