Complexity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old complexity quotes, complexity sayings, and complexity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.     

Brian Kernighan

Complexity is the enemy of execution.     

Tony Robbins

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

Alice Munro

The easiest way to cope with complexity is not having it.     

Carlos Gershenson

If complexity doesn't beat you, paradox will.     

Tony Robbins

Complexity begets ambiguity, which yields in all ways to prejudice and avarice. Complication does not so much defeat men as arm them with fancy.     

R. Scott Bakker

Complexity excites the mind, and order rewards it. In the garden, one finds both, including vanishingly small orders too complex to spot, and orders so vast the mind struggles to embrace them.     

Diane Ackerman

There is a point of complexity beyond which a business is no longer manageable.     

Peter Drucker

The complexity of the situation of having a war going on around you and what that delivers to you is that you have to figure out which side to take.     

Jamie Bell

In an age of sophistic over-complexity, simplicity can be useful.     

William Krystol

The complexity of a system is no guarantee of its accuracy.     

John Jordan

Do not be alarmed by simplification, complexity is often a device for claiming sophistication, or for evading simple truths.     

John Kenneth Galbraith

Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.     

Winston Churchill

Complexity – limits competition.     

Seth Klarman

Complexity means distracted effort. Simplicity means focused effort.     

Edward de Bono

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

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.     

Edwin Way Teale

Complexity is not a cause of confusion. It is a result of it.     

Jeff Hawkins

Complexity is the enemy of clarity.     

Andy Stanley

Complexity creates a maze between you and success. Simplicity ensures a clear line of sight.     

Lee J. Colan

Both science and art have to do with ordered complexity.     

Lancelot Law Whyte

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

Kevin Kelly

Complexity and intelligence grow from simplicity, not from greater complexity.     

Brian Eno

Without complexity, there's no intensity.     

Alexandra Adornetto

Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus.     

Edward de Bono

Complexity serves nothing but our ego. Be able to say what you do in a way that people can understand.     

Chris Brogan

The complexity of human relationships is never simple to follow; it is like intricate lacework, but lacework made of steel.     

Mignon G. Eberhart

Complexity has nothing to do with intelligence, simplicity does.     

Lawrence Bossidy

Simplicity takes time, patience & practice. Complexity offers too many excuses for failure.     

Dean Cavanagh

The complexity of the world is so overwhelming and so present to everyone.     

Susan Choi

Out of complexity, find simplicity.     

Albert Einstein

The complexity of the human life becomes double each year.      

Ramesh Kumar Jha

Our complexity is much more likely to lead us astray than any simplicity we may follow.     

Roger Kimball

Complexity assertions have to be part of the interface.     

Alexander Stepanov

You cannot reduce the complexity of a given task beyond a certain point. Once you've reached that point, you can only shift the burden around.     

Larry Tesler

The right amount of complexity is what creates the optimal simplicity.     

David Allen

Complexity is acceptable as long as it is intelligible and necessary. We want to avoid needless complications.     

Donald A. Norman

Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.     

Richard Branson

In complexity, it is only simplicity that can be interesting.     

Steven Weinberg

The complex develops out of the simple.      

Colin Wilson

Failing to grapple with complexity actually turns out to be a pretty bad life strategy.     

John Green

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.     

Christopher Alexander

Human complexity can be conquered with calmness.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Complexity is the main enemy of security.      

Niels Ferguson

Complexity can be a trap. You can have a ball developing a phrase, inverting it, playing it in different keys and times and all. But it's really more introspective than communicative. Like a crossword puzzle compared to a poem.     

Paul Desmond

The love of complexity without reductionism makes art; the love of complexity with reductionism makes science.     

E. O. Wilson