When a man is made wholly of the dove, without the least grain of the serpent in his composition, he becomes ridiculous in many circumstances, and often discredits his best actions.
Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straightforwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferiors, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer. Be what you say; and, within the rules of prudence, say what you are.
Simplicity is Nature's first step, and the last of Art.
Upright simplicity is the deepest wisdom, and perverse craft the merest shallowness.
Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
If our love were but more simple, we should take Him at his word, and our lives would be all sunshine in the sweetness of the Lord.
The greatest truths are the simplest; and so are the greatest men.
Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.
Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.—Simplicity is in the intention; purity in the affection: simplicity turns to God; purity unites with and enjoys him.
The most agreeable of all companions is a simple, frank man, without any high pretensions to an oppressive greatness—one who loves life, and understands the use of it; obliging alike at all hours; above all, of a golden temper, and steadfast as an anchor. For such an one we gladly exchange the greatest genius, the most brilliant wit, the profoundest thinker.
In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Goodness and simplicity are indissolubly united.—The bad are the most sophisticated, all the world over, and the good the least.
There is a majesty in simplicity which is far above the quaintness of wit.
A childlike mind, in its simplicity, practices that science of good to which the wise may be blind.
He is of a free and open nature that thinks all men honest who but seem to be so, and will as tenderly be led by the nose as asses are.
Whose nature is so far from doing harms that he suspects none.
Simplicity, of all things, is the hardest to be copied.
When thought is too weak to be simply expressed, it is a clear proof that it should be rejected.