Good passwords CAN be easy!
I train my users to create 12+ character passwords based on easy to recall sentences, often movie quotes. Use first one or two characters of each word, capital at the start, add punctuation at the end. The user does not have to remember the actual password, but types it in as they run through the sentence. It lets low-skilled users reliably use passwords like Tharthedryolofo! Find THAT in a dictionary!
Tharthedryoulofo! comes from THese ARen't THe DRoids YOu're LOoking FOr
or Drandikewe13 - DRunk ANd DIsorderly KEy WEst 13 (for 2013)
Yes, good passwords CAN be easy to create and recall, IF you use a good system. This one's working a charm for our users, but I'm sure there are others. Anyone?