Quotes About Simplicity

Life became so complicated these days. Consumerism and quick tempo of modern living are making things so complex. There are more items on our schedule than ever before. There are more things in our houses than we would ever need. We are surrounded with stuff, events, people, emails, work tasks… No time to pause and reflect. No time for peace. No time for family. No time to be with self. Thinking about all this, I felt craving for letting all this stuff out of my life, making it more simple.

Some of the quotes and sayings on simplicity below encouraged me to simplify it even more, at all levels. Some of them are truly great, pointing you to the sole purpose of living a free life. Hope they'll do the same for you.

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"All the great things are simple." Winston Churchill

"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify." Henry David Thoreau

"Simplicity is freedom." Richard J. Foster

"Real wisdom is simple. Living life rightly does not have to be a complicated challenge." Jim Rohn

"Simplicity is the glory of expression." Walt Whitman

"Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, not in the multiplicity and confusion of things." Isaac Newton

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo Da Vinci

"Simplicity means making time for yourself in a hectic world. You clear out what is superfluous and make room for a life of passion, depth, and joy." Gwen Nyhus Stewart

"Simplicity requires ruthlessness." Tim Ferriss

"Simplicity means taking charge of a life that is too busy, too stressed, and too fragmented. An uncluttered simplicity means cutting back on trivial distractions, both material and non-material, and focusing on the essentials — whatever those may be for each of our unique lives." Duane Elgin

"Simplicity of life is not a misery but the foundation of refinement." William Morris

"Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy." Richard Halloway

"The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life." Peace Pilgrim

"Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it." Alan Jay Perlis

"The spiritual discipline of simplicity is not a lost dream, but a recurrent version throughout history. It can be recaptured today. It must be." Richard J. Foster

"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler." Albert Einstein

"Simplicity means to feel such a sense of kinship with others that we choose to live simply so that others may simply live." Duane Elgin

"Time in the wild reminds me how much of what I ordinarily do is mere dithering, how much of what I own is mere encumbrance. The opposite of simplicity, as I understand it, is not complexity but clutter." Scott Sander

"Everything that is exact is short." Joseph Joubert

"There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult." Warren Buffett

"Style is a simple way of saying comlicated things." Jean Cocteau

"Simplicity is the only thing that sufficiently reorients our lives so that possessions can be genuinely enjoyed without destroying us." Richard J. Foster

"In order to seek one's own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life." Plato

"Do you think it is illogical to "upgrade" to simplicity? It is not illogical to thousands who say goodbye, once and for all, to their corporate lifestyles." Byron Pulsifer

"Simplicity means to choose ways of living that touch the Earth more lightly and that reduce our ecological footprint." Duane Elgin

"Simplicity as a life-style is the identifiable difference between needs and wants, and the awareness of the cost in terms of our life force energy and our willingness to pay the price." Gwen Nyhus Stewart

"It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated." John Ruskin

"I am learning… that a man can live profoundly without masses of things." Richard E. Byrd

"For us, simplicity was changing our lifestyle. It meant giving up some things, but it has also meant that we gained a lot." Byron and Catherine Pulsifer

"An elegant simplicity is an understated, organic aesthetic that contrasts with the excess of consumerist lifestyles. Drawing from influences ranging from Zen to the Quakers, it celebrates natural materials and clean, functional expressions, such as are found in many of the hand-made arts and crafts from this community." Duane Elgin

"Above all, keep it simple." Auguste Escoffier


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