Quotes About Simplicity

  1. A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  1. A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. Eleanor Roosevelt
  1. A person with taste is merely one who can recognize the greatest beauty in the simplest things. Barbara Taylor Bradford
  1. A place for everything, and everything in its place. Francine Jay (Miss Minimalist)
  1. A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. Victoria Moran
  1. A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Albert Einstein
  1. All goes back to the earth, and so I do not desire pride of excess or power, but the contentments made by men who have had little: the fisherman’s silence receiving the river’s grace, the gardener’s musing on rows. Wendell Berry
  1. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. Winston Churchill
  1. Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures. Tom Peters
  1. An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. Pliny the Elder
  1. Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. Ernst F. Schumacher
  1. Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions. Peace Pilgrim
  1. Architecture has the power to create order out of unholy confusion. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  1. As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art. Albrecht Durer
  1. As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital ‘S’ – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means. Frank Lloyd Wright
  1. As you age, you’ll learn to value your time, genuine relationships, meaningful work, and peace of mind, much more. Little else will matter. Marc and Angel
  1. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. Henry David Thoreau
  1. Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy. Leo Babauta
  1. Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu
  1. Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity. Plato
  1. Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner. Tim Ferriss
  1. Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. Lin Yutang
  1. Best things in life aren’t things. Mike Ness
  1. Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates
  1. But I deal with this meditating and by understanding I’ve been put on the planet to serve humanity. I have to remind myself to live simply and not to overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world. Sandra Cisneros
  1. Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information. Edward Tufte
  1. Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. Andre Gide
  1. Complex things are easy to do. Simplicity’s the real challenge. Robert James Waller
  1. Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus. Edward de Bono
  1. Complexity is impressive, but simplicity is genius. Lance Wallnau
  1. Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple. Richard Branson
  1. Complexity means distracted effort. Simplicity means focused effort. Edward de Bono
  1. Discern the vital few from the trivial many. Greg McKeown
  1. Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things. Noam Chomsky
  1. Do not beat around the bush. Do not take winding detours. Follow a straight line to the objective; simplicity is the shortest distance between two points. Bruce Lee
  1. Don’t confuse having a career with having a life. Hillary Clinton
  1. Don’t forget it: He has most who needs least. Don’t create needs for yourself. St. Josemaría Escrivá
  1. Don’t rush. Go slowly. Be present. Leo Babauta
  1. Eat, drink and love… the rest is not worth a nickel. Lord Byron
  1. Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be. Paulo Coelho
  1. Elegance is elimination. Cristobal Balenciaga
  1. Elegance is refusal. Coco Chanel
  1. Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. D.H. Mondfleur
  1. Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault
  1. Enjoy the simple, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work. Benjamin Hoff
  1. Essentialism […] It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential. Greg McKeown
  1. Essentialism is not about how to get more things done, it’s about how to the get the right things done. Greg McKeown
  1. Essentialism is the art of discerning between external noise and internal voice. Lawton Ursrey
  1. Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter. Greg McKeown
  1. Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. John Ruskin
  1. Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
  1. Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies. Derek Landy
  1. Every time I’m doing something that is not essential, I am giving up on something that is essential. Greg McKeown
  1. Everything is both simpler than we can imagine, and more complicated that we can conceive. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  1. Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it. Robert Brault
  1. Expert: Someone who brings confusion to simplicity. Gregory Nunn
  1. Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours! Swedish Proverb
  1. Find joy in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference to what lies between virtue and vice. Love the human race. Follow the divine. Marcus Aurelius
  1. Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do. John Carmack
  1. For the longest time, I thought I needed to be more organized. Now I know I just needed less stuff. Alysa Bajenaru
  1. Forget sale price. Everything is 100% off when you don’t buy it. Joshua Fields Millburn
  1. Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. Elise Boulding
  1. Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are. Courtney Carver
  1. Give all you can give and take only what you need. The Minimalists
  1. Good design means as little design as possible. Dieter Rams
  1. Greatness of spirit is accompanied by simplicity and sincerity. Aristotle
  1. Growth creates complexity, which requires simplicity. Andy Stanley
  1. Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. William Morris
  1. He is the richest who is content with the least. Socrates
  1. He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates
  1. Here’s a simple solution: Take your expectations and throw them in the ocean. Leo Babauta
  1. Houses are full of things that gather dust. Jack Kerouac
  1. How many things are there which I do not want? Socrates
  1. How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart. William Wordsworth
  1. However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. Henry David Thoreau
  1. I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all. Laura Ingalls Wilder
  1. I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. Henry David Thoreau
  1. I do not think that any civilization can be called complete until it has progressed from sophistication to unsophistication, and made a conscious return to simplicity of thinking and living. Lin Yutang
  1. I don’t need a lot of money. Simplicity is the answer for me. Linda McCartney
  1. I feel that my environment reflects my belief in the grace and art and elegance of living simply. bell hooks
  1. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu
  1. I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. Henry Miller
  1. I have to remind myself to live simply and not overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world. Sandra Cisneros
  1. I just naturally want to do things that make sense. In my personal life too, I don’t care what other rich people are doing. I don’t want a 405 foot boat just because someone else has a 400 foot boat. Warren Buffett
  1. I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty. George Santayana
  1. I live lightly and gracefully, with only the objects I find functional or beautiful. Francine Jay (Miss Minimalist)
  2. I love to go and see all the things I am happy without. Socrates
  1. I think we are in a non-essentialist bubble — everything seems important — so of course nothing is. Greg McKeown
  1. I think we’ve been oversold the value of more and undersold the value of less. Greg McKeown
  1. I walked for a while until I found the water, the most peaceful place I know. There I sat and stayed the whole day, with nothing and everything on my mind, cleaning my head. Silence, I learned, is some times the most beautiful sound. Charlotte Eriksson
  1. I would rather own little and see the world, than own the world and see little of it. Alexander Sattler
  1. I’m not impressed by your looks, money, social status or job title. I’m impressed by the way you treat other human beings. Jim Kwik
  1. I’m one of the least materialistic people that exist, because material possessions don’t mean much to me. They’re beautiful, I enjoy them, they can enhance your life to a certain degree, but they’re ultimately not important. Tom Ford (Famous fashion designer)
  1. I’ve heard my teacher say, where there are machines, there are bound to be machine worries; where there are machine worries, there are bound to be machine hearts. With a machine heart in your breast, you’ve spoiled what was pure and simple; and without the pure and simple, the life of the spirit knows no rest. Zhuangzi
  1. Identify what’s most important to you. Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else. Mark and Angel
  1. If buying stuff hasn’t made you happy, maybe getting rid of it will. Joshua Becker
  1. If everything is important, then nothing is. Patrick M. Lencioni
  1. If it doesn’t matter, get rid of it. Unknown
  1. If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no. Greg McKeown
  1. If these things haven’t delivered on their promises yet, it may be time to let them go. Francine Jay (Miss Minimalist)
  1. If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. Lin Yutang
  1. If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. Albert Einstein
  1. If you don’t have time to do what matters, stop doing things that don’t. Courtney Carver
  1. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. Oprah Winfrey
  1. If you want inner peace find it in solitude, not speed, and if you would find yourself, look to the land from which you came and to which you go. Henry David Thoreau
  1. If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable. Rainer Maria Rilke
  1. Imagine a life with less. Less stuff, less clutter, less stress and debt and discontent. Ryan Nicodemus
  1. In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  1. In everything, love simplicity. Saint Francis de Sales
  1. In order to be a good gatekeeper, you have to think of your house as sacred space, not storage space. Francine Jay (Miss Minimalist)
  1. In simplicity there is truth. River Phoenix
  1. Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth. Mahatma Gandhi
  1. Intentional living and spending leads to more money and freedom. Anthony Ongaro
  1. It could be said of him that while others chased the mirage of happiness, he was happy with being content. Neel Mukherjee
  1. It is a long way back, a long way back, to simplicity, back to the vision with the sun shining upon it, back to my simple soul. Muriel Strode
  1. It is better to be good than to be original. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  1. It is desirable that a man live in all respects so simply and preparedly that if an enemy take the town… he can walk out the gate empty-handed and without anxiety. Henry David Thoreau
  1. It is not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessential. The closer to the source, the less wastage there is. Bruce Lee
  1. It is not difficult to trim and hack off the nonessentials in outward, physical structure. However, to minimize inwardly, is another matter. Bruce Lee
  1. It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. Bertrand Russell
  1. It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. Aristotle
  1. It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature. Laura Ingalls Wilder
  1. It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. Laura Ingalls Wilder
  1. It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. Gary Keller (The One Thing)
  2. It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. William Of Occam
  1. It takes a long time to learn how to do something simple. Marty Rubin
  1. It’s not a good deal if you don’t need it. Unknown
  1. It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau
  2. It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary. Paulo Coelho
  1. Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. Marie Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up)
  1. Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Martin H. Fischer
  2. Less is more. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  1. Less stuff equals more freedom. Maxime Lagacé
  1. Let there be as little materialism as possible, with the maximum of spirituality. Swami Vivekananda
  1. Let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail. Henry David Thoreau
  1. Letting go is even more important than adding. Marie Kondo
  1. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius
  1. Life is simple. You just have to stop trying to figure it out. Marty Rubin
  1. Live simply that others might simply live. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  1. Living simply makes loving simple. Bell Hooks
  1. Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind. Amit Ray
  1. Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. Rabindranath Tagore
  1. Love people, use things. The opposite doesn’t work. Joshua Fields Millburn (The Minimalists)
  1. Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein
  1. Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn’t. Brian Gardner
  1. Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. Charles Mingus
  1. Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need. Thomas Aquinas
  1. Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. Lao Tzu
  1. Materialism and all its miseries can never be conquered by materialism. Swami Vivekananda
  1. Materialism is the only form of distraction from true bliss. Douglas Horton
  1. Men are not great or small because of their material possessions. They are great or small because of what they are. James Cash Penney
  1. Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. Joshua Becker
  1. Minimalism is the pathway to the better life you’ve been searching for all along. Joshua Becker (Check out What is minimalism?)
  1. More good has been accomplished by simple people seeking their own honest ends than by all the philanthropists in history. Robert Brault
  1. More was never the answer. The answer, it turned out, was always less. Cait Flanders
  1. Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. Henry David Thoreau
  1. Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’. Marcus Aurelius
  1. My greatest skill has been to want little. Henry David Thoreau
  1. My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety. Hank Stram
  1. My riches consist, not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. Joseph Brotherton
  1. My task is to simplify and then go deeper, making a commitment to what remains. That’s what I’ve been after. To care and polish what remains till it glows and comes alive from loving care. Sue Bender
  1. Narrowing down our choices means less overwhelm, and more creativity. Courtney Carver
  1. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu
  1. Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty. Richard Feynman
  1. Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. Isaac Newton
  1. Never use a long word when a short one will do. Louisa May Alcott
  1. Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in. Francis Jourdain
  1. One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. Jack Kerouac
  1. One should use common words to say uncommon things. Arthur Schopenhauer
  1. Only great minds can afford a simple style. Stendhal
  1. Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  1. Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. Thomas Mann
  1. Order your soul. Reduce your wants. Augustine of Hippo (This is one of my favorite simplicity quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)
  1. Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes. Oliver Goldsmith
  1. Our greatest illusion is reliance upon the security and permanence of material possessions. We must search for some other coin. John Cudahy
  1. Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau
  1. Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter. Harold Kushner
  1. Own less. Do less. Declutter. Simplify. Unknown
  1. Owning less is great. Wanting less is better. Joshua Becker
  1. Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others. Gerald Jampolsky
  1. People often associate complexity with deeper meaning, when often after precious time has been lost, it is realized that simplicity is the key to everything. Gary Hopkins
  1. People who pride themselves on their “complexity” and deride others for being “simplistic” should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth. Thomas Sowell
  1. Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities. Mark Twain
  1. Poor food and water for dinner, a bent arm for a pillow – that is where joy resides. For me, wealth and renown without honor are nothing but drifting clouds. Confucius
  1. Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind. Albert Einstein
  1. Poverty is my pride. Muhammed
  1. Progress is in simplification, which often follows complexity. Pearl Zhu
  1. Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity. Thor Heyerdahl
  1. Rather than cluttering up your home, stealing your time, and draining your wallet, the stuff in your life should serve a purpose and make you happy. If that isn’t the case, then your stuff owns you. Tammy Strobel
  1. Receive without conceit, release without struggle. Marcus Aurelius
  1. Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. Edwin Way Teale
  1. Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions. Chuck Palahniuk
  1. Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will. Greg McKeown
  1. Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them. Napoleon Bonaparte
  1. Saying no is more important than saying yes. Shane Parrish
  1. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Jesus Christ
  1. Shedding unnecessary stuff and commitments will free up space in your life for abundance of the best kind. Evelyn
  1. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. Steve Jobs
  1. Simple is hard. Easy is harder. Invisible is hardest. Jean-Louis Gassée
  1. Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world. Oscar Wilde
  1. Simple truths are a relief from grand speculations. Vauvenargues
  1. Simplicities are enormously complex. Consider the sentence “I love you”. Richard O. Moore
  1. Simplicity and harmony are the ultimate conditions to be attained in all things. Horace Fletcher
  1. Simplicity before understanding is simplistic; simplicity after understanding is simple. Edward de Bono
  1. Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. Leo Babauta
  1. Simplicity compounds. Complexity zeros out. Shane Parrish
  1. Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better. Edsger W. Dijkstra
  1. Simplicity is a key to avoiding complication. Part of the definition of simplicity is ‘not complex or complicated; sincere’. Joyce Meyer
  1. Simplicity is a most complex form. Duke Ellington
  1. Simplicity is a state of mind. Charles Wagner
  1. Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. John Maeda
  1. Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life. Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould
  1. Simplicity is hard to build, easy to use, and hard to charge for. Complexity is easy to build, hard to use, and easy to charge for. Chris Sacca
  1. Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. Charles Warner
  1. Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art. Philip James Bailey
  1. Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product. That’s not simple. Jonathan Ive
  1. Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations. Paul Rand
  1. Simplicity is the end result of long, hard work, not the starting point. Frederick Maitland
  1. Simplicity is the essence of happiness. Cedric Bledsoe
  1. Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. Frederic Chopin
  1. Simplicity is the friend of execution. Sesan Kareem
  1. Simplicity is the glory of expression. Walt Whitman
  1. Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. Coco Chanel
  1. Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius. George Sand
  1. Simplicity is the nature of great souls. Papa Ramadas
  1. Simplicity is the only thing that sufficiently reorients our lives so that possessions can be genuinely enjoyed without destroying us. Richard Foster
  1. Simplicity is the peak of civilization. Jessie Sampter
  1. Simplicity is the trademark of genius. Sravani Saha Nakhro
  1. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci
  1. Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought. William Hazlitt
  1. Simplicity, carried to an an extreme, becomes elegance. Jon Franklin
  1. Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy. Richard Halloway
  1. Simplify your life. You don’t grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual. Steve Maraboli
  1. Simplify, then add lightness. Colin Chapman
  1. Slow down. Do less. Maxime Lagacé
  1. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy. Leo Babauta
  1. Small needs lead to a large life. Unknown
  1. Smile, breathe and go slowly. Thich Nhat Hanh
  1. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Seuss
  1. Squint at the world. You will see more, by seeing less. John Maeda
  1. Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn
  1. Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. Arnold Glasow
  1. Teach us delight in simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs. Rudyard Kipling
  1. Teach us delight in the simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs; forgiveness free of evil done, and love to all men beneath the sun. Rudyard Kipling
  1. Ten years from now it won’t really matter what shoes you wore today, how your hair looked, or what brand of clothes you wore. What will matter is how you lived, how you loved, and what you learned along the way. Marc and Angel
  1. That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. Steve Jobs
  1. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. Hans Hofmann
  1. The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty. Bruce Lee
  1. The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. Walt Whitman
  1. The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James
  1. The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity. Douglas Horton
  1. The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. Robert Louis Stevenson
  1. The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. Warren Buffett
  1. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. Elise Boulding
  1. The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything. Warren Buffett
  1. The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. Epictetus
  1. The expression of truth is simplicity. Seneca
  1. The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t. Joshua Becker
  1. The greatest ideas are the simplest. William Golding
  1. The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. Steve Maraboli
  1. The greatest truths are the simplest: so likewise are the greatest men. Augustus William Hare
  1. The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires. Seneca
  1. The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato
  1. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity. Bruce Lee
  1. The height of sophistication is simplicity. Clare Boothe Luce
  1. The less I needed, the better I felt. Charles Bukowski
  1. The material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem. George Monbiot
  1. The modern consumerist system is designed to take your money and time away from you. Anthony Ongaro
  1. The more simple we are, the more complete we become. August Rodin
  1. The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things. Eleanor Roosevelt
  1. The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are. Mother Teresa
  1. The most complicated skill is to be simple. Dejan Stojanovic
  1. The nightmare of materialism, which has turned the life of the universe into an evil, useless game, is not yet past; it holds the awakening soul still in its grip. Wassily Kandinsky
  1. The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. Marcus Aurelius
  1. The point of simple living, for me, has got to be: a soft place to land, a wide margin for error, room to breathe, lots of places to find baseline happiness in each and every day. Leo Babauta
  1. The problem: we put more value on our stuff than on our space. Francine Jay (Miss Minimalist)
  1. The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  1. The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated. Criss Jami
  1. The roots of addiction can be seen in our search for happiness in something outside of our self, be it drugs, relationships, material possessions. Lee L Jampolsky
  1. The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed — it is a process of elimination. Elbert Hubbard
  1. The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. Lin Yutang
  1. The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. Socrates
  1. The simplest things are often the truest. Richard Bach
  1. The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. Mildred Norman
  1. The things you own end up owning you. Joshua Fields Millburn
  1. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
  1. The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling. Orison Marden
  1. The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have. Reinhold Messner
  1. There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little. Jackie French Koller
  2. There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. Leo Tolstoy
  1. There is no such thing as material covetousness. All covetousness is spiritual. …Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment. Mark Twain
  1. There is one advantage to having nothing, it never needs repair. Frank A. Clark
  1. There must be more to life than having everything. Maurice Sendak
  1. There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult. Warren Buffett
  1. They think I’m simpleminded because I seem to be happy. Why shouldn’t I be happy? I have everything I ever wanted and more. Maybe I am simpleminded. Maybe that’s the key: simple. Dolly Parton
  1. Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  1. Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise. Lin Yutang
  1. To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but to so love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust. Henry David Thoreau
  1. To be content, look backward on those who possess less than yourself, not forward on those who possess more. If this does not make you content, you don’t deserve to be happy. Benjamin Franklin
  1. To be richer, happier, and freer, all you need to do is want less. Francine Jay
  1. To be simple is the best thing in the world. Gilbert K. Chesterton
  1. To do nothing, and have nothing to do. That is sublime. Unknown
  1. To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. Buddha
  1. To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common – this is my symphony. William Henry Channing
  1. To the Technocrats: Have mercy on us. Relax a bit, take time out for simple pleasures. For example, the luxuries of electricity, indoor plumbing, central heating, instant electronic communication and such, have taught me to relearn and enjoy the basic human satisfactions of dipping water from a cold clear mountain stream; of building a wood fire in a cast-iron stove; of using long winter nights for making music, making things, making love; of writing long letters, in longhand with a fountain pen, to the few people on this earth I truly care about. Edward Abbey
  1. True contentment is not about acquiring more, but being satisfied with greater simplicity and fulfilled by what you already have. Carley Hauck
  1. True simplicity is, well, you just keep on going and going until you get to the point where you go, ‘Yeah, well, of course.’ Where there’s no rational alternative. Jonathan Ive
  1. Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. Isaac Newton
  2. Until my one thing is done, everything else is a distraction. Gary Keller
  1. Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them. Seneca
  1. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking. Marcus Aurelius
  1. Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  1. We adore chaos because we love to produce order. M. C. Escher
  1. We can travel a long way and do many things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. It is born from letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home. Sharon Salzberg
  1. We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it. Donald Horban
  1. We gave away most of our belongings. Interestingly, the more we gave away, the better we felt. Tammy Strobel
  1. We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties. Anna C. Brackett
  1. We must have order, allocating to each thing its proper place and giving to each thing is due according to its nature. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  1. We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy. Richard Foster
  2. We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack. Therefore, rather than grateful, we are bitter. Arthur Schopenhauer
  1. We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa
  1. What a unique treasure are the things we have learned to live without, for no thief can take them from us. Robert Brault
  1. What is the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? Gary Keller
  2. What we need are few. What we want are many. Sheng Yen
  1. What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer. William Albert Allard
  1. When everything is urgent, nothing is urgent. The Minimalists
  1. When things get tough, come back to the simple. Practising Simplicity
  1. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao Tzu
  1. When you limit your options, you really get good at sticking to what’s there. Leo Babauta
  1. When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are. Donald Miller
  1. When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. Victoria Moran
  1. Wherever I am, let me never forget to distinguish want from need. Barbara Kingsolver
  1. Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks? Socrates
  1. Without grace, minimalism is another metric for perfection. Erin Loechner
  1. You don’t need more space, you need less stuff. Joshua Becker
  1. You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. Vernon Howard
  1. You might get 85 years on this planet – don’t spend 65 paying off a lifestyle you can’t afford. Cait Flanders
  1. You need time to think, time to dream, time to talk and time to do nothing at all. Brooke McAlary

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