„4667. The more, the merrier; the fewer, the better Cheer.“

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Thomas Fuller (writer)422
British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
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„That is better and more valuable which requires fewer“

—  Robert Grosseteste English bishop and philosopher 1175 - 1253
Context: That is better and more valuable which requires fewer, other circumstances being equal, just as that demonstration is better, other circumstances being equal, which necessitates the answering of a smaller number of questions for a perfect demonstration or requires a smaller number of suppositions and premises from which the demonstration proceeds. For if one thing were demonstrated from many and another thing from fewer equally known premisses, clearly that is better which is from fewer because it makes us know quickly, just as a universal demonstration is better than particular because it produces knowledge from fewer premises. Similarly in natural science, in moral science, and in metaphysics the best is that which needs no premisses and the better that which needs the fewer, other circumstances being equal. i. 17, f. 17<sup>vb</sup>

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„The fewer the words, the better the prayer.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

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„Wilders: Do you want more or fewer Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?
Public: Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!
Wilders: We'll take care of that.“

—  Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963
During a party after municipal elections ( video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaRxCHXuoLA) (19 March 2014), quoted in Aljazeera: Dutch far-right in crisis over Wilders chant (22 March 2014) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/03/dutch-far-right-crisis-over-wilders-chant-2014322143319384578.html

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„The less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
Context: The less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.

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„As I grew older my lectures became simpler; I tried to say fewer things and to say them better, with more humanity. This book“

—  George Sarton American historian of science 1884 - 1956
Context: As I grew older my lectures became simpler; I tried to say fewer things and to say them better, with more humanity. This book continues in a different way the same evolution, but it is not yet as simple as I would have liked to have made it. Preface.

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„It is pointless to do with more what can be done with fewer.“

—  William of Ockham medieval philosopher and theologian 1287 - 1347
Summa Totius Logicae, i. 12, cited in "Ockham's Razor" by Paul Newall at Galilean Library (25 June 2005) http://www.galilean-library.org/manuscript.php?postid=43832

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„The more important the emotion is, the fewer words required to express it“

—  J. Michael Straczynski American writer and television producer 1954
Context: The more important the emotion is, the fewer words required to express it: Will you go out with me? I think I like you. I care for you. I love you. Marry me. Goodbye. JMSNews (31 January 2008) http://www.jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-17708&topic=Spiderman.

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„Economic growth springs from better recipes, not just from more cooking. New recipes produce fewer unpleasant side effects and generate more economic value per unit of raw material.“

—  Paul Romer American economist 1955
As quoted in "World Bank confirms NYU's Romer as next chief economist" https://www.reuters.com/article/us-worldbank-economist-idUSKCN0ZZ05A Reuters. July 18, 2016.

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„I wish the country had fewer lawyers and more engineers.“

—  Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

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„Not his problem. Fewer and fewer things are.“

—  John Updike American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic 1932 - 2009

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„The mo the merier, we all daie here and sée
Ye, but the fewer the better fare (said hée)“

—  John Heywood English writer known for plays, poems and a collection of proverbs 1497 - 1580
The more the merrier, we all day hear and see You, but the fewer the better fare, said he. Part II, chapter 7.

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