The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.—Hans Hofmann, quoted in Zen and the Art of Stand-up Comedy (1998)
To understand matters rightly we should understand their details, and as that knowledge is almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect.—François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)
Be pitiful, for every man is fighting a hard battle.—Ian Maclaren, The British Weekly (1898)
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Voltairine de Cleyre (1866–1912) was an American anarchist writer and feminist, prolific in her opposition to the state, marriage, and the domination of religion in sexuality and women's lives. She began her activist career in the freethought movement, initially drawn to individualist anarchism but evolved through mutualism to an "anarchism without adjectives." Emma Goldman described her as "the most gifted and brilliant anarchist woman America ever produced".