54 Life-Changing Quotes on Simplicity

By | January 14, 2020

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Modern life is filled with never-ending rounds of tasks to complete, needless distractions and absolute must-haves. There never seems to be enough time to do what we need to do or how we would really like to live.

To compound all these, technology accentuates our ‘treadmill’ way of life. What better way than to use these carefully selected life-changing quotes on simplicity to inspire our inner minimalism.


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We CAN learn to live a simple life again by embracing minimalism and reduce the mental, digital, physical and emotional clutter that pervades our lives today.

Ready to return to simple living again?

1. “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. ‘ – Henry David Thoreau

2. “Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. ‘ – D.H. Mondfleur

3. “The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are” – Mother Teresa

4. “Make things as simple as possible but no simpler”- Albert Einstein

5. “The simplest things are often the truest” – Richard Bach

6. “The more simple we are, the more complete we become”- August Rodin

7. “Less is more” – Mies Van Der Rohe

8. “The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple”- Doris Janzen Longacre

9. “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little” – Jackie French Koller

10. “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

11. “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need” – Vernon Howard

12. ” Slow down. Do less. ” – Maxime Lagacé

13. “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves” – Edwin Way Teal

14. “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” – William Morris

15. “It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has” – Henry Ward Beecher

16. “Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit experience and the last effort of genius” – George Sand

17. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo da Vinci

18. “Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants” – Epictetus

19. “It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor” – Seneca

20. “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less” – Socrates

21.“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”- Paulo Coelho

22. “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have” – Socrates

23. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” – Confucius

24. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking” – Marcus Aurelius

25. “Life can be simple and beautiful. Focus on the good things ‘ – Maxime Lagacé

26. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple ‘ – Dr. Seuss

27. ‘Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works” – Leonardo da Vinci

28. “Live a simple life; you will own the most beautiful treasures of the world!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

29. “I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do” – Roald Dahl

30. “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go” – Steve Maraboli

31. “Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough” – Charles Dudley Warner

32. “I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind” – Albert Einstein

33. “Simplicity is the essence of happiness.” – Cedric Bledsoe

34. “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.” — Bruce Lee

35. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” – Arnold Glasow

36. “Only great minds can afford a simple style” – Stendhal

37. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss

38. “Lead a simple life. First reduce your greeds. Then reduce your needs” – Ritu Ghatourey

39. “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary” – Paulo Coelho

40. “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.” – Lao Tzu

41. “The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” – Plato

42. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Clare Boothe Luce

43. “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” Steve Maraboli

44. “Simplicity is the trademark of genius.” – Sravani Saha Nakhro

45. “The simplest things give me ideas.” – Joan Miro

46. “Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.” – Lao Tzu

47. “The most complicated skill is to be simple.”- Dejan Stojanovic

48. “Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.” – Thomas Mann

49. “Simplicity is the shortest path to a solution.” – Ward Cunningham

50. “Live simply, so that others may simply live.”Mother Teresa

51. “Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.” – Thomas Mann

52. “The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated.” – Criss Jami

53. “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” – Leo Babauta

54. “The greatest ideas are the simplest.” – William Golding

Wrap Up

I hope these beautiful and meaningful quotes will inspire you to live a life filled with joy and simplicity.

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