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    complex Quotes

    Singing connected with movements and action is a much more ancient, and, at the same time, more complex phenomenon than is a simple song.
    — Zoltan Kodaly
    tags: time  action  song  complex 
    I've learned that ayahuasca works in levels, a little like peeling an onion. It is complex and something you really have to experience to understand.
    — Zoe Helene
    tags: work  experience  complex 
    China's economy became more complex. By now there is a large number of small- and medium-sized companies that work quite differently from big, state-owned enterprises. They don't follow any long-term business plan and don't rent office space for years to come. They start out and need an office right away, for a week, a month or half a year, and they want to be among other entrepreneurs like themselves.
    — Zhang Xin
    The Sunnis continue to see themselves, possibly for nostalgic reasons, as the most influential group and want a stronger central government - quite unlike minorities in other countries. The circumstances here are far more complex than many people in Washington imagine.
    — Zalmay Khalilzad
    I'd like to be able to do complex math in my head. Any kind of adversity and I become very anxious, but if you're a robot, you have good equilibrium. I wish I was cooler under pressure, like a robot.
    — Zach Woods
    I started working with synthesizer players, and I had to find new instruments. I needed a more complex sound, so I went to a surplus place and got a bunch of hard plastic stuff and stainless steel stuff, and that stuff worked. So from that point on, from the 70s on, I've made instruments.
    — Z'EV
    tags: complex 
    Mastery... is to work toward simplicity; replace complex technology with knowledge, hard work, and skill.
    — Yvon Chouinard
    The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life; it's so easy to make it complex.
    — Yvon Chouinard
    tags: world  complex 
    A statue of Apollo in a museum does not seem naked, but attach a tie to its neck and it will strike us as indecent ... The text is one of the components of an artistic work, albeit an extremely important component ... But the artistic effect as a whole arises from comparisons of the text with a complex set of ontological and ideological esthetic ideas.
    — Yuri Lotman
    tags: work  ideas  complex 
    Certain supplementary restrictions imposed on the text compel us to perceive it as poetry. As soon as one assigns a given text to the category of poetry, the number of meaningful elements in it acquires the capacity to grow and the system of their combinations also becomes more complex.
    — Yuri Lotman
    tags: poetry  complex 
    Artistic simplicity is more complex than artistic complexity for it arises via the simplification of the latter and against its backdrop or system.
    — Yuri Lotman
    I know the Russian political elite has got used to the Ukraine suffering from an inferiority complex, but I want this to disappear from our relationship.
    — Yulia Tymoshenko
    The Beatles were a group made up of four very complex men, and my small hand could not have broken these men up.
    — Yoko Ono
    tags: men  broken  complex 
    I started to notice that simpleness is divine. I think we all start trying to use very complex harmonies and rhythms and all that because of a certain kind of ambition. But I was always trying to create something simple.
    — Yoko Ono
    Children are the boldest philosophers. They enter life naked, not covered by the smallest fig leaf of dogma, absolutes, creeds. This is why every question they ask is so absurdly naïve and so frighteningly complex.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    The highly complex, almost mathematical, nature of music creates for it an ironclad protection against the microbes of dilletantism, which penetrate much more easily into the fields of painting, literature, and the theater.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    Dogma, static positions, consonance - all these are obstacles to catching the disease of art, at least in its more complex forms.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    tags: complex 
    By complex ways, by looking deep into the dark well of the human soul, full of filth, somewhere at the very bottom of it Chekhov at last found his faith. And this faith turned out to be faith in man, in the power of human progress. And man became his god.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    tags: men  power  human  soul  dark  progress  god  faith  complex 
    The most fatal mistake of this Israeli military junta is that they have the complex of the arrogance of power. This is their suicidal mistake.
    — Yasser Arafat
    Human beings are very complex creatures. This desire, this greed, this love is very complex.
    — Yash Chopra
    tags: desires  human  greed  complex 
    The mother-daughter relationship is the most complex.
    — Wynonna Judd
    The ordinary literary man, even though he be an eminent historian, is ill-fitted to be a mentor in affairs of government. For...things are for the most part very simple in books, and in practical life very complex.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    tags: men  government  book  complex 
    What we call matter is only a complex of energies which we find together in the same place.
    — Wolfgang Ostwald
    tags: energy  complex 
    Mountaineering is a complex and unique way of life, interweaving elements of sport, art and mysticism. Success or failure depends on the ebb and flow of immense inspiration. Detecting a single rule governing this energy is difficult - it arises and vanishes like the urge to dance and remains as mysterious as the phenomenon of life itself.
    — Wojciech Kurtyka
    I had this big complex because I didn't go to college. There was a whole era where I got linked to everybody. People that I had never met. I was like, "How? I'm home alone reading chapter 12 of a book."
    — Winona Ryder
    Tips can make someone a better writer but not necessarily a good writer. That's a larger package - a matter of character. Golfing is more than keeping the left arm straight. Every good golfer is a complex engine that runs on ability, ego, determination, discipline, patience, confidence, and other qualities that are self-taught. So it is with writers and all creative artists. If their values are solid their work is likely to be solid.
    — William Zinsser
    Mysteries simply are a feast for an active mind. And while in my lifetime I've seen science make extraordinary inroads into solving the most complex questions of life, after all this time I admit that I am thrilled that there are some things that forever will remain a mystery. For example, do I wear a toupee?
    — William Shatner
    Even one word, or certainly one sentence, should be able to describe the basic characteristic that the scene has, or the character has, or the story has. And then you begin to detail that one spine, and you have offshoots from that spine, and it becomes more and more complex, but all of it stems from that one-word, one-line theme, which can give the character, the scene, or the play its uniqueness.
    — William Shatner
    What is important is that complex systems, richly cross-connected internally, have complex behaviours, and that these behaviours can be goal-seeking in complex patterns.
    — William Ross Ashby
    tags: complex 
    Simpler explanations are, other things being equal, generally better than more complex ones.
    — William of Ockham
    tags: complex 
    We know by now that if we make technology the predestined force in our lives, man will walk to the measure of its demands. We know how leveling that influence can be, how easy it is to computerize man and make him a servile thing in a vast industrial complex. . . . This means we must subject the machine - technology - to control and cease despoiling the earth and filling people with goodies merely to make money.
    — William O. Douglas
    And to use something as elegant as a tree? Imagine this design assignment: Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, makes complex sugars and foods, changes colors with the seasons, and self-replicates. and then why don't we knock that down and write on it?
    — William McDonough
    tags: food  water  write  complex  imagine 
    Genes are not simple triggers. No one is hardwired to commit murder or any other crime. Our actions are always the result of stupendously complex gene-environment interactions, and environment is likely to remain the more important influence by far.
    — William Landay
    The ecology of the valley was complex beyond our understanding, and it began to die as we went on manipulating it in ever more frantic ways. As it went dead and empty of the old life it became a place where no one wanted to live. In our right minds we want to seek out places that reek of complexity. Our drive to industrialize soured and undercut the intimacies that drew most people to country life in the first place.
    — William Kittredge
    It is our duty to preserve huge tracts of land in something resembling its native condition. The biological interactions necessary to insure the continuities of life are astonishingly complex, and cannot take place in islands of semiwilderness like the national parks.
    — William Kittredge
    tags: complex 
    An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed by the labours and struggles of our forefathers, which enables us to breathe amid the various and complex circumstances of our life.
    — William Kingdon Clifford
    tags: belief  struggle  complex 
    An atom must be at least as complex as a grand piano.
    — William Kingdon Clifford
    tags: complex 
    American cities are kind of difficult contexts to work in. They are politically complex. There are a lot of different interest groups. It takes immense political skill to get anything done at all.
    — William J. Mitchell
    I did a lot of work on energy efficiency at the White House. By the time I left we had taken the equivalent of six hundred cars a year off the road in reduced greenhouse gas emissions just in the White House complex.
    — William J. Clinton
    tags: time  work  energy  complex  year 
    The planets are not hunks of stuff out there but nodes of vibration that resonate in multiple dimensions that enfold themselves into one another in patterns of complex recursiveness in which Sun, Moon, and Saturn are also modalities of Earth.
    — William Irwin Thompson
    tags: earth  moon  complex 
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