Quotation by Adam Smith

The machines that are first invented to perform any particular movement are always the most complex, and succeeding artists generally discover that, with fewer wheels, with fewer principles of motion, than had originally been employed, the same effects may be more easily produced. The first systems, in the same manner, are always the most complex.
Adam Smith (1723–1790), Scottish economist. "The Principles Which Lead and Direct Philosophical Inquiries," sct. 4, Essays on Philosophical Subjects (1795).

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