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Complexity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Complexity

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I think complexity is mostly sort of crummy stuff that
is there because it's too expensive to change the interface.
- Jaron Lanier

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The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
- Scott Turow

From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend
the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible.
- Abdus Salam

 

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down -
there have only been three or four SF movies in the
history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
- Dan Simmons

We have a picture for how complexity arises,
because if the universe is computationally capable,
maybe we shouldn't be so surprised that things are
so entirely out of control.
- Seth Lloyd

The complexity of things - the things within things -
just seems to be endless.
I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.
- Alice Munro

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Afghan society is very complex, and Afghanistan has a very complex culture.
Part of the reason it has remained unknown is because of this complexity.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Complexity that works is built up out of modules that work perfectly,
layered one over the other.
- Kevin Kelly

Everything from airplanes to kitchen blenders and even
chopsticks comes with an instruction manual.
Children, despite all their complexity,
do not.
- Lawrence Kutner

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
- Douglas Horton

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- Alan Perlis

I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity,
diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

I don't really have preferred roles except those with some complexity.
- Richard Roxburgh

I love to work.
I love to have complexity.
- Mary McDonnell

The complexity of the emotional life of the play is
what you live to work on.
- Marsha Mason

The orthogonal features, when combined,
can explode into complexity.
- Yukihiro Matsumoto

Armageddon is not around the corner.
This is only what the people of violence want us to believe.
The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.
- Michael Palin

In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
- Christopher Alexander

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

We're all complex human beings, and if some of that
complexity shows through,
I think it's advantageous for the movie.
- Jan de Bont

The Mozilla project is big in terms of lines of code and complexity.
- Mitchell Baker

The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me.
In an effort to understand it, I became a critic.
- Kenneth Tynan

This growth in the number, speed of formation,
permanence, delicacy and complexity of associations
possible for an animal reaches its acme in the case of man.
- Edward Thorndike

The intellectual evolution of the race consists in
an increase in the number,
delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.
- Edward Thorndike

We need to shift the paradigm from reactive technologies
to more integrative solutions that deal with the variety
and complexity of the threats that are out there today.
- John W. Thompson

And so from that, I've always been fascinated with
the idea that complexity can come out of such simplicity.
- Will Wright

Fools ignore complexity.
Pragmatists suffer it.
Some can avoid it.
Geniuses remove it.
- Alan Perlis

The father's greatest folly is that he believes he
can be a much more simple person than he is;
he is not really able to deal with his own complexity as a human being.
- Atom Egoyan

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life,
and the labors of life reduce themselves.
- Edwin Way Teale

My father taught me Basic and rudimentary C,
I learned everything else on my own,
including studying computational complexity on my own.
That's more a function of my age than anything else though -
back when I was in school there were hardly any programming classes.
- Bram Cohen

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process
with no drive to complexity,
not the expected results of evolutionary principles
that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding
the mode of its own necessary construction.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The Tax Code today is more complicated than ever,
and the very people on the Republican side who denounce
the Tax Code's complexity are the ones that put together
what they now call a convoluted monstrosity.
They put it into effect.
- Richard Neal

Human beings, viewed as behaving systems,
are quite simple.
The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is
largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment
in which we find ourselves.
- Herbert Simon

We need a President who is not afraid of complexity,
who believes in an open and tolerant society,
and who knows that the world can be made new again -
and that President is Al Gore.
- Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg

The truly privileged theories are not the ones referring
to any particular scale of size or complexity,
nor the ones situated at any particular level of the predictive hierarchy,
but the ones that contain the deepest explanations.
- David Deutsch

What we call 'evil' doesn't necessarily deserve any
kind of respect or understanding,
by any means; it just deserves an acknowledgement of
its complexity so we can better understand it -
so we can help prevent it.
- Bryan Singer

I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity
in which you can find drama.
Add to that a careful composition of landscapes,
live photography, the right music and interviews with people,
and it becomes a style.
- Ken Burns

It doesn't matter how much you want.
What really matters is how much you want it.
The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter
was much as does the willingness to solve it.
- Ralph Marston

A graphic representation of data abstracted from the
banks of every computer in the human system.
Unthinkable complexity.
Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind,
clusters and constellations of data.
Like city lights, receding.
- William Gibson

Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time,
attention and mental energy.
There is never any justification for things being complex
when they could be simple.
- Edward de Bono

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

Today... maybe I can take one step
on that profoundly complex path to peace.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Inferiority Complex:
a name for not loving yourself enough.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
- Jodie Foster

French is, in many ways, more difficult for an English-speaking person to sing.
It is so full of complex and trying vowels.
It requires the utmost subtlety.
- Alma Gluck

I like poems that are complex.
- Peter Davison

I don't admire Freud as much as some people do.
Imagine Shakespeare being aware of the Oedipal complex when he wrote Hamlet.
It would have been a disaster.
- Nathalie Sarraute

The Connection Machine was the most powerful supercomputer in the world.
It is a complex supercomputer and it will take forever
to completely describe how it works.
- Philip Emeagwali

Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue.
Society as a whole has complex issues to face here:
private ownership vs. open source, and so on.
- Tim Berners-Lee

Global terrorism is extreme both in its lack of realistic
goals and in its cynical exploitation of the vulnerability of complex systems.
- Jurgen Habermas

Life and people are complex.
A writer as an artist doesn't have the personality of a politician.
We don't see the world that simply.
- Joyce Carol Oates

In debate, one randomly was assigned to one side or the other.
This had at least one virtue - it made one see that
there was more than one side to these complex issues.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

I wanted to portray very, very dark subject matter
and a deceptively complex story in the brightest colours
and simplest lines possible to leave the readers reeling.
- Mark Millar

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear -
fear of the unknown,
the complex, the inexplicable.
What he wants above everything else is safety.
- H. L. Mencken

I saw Tequila Sunrise as a romantic picture with complex,
bigger than life characters.
- Conrad Hall

The world has become more complex as technology and
easy travel mixes cultures without homogenizing them.
- Norman Spinrad

The issues surrounding illegal immigration are wide-ranging and complex,
but there is no question about the need to secure our borders.
- Roger Wicker

The way to build a complex system that works is to
build it from very simple systems that work.
- Kevin Kelly

Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins
my blood and numbs my brain,
I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote
wailing to the yellow dawn,
my cares fall from me - I am happy.
- Hamlin Garland

Singing connected with movements and action is a much more ancient,
and, at the same time, more complex phenomenon than is a simple song.
- Zoltan Kodaly

The politicians in this world...
have at their command weapons of mass destruction far
more complex than their own thinking processes.
- Charley Reese

Systems are complex, so controlling an attack and achieving
a desired level of damage may be harder than using physical weapons.
- Dorothy Denning

The man of science, like the man of letters,
is too apt to view mankind only in the abstract,
selecting in his consideration only a single side of
our complex and many-sided being.
- James G. Frazer

We are not a Zappa cover band.
We only play Frank's songs that were recorded by the
Mothers of Invention and I think a lot of those songs were complex.
- Jimmy Carl Black

Clearly, if we'd had the kind of computer graphics
capability then that we have now,
the Star Gate sequence would be much more complex than
flat planes of light and color.
- Douglas Trumbull


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