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The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
  --Hans Hofmann, painter (1880-1966)

P.630 - §3 (55:5.6)   [The Spheres of Light and Life]  Life is refreshingly simple; man has at last co-ordinated a high state of mechanical development with an inspiring intellectual attainment and has overshadowed both with an exquisite spiritual achievement. The pursuit of happiness is an experience of joy and satisfaction.

P.1392 - §8 (126:5.1)  Gradually Jesus and his family returned to the simple life of their earlier years. Their clothes and even their food became simpler. They had plenty of milk, butter, and cheese. In season they enjoyed the produce of their garden, but each passing month necessitated the practice of greater frugality.

P.1589 - §5 (141:3.4)  [The Master] He was simple, manly, honest, and fearless.

P.1672 - §3 (149:2.14)  Multitudes would follow him for weeks, just to hear his gracious words and behold his simple life.

    Hans Hofmann (March 21, 1880 – February 17, 1966) was a German-born American abstract expressionist painter. Hofmann was born in Weißenburg, Bavaria on March 21, 1880, the son of Theodor and Franziska Hofmann. When he was six he moved with his family to Munich. Here his father took a job with the government.
    Starting at a young age, Hofmann gravitated towards science and mathematics. At age sixteen, he started work with the Bavarian government as assistant to the director of Public Works where he was able to increase his knowledge of mathematics. He went on to develop and patent such devices as the electromagnetic comptometer, a radar device for ships at sea, a sensitized light bulb, and a portable freezer unit for military use. Even with such great abilities in science and mathematics, Hofmann became interested in creative studies, beginning educational art training after the death of his father.
    In 1932 he immigrated to the United States, where he resided until the end of his life.