77 Ideas to Simplify Content from Einstein, da Vinci, Shakespeare, Chopin, Thoreau and More
Here are 77 ideas to help you simplify content.
Do you think experts are working overtime to make content marketing seem more and more complicated? I do.
Focus on fundamentals to make your content simple and great!
Here are 77 quotes about simple content I’ve collected over the years.
These words come from my heroes of simplicity: content kings like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, George Orwell, Woody Guthrie, Will Rogers, and Dr. Seuss. Plus content queens like Gertrude Stein, Ann Handley, and Kristina Halvorsen.
These simple ideas for your content marketing are totally worth stealing!
Keeping It Simple
“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”
“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”
“Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.”
Martin H. Fischer
“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
“The trouble with so many of us is that we underestimate the power of simplicity.”
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
“If you can’t explain it to a 6-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.”
“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
“Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.”
“Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.”
Neil Degrasse Tyson
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
General Colin Powell
“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
“Why simple? Writing that lacks simplicity reveals thinking that lacks understanding.”
Shane A. Parrish
“I try to write using ordinary words and simple sentences. That kind of writing is easier to read, and the easier something is to read, the more deeply readers will engage with it. The less energy they expend on your prose, the more they’ll have left for your ideas.”
“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.”
“Pure, holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh.”
Francis of Assisi
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.”
“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.”
Focus On Keeping It Short
“Speak concisely, say much in few words.”
“I try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip.”
“If you can’t write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don’t have a clear idea.”
“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.”
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
Henry David Thoreau
“He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.”
“He that uses many words for explaining any subject, doth, like the cuttlefish, hide himself for the most part in his own ink.”
“The letter I have written today is longer than usual because I lacked the time to make it shorter.”
More on Keeping it short
“When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.”
“If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.”
“Style means the right word. The rest matters little.”
“Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.”
Hunter S. Thompson
Less is more.
“Less is more.”
“The best sentence? The shortest.”
“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”
“As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out.”
“Be grateful for every word you can cut.”
“Men of few words are the best men.”
“One should use common words to say uncommon things.”
“Sharpen your message until it’s laser-sharp.”
“It’s a bandwidth issue: The more we reduce the amount of information in an idea, the stickier it will be.”
Chip Heath & Dan Heath
“It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.”
“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.”
Antoine de Saint Exupéry
“Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.”
“If you ever hear yourself saying, ‘I think I understand this,’ that means you don’t.”
“One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.”
Choosing Simple Words
“Don’t use words too big for the subject.”
“I love words but I don’t like strange ones. You don’t understand them and they don’t understand you. Old words is like old friends, you know ’em the minute you see ’em.”
“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge. Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words when short are best of all.”
“Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific term, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.”
“Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters. A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who instead of aiming a single stone at an object takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.”
“The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.”
“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”
William Strunk and E. B. White
“When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully.”
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
“Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.”
“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone.”
“A message is like a baton. It needs to be handed from person to person to person. If it gets dropped, it’s not persuasive.”
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.”
If your content marketing’s getting complicated, here are 3 ways to simplify content:
- Simplify your content marketing strategy with a 1-page strategy.
- Simplify your message with a 1-page Message Map.
- Simplify your writing with global English.
Want to simplify content marketing? We’re ready to help you. Write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you enjoyed these 77 Ideas to Simplify Content from Einstein, da Vinci & Shakespeare.
To gain blog subscribers, you can: Maximize content value. Minimize user effort. Increase currency and urgency. Create anticipation. Here’s how: 1. Maximize content value...
This is one of the Top 100 Questions that marketers asked in my Fast-Forward Your Content Marketing workshops. Here are 5 ideas on how to build...
Content marketing to capture our most challenging audience is a key concern among content marketers. A marketer from Gogo Air asked, “How to use...