— Studs Terkel American author, historian and broadcaster 1912 - 2008
„What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.“
— Samuel Gompers American Labor Leader[AFL] 1850 - 1924
The Shoe workers' journal, Volume 16 (1915) p. 4
— William James Mayo American surgeon 1861 - 1939
Speech before a gathering of physicians (circa 1922) http://books.google.com/books?id=qYIHAAAAMAAJ&q=%22a+specialist+is+a+man+who+knows+more+and+more+about+less+and+less%22&pg=PA35#v=onepage
„Philosophers are people who know less and less about more and more, until they know nothing about everything. Scientists are people who know more and more about less and less, until they know everything about nothing.“
— Konrad Lorenz Austrian zoologist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1973. 1903 - 1989
— Robert T. Kiyosaki American finance author , investor 1947
— Christoph Martin Wieland German writer, poet and publisher 1733 - 1813
"Neujahrswunsch", in Der Teutsche Merkur (January 1774) p. 4; translation from The Quote…Unquote Newsletter (October 1997) p. 3. The phrase "Less is more" was later used by Robert Browning, and by Mies van der Rohe.
— Buckminster Fuller American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist 1895 - 1983
Less is more is often misattributed to Fuller or to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and it has become a prominent motto for minimalist philosophies. It was actually used much earlier in Robert Browning's "Andrea del Sarto" (1855), and the similar German phrase "minder ist oft mehr" by Christoph Martin Wieland in Der Teutsche Merkur (1774). The expression "... doing more with less" is part of Fuller's definition of Ephemeralization https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephemeralization.
„Even the richest, the most superb. They continue to offer themselves. Indeed, their life is no more than a perpetual whoredom, more or less decorative, more or less seedy, more or less affected, sumptuous, pretentious. “
— Louis-ferdinand Céline French writer 1894 - 1961
„All is more or less proper to serve as a common measure, in proportion as it is more or less in general use, of a more similar quality, and more easy to be divided into aliquot parts.“
— Anne Robert Jacques Turgot French economist 1727 - 1781
Context: All is more or less proper to serve as a common measure, in proportion as it is more or less in general use, of a more similar quality, and more easy to be divided into aliquot parts. All is more or less applicable for the purpose of a general pledge of exchange, in proportion as it is less susceptible of decay or alteration in quantity or quality. § 39
„Patriotism requires less and less of making the eagle scream, but more and more of making him think.“
— Aldo Leopold American writer and scientist 1887 - 1948
"The Home Builder Conserves" ; Published in The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays by Aldo Leopold, Susan L. Flader and J. Baird Callicott (eds.) 1991, p. 147.
„The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.“
— Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
Help for the Starving, Pt. III (January 1892)