„It is pointless to do with more what can be done with fewer.“
Frustra fit per plura, quod potest fieri per pauciora.

—  William de Ockham, 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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