“To Know What to Leave Out and What to Put in…Is To Have Been Educated in Knowledge of Simplicity.”

“To know what to leave out and what to put in; just where and just how, ah, that is to have been educated in knowledge of simplicity — toward ultimate freedom of expression.”
— Frank Lloyd Wright

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  • Nice quote. I’m a huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright’s…

  • Anthony M Oneill

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  • gilda

    Es muy bueno decir ,y comentar sobre hacer, ser justos incluso hablar de calculos del amor,si no tiene q trabajr la mente, el pensar de aquel ser inferior ,como uno el q no tuvo ,ni nacio con talento o …….. superioridad de mente ? vivir bien ? es tener todo exito ,y despues de satisfacer desde cuna ,el probar todo tocar el cielo ,llegar a viejo y escribir ,facil:nunca a sabido del dolor ajeno ni acomprendido q nacimos para vivir con lo q tenemos o sea casi nada,digo casi ,pues vivo,con carencias ,me molesta q escriban de felicidad si tiene de todo obvio ,me pasaria lo mismo, seria muy muy feliz.El dinero ,ayuda mucho en la felicidad ,pedir y ayudar es de lo q revivimos dia a dia la clase mediocre,como uno ,salario minimo,piel mente,fisico ,generacion cuna ,familia ,clase SOCIAL imprtante .eso nos divide SR .escriban sobre lafelicidad del pobre ,no del rico .gracias .

  • Fantastic quote. You hear similar principles applied to fashion (which is its own form of architecture)….Dress to the nines, then glance in the mirror and REMOVE the first thing that catches your eye.

  • Ah, this quote is awesome for any part of our life. Knowing what to put in, and, what to take out! I am going to remember this!
    Are you too busy to be yourself?

  • Bingo Ridley

    To know what to leave out and what to put in; just where and just how; that is knowledge of simplicity and freedom of expression.

  • Love this! Also what to leave well alone and what to pursue. Choices that make or unmake us. Thanks Gretchen, always great ideas!