Simplicity is a great virtue

“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.”
– Edsger W. Dijkstra

3 thoughts on “Simplicity is a great virtue

  1. That’s an amazing quote. New favorite. I wonder why Dijkstra didn’t make his money selling books of CompSci proverbs

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    • I think Dijkstra did not create the quotes on purpose: he just said what he was thinking :-). On the other end: it would take a lot of good quotes from a single person to make a book too. But I would buy such a book(let) 🙂

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  2. Therefore since brevity is the soul of wit, // And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,….

    William Shakespeare, «The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark»

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