As any mathematician will tell you, making something simple out of something complicated is where you'll find true genius. It's true in our own lives as well, we often do the reverse - make something complicated out of something that is actually really simple. Drinking too much? Stop doing that. Arguing with your significant other? Try an attitude of grace and love, instead of one of self-pity. Quite often the solutions to our problems are simple and to be found in plain sight. Let these Simplicity Quotes remind us of the beauty of the simple things in life and how we can complicate our own lives by focussing on too much 'stuff'. Living a life of simplicity might be easier than you think!
Consider the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean,
less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy.
K. Collins, Quit Talking, Start Doing!
Words of Encouragement
You can't experience simple joys when you're living life with your hair on fire.
Emily Ley, A Simplified Life
Jesus modeled a very simple life. You don't see him collecting things. He spent
his time and energy on relationships - because he knew they were more
important than all the stuff in the world.
Rick Warren Inspirational Quotes
I feel rich because I have enough. Your enough will be different
from my enough, which will be different from that guy over there's enough.
But the less you need, the sooner you will feel rich.
Anita Dhake, Operation Enough!
People who decide to live a simple life reduce their material possessions
and overall consumption and become satisfied with the things that they
need and not with what they want.
Ryan Cooper, Simplicity: The Art Of Simplicity Guide!
Quotes about Overcoming
It is time to stop responding to every new message or other demands on
your time and those who want your
immediate attention. This technique applies to work,
at home, time already set aside to exercise or whatever.
Your need is to approach a higher level of simplicity, not a more
Byron Pulsifer, No Social Media Home
Hard work, nothing to divert my thought, clear air and simple food
made my life very pleasant.
Thomas Edison Work
Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, Irish Novelist
Irish Quotes and Sayings
By eliminating these distractions and simplifying our lives,
we are able to think more clearly, be less stressed,
and have more time to focus on the things that really matter to us,
such as spending time with our loved ones,
creativity, dreams, health, travel, and giving back.
Pia Edberg, The Cozy Life
Within six months, we had gotten rid of 50 percent of our belongings.
We quickly began seeing the benefits of minimalism and developing a
philosophy for how simpler,
more purposeful living is something everyone can benefit from.
Joshua Becker, The More of Less
Another common misconception is that simple living involves
depriving oneself of the material benefits of modern life.
Deprivation is not a part of the true meaning of simplicity.
Voluntary is a key element of the philosophy of simple living.
Living without adequate food, shelter, clothing, and medical care
is not simple living. Nor is it voluntary simplicity; it is involuntary poverty.
Linda Breen Pierce, Choosing Simplicity
One of the biggest accelerators to change is simplicity.
Dr. Henry Cloud
Beneath the simplicity lies a deep and profound message.
Complexity is often necessary, but unnecessary complexity
complicates our lives.
Dan Ward, The Simplicity Cycle
Everything you buy or own might not necessarily bring you value
or meaning to your life. In fact, they might come in your way and
distract you from the bigger picture. You will find that simplicity is
always better than complexity.
Summer Andrews, Minimalist Living
You have to want to look for simplicity. You have to be motivated
to design simplicity.
Edward de Bono, Simplicity
Simplicity is that middle ground, the quiet path of moderation in all things.
Cary David Richards, The Joy of less Book 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.
Quote of The Day
Like spirituality itself, the simplest things, when appreciated with reverence,
take on an entirely new meaning.
Oprah Winfrey, The Wisdom of Sundays
Simplicity of living is no longer a personal issue; it is a theme
and concern woven into our lives at every scale. Sixth, over the decades,
simplicity is increasingly being defined by what it is for (connecting with
and caring for life) instead of what it is against (destructive consumerism).
Duane Elgin, Voluntary Simplicity Second Revised Edition
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water
exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter...
to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest
or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
It's never good to make a simple thing into complicated.
Ly Nguyen, Time Management
It is a characteristic of military problems that they yield to nothing but
harsh reality; things must be reduced to elemental simplicity and
answers must be clear, almost obvious.
Dwight Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe
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
Henry David Thoreau
Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath,
a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness.
Simplicity avoids the superficial, penetrates the complex,
goes to the heart of the problem and pinpoints the key factors.
Wilfred Peterson Truth
Simplifying your life may not be as simple as it sounds
but you will be able to simplify your life when you get clear and
focus on what is most important to you.
Donald Allen, The Art Of Goal Setting For Beginners
When you add things into your life that you intrinsically enjoy and
take out things that you intrinsically dislike, you wind up liking your
life a lot more. This sounds simple on the surface, but simplicity
doesn't always make things easy.
Alison Cardy, Career Grease
Simplifying one's life can also lead to a more contented existence.
Glen Mizrahi, Simplicity
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 Encouraging Poems |
Simplicity is a quality that not only evokes passionate loyalty
for a product design, but also has become a key strategic tool
for businesses to confront their own intrinsic complexities.
John Maeda, The Laws of Simplicity
The simplicity of life will make your life richer and fuller than trying
to fit more in and having more. Just focus on what is important in your life.
Kathy Stanton, Simple Living And Loving It
What we discovered was, sometimes, the answer to something
complex is simplicity.
Melissa Dayton, Crushed
Popular songs, that stem from popular sayings, that are as old as the world,
are effective thanks to their simplicity and their truth.
Gianni Ferrario, Adolfo Panfili, Laugh Love Live
Attainment doesn't mean simplicity or ease in accomplishment,
but means we go after that objective with not only a mind and a
will to achieve, but also the determination to follow the actions
through necessary to make it happen.
Michael Lombardi, The 5 AM Club
Simplicity is a golden rule in many fields. If companies "reap what they sow,"
then simple in means simple out, and a process that produces simple
is simple throughout.
ClydeBank Business; Benjamin Sweeney, Lean Six Sigma
Keep it Simple - Simplicity is best. If it can be misunderstood,
it will be misunderstood.
Christian Motley, Leadership Philosophies From Unsung Leaders
Many people who suffer from heightened stress and anxiety
have seen a dramatic improvement by cutting back and simplifying their lives.
Brian Night, Simplicity
When you begin to pursue simplicity and make different decisions
than you used to make, people will inevitably take notice.
Mike Burns, Simpler
Simplicity is about deciding what's important to you and
focusing on that before anything else.
Chelsea Walters, Simplicity
In an increasingly complex world "simplicity" is becoming one of the four
Edward de Bono, Simplicity
Simplicity is such an underrated virtue; when something seems too simple,
people assume it's wrong. When someone desires
a simple life, people look down on him and label him 'mediocre' or 'lazy'.
The word simplicity has so much negativity wrapped
around it that people run towards the opposite: extravagant.
Ryan Williams, Simplicity
The problem with stuff is, the more you have, the more it takes to take
care of it all - the more you have to clean it, the more you have to protect it,
more you have to insure it, and the more you have to repair it.
The Golden Rule is the ultimate model of simplicity: a one-sentence
statement so profound that an individual could spend a lifetime learning
to follow it.
Chip Heath; Dan Heath, Made to Stick Learning