Quotes On Simplicity
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.
Elegance is elimination.
Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!
Elegance means appreciating things as they are. There is a sense of delight and of fearlessness.
I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.
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.
A person with taste is merely one who can recognize the greatest beauty in the simplest things.
You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.
Real elegance is simply a true encounter with oneself.
There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere.
True contentment is not about acquiring more, but being satisfied with greater simplicity and fulfilled by what you already have.
Slowly cut things out until you're left only with what you love, with what's necessary, with what makes you happy.
The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don't.
Imagine a life with less. Less stuff, less clutter, less stress and debt and discontent.
If you don't have time to do what matters, stop doing things that don't.
More was never the answer. The answer, it turned out, was always less.
Slow down. You move too fast.
If we don't know what to get each other for gifts - maybe we shouldn't exchange gifts?
No is a complete sentence.
Simple living doesn't solve all my problems, it just removes distractions.
Without grace, minimalism is another metric for perfection.
When life is crazy, it's time to empty your plate.
At some point I realized that I wasn't organizing my life; I was organizing my clutter.
When things get tough, come back to the simple.
By becoming a little more present and mindful you'll probably make less mistakes, and feel less stressed out too.
Shedding unnecessary stuff and mitments will free up space in your life for abundance of the best kind.
Intentional living and spending leads to more money and freedom.
A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.
Love people, use things. The opposite doesn't work.
Living simply makes loving simple.
Love is freedom.
The only way through uncertainty is love.
Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you're doing.
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.
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.
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.
For a happier life, keep only the things you love and use.
Love is flower like. Friendship is like a sheltering tree.
You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.
Simplicities are enormously complex. Consider the sentence I love you.
In everything, love simplicity.
Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
Until my one thing is done, everything else is a distraction.
Being able to quit things that don't work is integral to being a winner.
Focus on being productive instead of busy.
Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.
Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty.
If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you.
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.
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.
Wilderness. The word itself is music.
Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.
Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.
I don't need a lot of money. Simplicity is the answer for me.
You might get 85 years on this planet - don't spend 65 paying off a lifestyle you can't afford.
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.
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.
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.
None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.
How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.
It would add very much to the pleasure of life and to its sanctity if we cultivated the habit of seeing what is beautiful and divine in ordinary things, though this is not easy, because our natural tendency is to think and talk most of what is extraordinary.
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.
I go about looking at horses and cattle. They eat grass, make love, work when they have to, bear their young. I am sick with envy of them.
I think we've been oversold the value of more and undersold the value of less.
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.
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.
The Master said, A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with. Analects 4.
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.
Our greatest illusion is reliance upon the security and permanence of material possessions. We must search for some other coin.
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.
Teach us delight in simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs.
Pride divides the men, humility joins them.
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
A great man is always willing to be little.
True humility is contentment.
Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.
The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.
No truly great person ever thought themselves so.
Serenity, regularity, absence of vanity, sincerity, simplicity, veracity, equanimity, Fixity, non-irritability, adaptability, Humility, tenacity, integrity, nobility, magnanimity, charity, generosity, purity. Practise daily these eighteen ities You will soon attain immortality.
He that places himself neither higher nor lower than he ought to do exercises the truest humility.
Be modest, humble, simple. Control your anger.
Forget popularity. Just do your thing with passion, humility and honesty.
I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.
The only way you will advance spiritually is through humility.
When there's nothing but humility, there's nothing but spiritual oneness.
Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.
Learn to laugh at yourselves as one must laugh!
Greatness of spirit is accompanied by simplicity and sincerity.
Think 8 hours, work 2 hours.
Design means being good, not just looking good.
Simple is hard. Easy is harder. Invisible is hardest.
Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.
Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.
In order to be a good gatekeeper, you have to think of your house as sacred space, not storage space.
The problem: we put more value on our stuff than on our space.
I live lightly and gracefully, with only the objects I find functional or beautiful.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.
We must have order, allocating to each thing its proper place and giving to each thing is due according to its nature.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.
Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.
I feel that my environment reflects my belief in the grace and art and elegance of living simply.
Architecture has the power to create order out of unholy confusion.
Less is more.
Good design means as little design as possible.
Elegance is refusal.
Simplicity, carried to an an extreme, becomes elegance.
Only great minds can afford a simple style.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.
Sometimes people are beautiful, not in looks, not in what they say, just in what they are.
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
True elegance for me is the manifestation of an independent mind.
We gave away most of our belongings. Interestingly, the more we gave away, the better we felt.
The more intentional you are in your choices, the more every change makes room for more changes I just love that there's this endless potential.
The things you wear don't make you beautiful; they accentuate the beauty that's already there.
99 percent of what stressed you out today won't matter a month from now.
You need time to think, time to dream, time to talk and time to do nothing at all.
The roots of addiction can be seen in our search for happiness in something outside of our self, be it drugs, relationships, material possessions.
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.
These times are too progressive. Everything has changed too fast. Railroads and telegraphs and kerosene and coal stoves - they're good to have but the trouble is, folks get to depend on 'em.
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.
Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than submit to the desolation of an empty abundance.
Houses are full of things that gather dust.
The material pursuit of self-esteem reduces self-esteem.
Possessions are usually diminished by possession.
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
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.
Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.
I have to remind myself to live simply and not overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world.
If these things haven't delivered on their promises yet, it may be time to let them go.
The modern consumerist system is designed to take your money and time away from you.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Material blessings, when they pay beyond the category of need, are weirdly fruitful of headache.
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.
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.
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.
We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.
Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
The rise of social media is proving problematic. Younger age groups of children and adults are now becoming heavily absorbed in it, unaware that social media presents rose-tinted versions of life as the truth, and it's against this fiction that they're comparing themselves.
It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life.
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.
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.
Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions.
Materialism is the only form of distraction from true bliss.
There must be more to life than having everything.
Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.
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.
Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.
Materialism and all its miseries can never be conquered by materialism.
Let there be as little materialism as possible, with the maximum of spirituality.
Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion.
Think of nothing that happens as either good or bad. Stop judging, and stop expecting.
The goal isn't to get rid of all your negative thoughts, feelings, and life situations. That's impossible. The goal is to change your response to them.
I have done my best, that is about all the philosophy of living that one needs.
What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.
We are not what we own; we are what we do, what we think and who we love.
The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.
Take a deep breath. Get present in the moment and ask yourself what is important this very second.
Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.
Philosophy teaches us to act, not to speak.
I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good.
The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
Progress is in simplification, which often follows complexity.
Complexity is impressive, but simplicity is genius.
Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world.
Simple truths are a relief from grand speculations.
Simplicity is a key to avoiding complication. Part of the definition of simplicity is 'not complex or complicated; sincere'.
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.
The root of all of our problems is our inability to let go.
Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner peace.
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.
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.
Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.
Avoid the superficial, penetrate the complex, go to the heart of the problem, and pinpoint the key factors.
Simplicity is a most complex form.
Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities.
Complex things are easy to do. Simplicity's the real challenge.
The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated.
Complexity means distracted effort. Simplicity means focused effort.
Growth creates complexity, which requires simplicity.
Letting go is even more important than adding.
The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.
It is not difficult to trim and hack off the nonessentials in outward, physical structure. However, to minimize inwardly, is another matter.
We seldom think of what we have but always of what we lack. Therefore, rather than grateful, we are bitter.
When you consciously choose to be ordinary, you become extraordinary.
My riches consist, not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.
Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
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.
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.
The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.
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.
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Seek not good from without; seek it within yourselves, or you will never find it.
If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.
I smile, and breathe, and let go. And one step at a time, become the person I want to be.
Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.
The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.
By saying yes to every request from others, you allow all your time to be taken up by tasks that are important to others, not necessarily to you.
When you limit your options, you really get good at sticking to what's there.
Narrowing down our choices means less overwhelm, and more creativity.
What you focus on grows. Stop managing your time. Start managing your focus.
Shake off the nonsense, bring your attention back to what's important.
The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern, and be clear that what belongs to others is their business and none of yours.
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.
You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
Focus is a matter of deciding what things you're not going to do.
It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.
What is the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
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.
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.
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.
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
It's not what's under the tree, it's who's around it.
Expert: Someone who brings confusion to simplicity.
Better to have spent a minute meditating than tweeting.
It's not a good deal if you don't need it.
A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
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.
I think we are in a non-essentialist bubble ” everything seems important ” so of course nothing is.
I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying.
Simplify your life. You don't grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual.
I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world.
There is one advantage to having nothing, it never needs repair.
Wherever I am, let me never forget to distinguish want from need.
Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.
Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry.
It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?
Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started.
Simplicity and harmony are the ultimate conditions to be attained in all things.
Simplicity before understanding is simplistic; simplicity after understanding is simple.
Every solution to every problem is simple. It's the distance between the two where the mystery lies.
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.
Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.
Truthfully, though, most organizing is nothing more than well-planned hoarding.
The highest excellence is like water. The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving, the low place which all men dislike.
Simplicity is the only thing that sufficiently reorients our lives so that possessions can be genuinely enjoyed without destroying us.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.
The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.
What we need are few. What we want are many.
Instead of presents, give presence.
If everything is important, then nothing is.
Never use a long word when a short one will do.
I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.
Maybe a person's time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food.
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
Every time I'm doing something that is not essential, I am giving up on something that is essential.
I would rather own little and see the world, than own the world and see little of it.
What a unique treasure are the things we have learned to live without, for no thief can take them from us.
Remember that in giving any reason at all for refusing, you lay some foundation for a future request.
Don't forget it: He has most who needs least. Don't create needs for yourself.
Learning isn't acquiring knowledge so much as it is trimming information that has already been acquired.
When everything is urgent, nothing is urgent.
Those who are wise won't be busy, and those who are too busy can't be wise.
Forget sale price. Everything is 100% off when you don't buy it.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.
Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive.
Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few.
Raise your standards and lower your expectations.
True happiness is...to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
To enjoy life, you don't need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren't as serious as you make them out to be.
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.
When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.
How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.
It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.
To be simple is the best thing in the world.
There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.
It could be said of him that while others chased the mirage of happiness, he was happy with being content.
Scratch away all the dirt your being has accumulated and reveal reality in its nakedness.
Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.
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.
Remember that if you don't prioritize your life someone else will.
When you ask me what I am doing today and I say nothing, it doesn't mean I am free. It means I am doing nothing.
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.
As you age, you'll learn to value your time, genuine relationships, meaningful work, and peace of mind, much more. Little else will matter.
The strongest sign of your growth is realizing you're no longer worried or stressed by the trivial things that once used to drain you.
Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
Here's a simple solution: Take your expectations and throw them in the ocean.
To do nothing, and have nothing to do. That is sublime.
Life is simple. You just have to stop trying to figure it out.
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.
Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.
I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all.
Minimalism is the pathway to the better life you've been searching for all along.
Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.
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.
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.
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.
I am strongly drawn to the simple life and am often oppressed by the feeling that I am engrossing an unnecessary amount of the labor of my fellow. I regard class differences as contrary to justice and, in the last resort, based on force. I also consider that plain living is good for everybody, physically and mentally.
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.
A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
Essentialism is the art of discerning between external noise and internal voice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Essentialism is not about how to get more things done, it's about how to the get the right things done.
Identify what's most important to you. Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things.
I'm not impressed by your looks, money, social status or job title. I'm impressed by the way you treat other human beings.
Saying no is more important than saying yes.
He is not rich, that enjoyeth not his own goods.
Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.
Let's stop telling each other how busy we are.
The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.
The more simple we are, the more complete we become.
Slow down. Do less.
Men are not great or small because of their material possessions. They are great or small because of what they are.
My greatest skill has been to want little.
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.
Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want to impress people they don't like.
Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.
Small needs lead to a large life.
Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn't.
To be richer, happier, and freer, all you need to do is want less.
It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.
Eat, drink and love... the rest is not worth a nickel.
Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks?
How many things are there which I do not want.
Best things in life aren't things.
Order your soul. Reduce your wants.
Simplicity is a state of mind.
Simplicity is the end result of long, hard work, not the starting point.
Simplicity is the trademark of genius.
Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
Simplicity is the nature of great souls.
Simplicity is the peak of civilization.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.
Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple.
Don't confuse having a career with having a life.
One should use common words to say uncommon things.
One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
The expression of truth is simplicity.
Simplicity compounds. Complexity zeros out.
The things you own end up owning you.
Squint at the world. You will see more, by seeing less.
The simplest things are often the truest.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
Simplify, then add lightness.
If you're not saying HELL YEAH! about it, say no.
Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.
If it isn't a clear yes, then it's a clear no.
Simplicity is the essence of happiness.
The greatest truths are the simplest: so likewise are the greatest men.
Simplicity is the friend of execution.
Don't rush. Go slowly. Be present.
Owning less is great. Wanting less is better.
You don't need more space, you need less stuff.
Give all you can give and take only what you need.
A place for everything, and everything in its place.
Discern the vital few from the trivial many.
Own less. Do less. Declutter. Simplify.
If it doesn't matter, get rid of it.
My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety.
Poverty is my pride.
Sell your possessions and give to the poor.
Live simply that others might simply live.
The height of sophistication is simplicity.
It is better to be good than to be original.
In simplicity there is truth.
Simplicity is the glory of expression.
It takes a long time to learn how to do something simple.
Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus.
He is the richest who is content with the least.
I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
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!
More good has been accomplished by simple people seeking their own honest ends than by all the philanthropists in history.
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?'.
Find joy in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference to what lies between virtue and vice. Love the human race. Follow the divine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the longest time, I thought I needed to be more organized. Now I know I just needed less stuff.
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.
Enjoy the simple, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work.
Everything is both simpler than we can imagine, and more complicated that we can conceive.
Cease striving. Then there will be transformation.
The less I needed, the better I felt.
Less stuff equals more freedom.
If buying stuff hasn't made you happy, maybe getting rid of it will.
Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.
He who is contented is rich.
I will not say yes when my heart says no.
The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.