Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 11:30:01 -0400
From: "Virginia P. Clark" Virginia.Clark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: dumb question, I'm really sorry
At this point in the discussion of who said "Less is more," it may be
helpful to quote the lines from Browning's "Andrea Del Sarto" that were
given as the source in the first reply:
You do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter)--so much less!
Well, LESS IS MORE, Lucrezia: I am judged. [emphasis added]
I rather enjoyed reading some Browning again, although it took me a while
to remember where I'dd put Romantic period books.
James Arthurs writes,
|Duane Campbell wrote: "Who said, 'Less is more'?"
|Alan Baragona replied: "Believe it or not, my hardback Bartlett's
|to Hesiod: 'Fools, they do not even know how much more is the half than
I do not understand what the Browning quote has to do with the Campbell
question: it may express, by implication, a notion akin to that of "Less is
more" but it does not correspond to it textually, obviously. So, what
matter that Browning said what he said?
As the context above makes clear, the quote is attributed to Hesiod;
Browning's line was 'Less is more'.
For my part, I do not know with any certainty who said, 'Less is more'
immediate reaction to the question was "Buckminster Fuller".
Any further offers?
As noted, the line was Browning's, from "Andrea del Sarto" (1855), whence the
equally memorable "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp/Or what's a
heaven for?". My Bartlett's also includes that same troublesome Hesiod
reference, as well as a Lessing line "Not so honest would be more honest",
it also notes of "Less is more" that it was "a popular aphorism with the
architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe." --Larry