less is more

1855 R. BROWNING Andrea del Sarto 1. 78 in Poems (1981) I. 645 Well, less is more, Lucrezia: I am judged.

1947 P. JOHNSON Mies van der Rohe 49 As in architecture, [Mies] has always been guided by his personal motto, ‘less is more.’

1984 O. BANKS Caravaggio Obsession III. iii. Anyway, he spent years furnishing it with precious, ornamental works of art. This was in the twenties and thirties, when ‘less is more’ was the golden rule.

1989 Time 20 Feb. 108 What Chiat and his associates seem to be betting on is that there is a mass market of low-income, style-conscious people who have grasped the hip message that less is more.

2001 Washington Times 3 Aug. A17 It was as if the pink flamingos had been taken off a Florida lawn, the sequins off Dolly Parton’s cowgirl costume, the fins off a ’50s Cadillac... There are times when less is blessedly more.


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