Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. ~ Edsger Dijkstra
The enemies of simplicity are multiplicity and duplicity.
Multiplicity is a life marked by ambivalence - pulled and pushed. When we live a life of multiplicity, we both desire intimacy with God, and flee from it. We long to be generous, but we hoard and covet. We sometimes attempt to be servants and sometimes are driven by arrogance and self-serving. Even the Apostle Paul faced this struggle: "I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate."
Duplicity adds a note of falsehood. In duplicity there is a discrepancy between the reasons we give for doing something and the real reasons why we are doing it. ~ John Ortberg, The Life You Have Always Wanted
We must begin with thanksgiving for everything. The beginning of joy is to be content with your situation. ~ St. Ambrose of Optina
Exiled from Paradise, we must become exiles from this world if we hope to return. ~ Hieromonk Seraphim Rose