„Hey, you're gonna have to keep it simple for us folks! Keep the words simple so we can understand what you're talking about.“
— Ray Comfort New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist 1949
— David Zindell, livro Neverness
„One must forgive people their failure to understand. Good people are often guilty of faulty judgment.It is essential to be lenient with beginner’s mistakes.“
— Helena Roerich Russian philosopher 1879 - 1955
Leaves of Morya’s Garden: Book One (The Call) (1924)
— Ian Stewart British mathematician and science fiction author 1945
Fonte: The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World
„Cosmogony – the mythological understanding of the emergence of order. There's a chaos out of which order emerges.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
„When intensively practicing insight, your first priority should be given to it, with the understanding that insight is the essential cause of liberation. … You should not interrupt it for a minute or even a second.“
— Mahasi Sayadaw Burmese Buddhist philosopher 1904 - 1982
Fonte: Manual of Insight (1945), p. 70
„Handel is so great and so simple that no one but a professional musician is unable to understand him.“
— George Frideric Handel German, later British Baroque composer 1685 - 1759
Samuel Butler Notebooks (2004) p. 153.
„College education tends to make simple things complicated and hard to understand. What we should do is to teach our children the most essential and simple principles of life and ways to handle problems.“
— Zheng Yuanjie Chiese writer 1955
Zheng Yuanjie (2004) in: "Zheng Yuanjie's 19 years in fairy tales" on chinadaily.com.cn, May 10, 2004 ( online http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-05/10/content_329434.htm).
„We should continue to use simple models where they capture enough of the core underlying structure and incentives that they usefully predict outcomes. When the world we are trying to explain and improve, however, is not well described by a simple model, we must continue to improve our frameworks and theories so as to be able to understand complexity and not simply reject it.“
— Elinor Ostrom American political economist 1933 - 2012
Elinor Ostrom (2009) "Nobel Prize Lecture", December 8.
„In many cases it is a matter for decision and not a simple matter of fact whether x understands y; and so on.“
— John Rogers Searle American philosopher 1932
Minds, Brains and Programs (1980)
„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.
„If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter.“
— Margaret Mead American anthropologist 1901 - 1978
Fonte: 1970s, p. 252-253
„The role of religion is to integrate the Cosmology and the Morality, to render the cosmological narrative so rich and compelling that it elicits our allegiance and our commitment to its emergent moral understandings.“
— Ursula Goodenough, livro The Sacred Depths of Nature
Fonte: The Sacred Depths of Nature (1998), p. xiv
Contexto: The role of religion is to integrate the Cosmology and the Morality, to render the cosmological narrative so rich and compelling that it elicits our allegiance and our commitment to its emergent moral understandings. As each culture evolves, a unique Cosmos and Ethos appear in its co-evolving religion. For billions of us, back to the first humans, the stories, ceremonies, and art associated with our religions-of-origin are central to our matrix.
I stand in awe of these religions. I am deeply enmeshed in one of them myself. I have no need to take on the contradictions or immiscibilities between them, any more that I would quarrel with the fact that Scottish bagpipes coexist with Japanese tea ceremonies.
„Many sects, many denominations, many beliefs, many persecutions, many conflicts and upheavals have been created by misinterpretations. Now, Christ reveals the consummate message in the simple words he spoke to an ancient people in a less-advanced age of civilization. Read, understand, and feel Christ speaking to you through this "Second Coming" bible, urging you to be redeemed by realization of the true "Second Coming," the resurrection within you of the Infinite Christ Consciousness.“
— Paramahansa Yogananda Yogi, a guru of Kriya Yoga and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship 1893 - 1952
„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
„We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.“
— P. D. James, livro The Children of Men
The Children of Men (1992)
— Josemaría Escrivá Spanish theologian 1902 - 1975
The Furrow (1986)
„Why is honesty so vital? Because where honesty and integrity are present, other virtues follow. … Men and women of integrity understand intrinsically that theirs is the precious right to hold their heads in the sunlight of truth, unashamed before anyone. Embodied within this simple principle and character trait rests the foundational virtue of every person and of every society.“
— Gordon B. Hinckley, livro Standing for Something
Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes.
„Jailer: You understand my position, sir, there's nothing I can do; I'm a plain, simple man and just want to keep out of trouble.
More: Oh, Sweet Jesus! These plain, simple men!“
— Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons (1960)