„Handel is so great and so simple that no one but a professional musician is unable to understand him.“

Samuel Butler Notebooks (2004) p. 153.
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„If our brains were simple enough for us to understand them, we'd be so simple that we couldn't.“

—  Ian Stewart British mathematician and science fiction author 1945

Fonte: The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World

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„Music is of two kinds: one petty, poor, second-rate, never varying, its base the hundred or so phrasings which all musicians understand, a babbling which is more or less pleasant, the life that most composers live.“

—  Honoré de Balzac French writer 1799 - 1850

Il y a deux musiques: une petite, mesquine, de second ordre, partout semblable à elle-même, qui repose sur une centaine de phrases que chaque musicien s'approprie, et qui constitue un bavardage plus ou moins agréable avec lequel vivent la plupart des compositeurs.
Massimilla Doni http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Massimilla_Doni (1839), translated by Clara Bell and James Waring

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„This is not a discussion about superiority or inferiority, it is about seeking to understand differences, about why some of us are great musicians and others great engineers.“

—  James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928

To question genetic intelligence is not racism (2007)
Contexto: We do not yet adequately understand the way in which the different environments in the world have selected over time the genes which determine our capacity to do different things. The overwhelming desire of society today is to assume that equal powers of reason are a universal heritage of humanity. It may well be. But simply wanting this to be the case is not enough. This is not science.
To question this is not to give in to racism. This is not a discussion about superiority or inferiority, it is about seeking to understand differences, about why some of us are great musicians and others great engineers. It is very likely that at least some 10 to 15 years will pass before we get an adequate understanding for the relative importance of nature versus nurture in the achievement of important human objectives. Until then, we as scientists, wherever we wish to place ourselves in this great debate, should take care in claiming what are unarguable truths without the support of evidence.

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„A user interface should be so simple that a beginner in an emergency can understand it within 10 seconds.“

—  Ted Nelson American information technologist, philosopher, and sociologist; coined the terms "hypertext" and "hypermedia" 1937

Ted Nelson motto http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=6681

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„Be patient with the belligerence of the simple-minded. It is not easy to understand that one doesn’t understand“

—  Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Austrian writer 1830 - 1916

Geduld mit der Streitsucht der Einfältigen! Es ist nicht leicht zu begreifen, dass man nicht begreift.
Fonte: Aphorisms (1880/1893), p. 20.

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„Our debt to the Bible and Classics is so great that this type of research will deepen our understanding of our culture and of ourselves.“

—  Cyrus H. Gordon American linguist 1908 - 2001

Fonte: The Common Background of Greek and Hebrew Civilizations (1965 [1962]), Ch.VIII Further Observations on the Bible
Contexto: If archeology had yielded only the Epic of Kret, we would have enough to bridge the gap between the Iliad and Genesis. But... our new sources are so rich that we have only begun... The years ahead bid fair to be the most fruitful in the annals of Classical and Biblical scholarship. Our debt to the Bible and Classics is so great that this type of research will deepen our understanding of our culture and of ourselves.

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„Be guided by feeling alone. We are only simple mortals, subject to error; so listen to the advice of others, but follow only what you understand and can unite in your own feeling.“

—  Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot French landscape painter and printmaker in etching 1796 - 1875

Quote from Corot's 'Notebooks', ca. 1856, as quoted in Artists on Art – from the 14th – 20th centuries, ed. by Robert Goldwater and Marco Treves; Pantheon Books, 1972, London, p. 241
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