Just came across this quote in C.J. Date’s Database Design & Relational Theory, which is a more interesting book than the title might suggest.
“In computing, elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a quality that decides between success and failure.Edsger W. Dijkstra
Watching problems that could have been solved years ago by thoughtful design cascade now one upon the other in the systems at work drives this point home. Spend more time thinking than doing.