Tuesday, September 13, 2016

give simplicity "side of" complexity

I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

And variants (right arm, everything I have; far side; etc., etc.).

     Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.?  I have my doubts.  I wasn't able to turn up so much as a promising initial clue via a Google Books search stripped down to the following:  give simplicity "side of" complexity.  Indeed, it raised suspicions the moment I first encountered it, as the sort of thing one might not even have said before 1935.  After all, wouldn't a construction with something like naiveté (as in the fabled "second naiveté") have come first?  (I could be quite wrong, of course.)

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