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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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Detroit in 1889

A bird's-eye view showing approximately 3 square miles (8 km2) of the central portion of the city of Detroit, Michigan, c. 1889. At this time in the city's history, it was a burgeoning home for manufacturing with expanding city limits. Waves of immigrants, predominantly from Europe, came to Detroit, opening businesses and establishing their own communities. However, infrastructure remained lacking; before 1889, only four of the city's roads were paved.

Lithograph: Calvert Lithographing Company; restoration: Adam Cuerden
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