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    Plurality is not to be posited without necessity.
    — William of Ockham
    Entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity.
    — William of Ockham
    Plurality should not be assumed without necessity.
    — William of Ockham
    Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate. A plurality (of reasons) should not be posited without necessity.
    — William of Ockham
    Entities should not be posited unnecessarily.
    — William of Ockham
    Whenever two hypotheses cover the facts, use the simpler of the two.
    — William of Ockham
    tags: facts 
     
    Of two equivalent theories or explanations, all other things being equal, the simpler one is to be preferred.
    — William of Ockham
    First it must be known that only a spoken word or a conventional sign is an equivocal or univocal term; therefore a mental contentor concept is, strictly speaking, neither equivocal nor univocal.
    — William of Ockham
    tags: mental 
     
    Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity.
    — William of Ockham
    3 is a prime, 5 is a prime, and 7 is a prime. Why bother with non-prime numbers when the primes can do everything?
    — William of Ockham
    Intuitive cognition of a thing is cognition that enables us to know whether the thing exists or does not exist, in such a way that, if the thing exists, then the intellect immediately judges that it exists and evidently knows that it exists, unless the judgment happens to be impeded through the imperfection of this cognition.
    — William of Ockham
    Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.
    — William of Ockham
    When you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.
    — William of Ockham
    Simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones.
    — William of Ockham
    tags: complex 
     
    What can be explained by the assumption of fewer things is vainly explained by the assumption of more things.
    — William of Ockham
    No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary.
    — William of Ockham
    It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.
    — William of Ockham
    With all things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.
    — William of Ockham
    tags: right 
     
    God's existence cannot be deduced by reason alone.
    — William of Ockham
    tags: existence  alone  god 
     
    My God is the green tide in the spring leaves the redness of cherries high in the air the excitement of shooting stars the song of birds in summer branches the sunrise on a winter's morning the name of everything we don't understand.
    — William of Ockham
    tags: star  winter  summer  song  god 
     
    Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem
    — William of Ockham
    For nothing ought to be posited without a reason given, unless it is self-evident (literally, known through itself) or known by experience or proved by the authority of Sacred Scripture.
    — William of Ockham
    The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct.
    — William of Ockham
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