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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Simon Neil (b. 1979) is a Scottish vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Born in Irvine, he established the band Biffy Clyro in 1995 with James and Ben Johnston. He has also played with JP Reid of Sucioperro in Marmaduke Duke, using the pseudonym "The Atmosphere", and started a solo career.