Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Simple ... simplified... simplicity...

There is a certain majesty in simplicity.
           .....Alexander Pope    


Simplicity is that grace which frees the soul
 from all unnecessary reflections upon itself.
     .... Fénelon


Her head was bare;
But for her native ornament of hair;
Which in a simple knot was tied above,
Sweet negligence, unheeded bait of love!
     ....Ovid 


Plain living and high thinking.
        .....Wordsworth


In character, in manners, in style, in all things, 
the supreme excellence is simplicity
         ....Longfellow


There are certain occasions when, in art, 
simplicity is an audacious originality
      .... Achilles Poincelot


It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated; 
far more difficult to sacrifice skill and cease exertion 
in the proper place, than to expend both indiscriminately
          .....Ruskin


The world could not exist if it were not simple. 
This ground has been tilled a thousand years, 
yet its powers remain ever the same; a little rain, 
a little sun, and each spring it grows green again.
                    .....Goethe.    


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Been meditating A LOT on this topic lately.
(Is that irony?)
The sheer brilliance (and naked truth) of an 
idea that has no pretense.
The notion of nothingness and what arises when the mind
is clear and void of crappy clutter.
The opportune delight that is a day is fresh without mistakes.
Ready to be filled with something... but what?

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How are you all peoples?
How has the week treated you?
How have you treated the week?
Are a you a simple or a complicated being?
What are your weekend plans?
Mine...

Mandarin picking, baking, cooking, cleaning out
a chicken coop, writing long overdue snail mail
and hopefully ... more rain.



4 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello:
What absolutely charming images, combined with thought provoking quotations, are included in this beautifully presented post which is a joy to look at and read.

Such a shame, possibly, that the weekend's chores include cleaning out the chicken coop - somewhat less uplifting, but doubtless necessary!!

Neesie said...

A beautiful post today on so many levels...the simplicity of the images...simply sublime with wonderful quotes. Truly inspiring.

A busy week coming to a close here but I managed to get lots of art work in the mix, so I'm happy :D
Date night tomorrow too ~ whoohoo!
Some people would say I'm simple but they're just being unkind! (LOL)
Have wonderful weekend ~ enjoy... other than the coop cleaning obviously!

laurie said...

such a beautiful post, I'm a pared down simplified person, first by force now by choice,

In My Wild Eden said...

What a wonderful topic and such lovely photos. I love the lines- "hair; Which in a simple knot was tied above, Sweet negligence". That is so beautiful!