„Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.“

—  Confucio

Attributed on the internet but not found in print prior to an attribution in Aero Digest, Vols. 58–59, 1949, p. 115 https://books.google.com/books?id=q2ofAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22Life+is+simple%22+but+we+insist+on+making+it+complicated&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22Life+is+simple%22+
Misattributed, Not Chinese

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Filósofo chinês -551 - -479 a.C.

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„Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.“

—  Charles Mingus American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader 1922 - 1979

Statement in Mainliner (July 1977), as quoted in Creativity and the writing process (1982) by Olivia Bertagnolli, p. 182; also partly quoted in Survival Skills for Managers (1981) by Marlene Wilson, p. 19
Variant: Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.
As quoted in The Evaluation and Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (1999) by Nils R. Varney and Richard J. Roberts, p. 303
Contexto: My son's a painter. All through school his teachers tell him he's a genius. I tell him to paint me an apple that looks like and apple before he paints me one that doesn't. Go where you can go, but start from someplace recognizable. Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

„A simple box is really a complicated thing.“

—  Donald Judd artist 1928 - 1994

Box of delights http://www.newstatesman.com/node/147350, NewStatesman.com, 23 February 2004
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„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).

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„The Simple Life is the last refuge of complicated and restless souls.“

—  John Buchan, livro A Lodge in the Wilderness

Fonte: A Lodge in the Wilderness (1906), Ch. I, p. 22

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„That my complicated life could be made so simple was astounding.“

—  Cheryl Strayed, livro Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

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„If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.“

—  John Von Neumann Hungarian-American mathematician and polymath 1903 - 1957

Remark made by von Neumann as keynote speaker at the first national meeting of the Association for Computing Machinery in 1947, as mentioned by Franz L. Alt at the end of "Archaeology of computers: Reminiscences, 1945--1947", Communications of the ACM, volume 15, issue 7, July 1972, special issue: Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Association for Computing Machinery, p. 694.

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„The most complicated skill is to be simple.“

—  Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959

Simplicity http://www.poetrysoup.com/famous/poem/21390/Simplicity
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„But of all these principles ours is the most simple; by the others we should be led into the most complicated calculations.“

—  Carl Friedrich Gauss German mathematician and physical scientist 1777 - 1855

Theoria motus corporum coelestium in sectionibus conicis solem ambientum (1809) Tr. Charles Henry Davis as Theory of the Motion of the Heavenly Bodies moving about the Sun in Conic Sections http://books.google.com/books?id=cspWAAAAMAAJ& (1857)
Contexto: The principle that the sum of the squares of the differences between the observed and computed quantities must be a minimum may, in the following manner, be considered independently of the calculus of probabilities. When the number of unknown quantities is equal to the number of the observed quantities depending on them, the former may be so determined as exactly to satisfy the latter. But when the number of the former is less than that of the latter, an absolutely exact agreement cannot be obtained, unless the observations possess absolute accuracy. In this case care must be taken to establish the best possible agreement, or to diminish as far as practicable the differences. This idea, however, from its nature, involves something vague. For, although a system of values for the unknown quantities which makes all the differences respectively less than another system, is without doubt to be preferred to the latter, still the choice between two systems, one of which presents a better agreement in some observations, the other in others, is left in a measure to our judgment, and innumerable different principles can be proposed by which the former condition is satisfied. Denoting the differences between observation and calculation by A, A’, A’’, etc., the first condition will be satisfied not only if AA + A’ A’ + A’’ A’’ + etc., is a minimum (which is our principle) but also if A4 + A’4 + A’’4 + etc., or A6 + A’6 + A’’6 + etc., or in general, if the sum of any of the powers with an even exponent becomes a minimum. But of all these principles ours is the most simple; by the others we should be led into the most complicated calculations.

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—  Pamela Aidan, livro These Three Remain

Fonte: These Three Remain

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„Simple and complicated, as most true things are.“

—  David Levithan, livro Every Day

Variante: It’s as simple as that. Simple and complicated, as most true things are.
Fonte: Every Day

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