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What we need are few. What we want are many. Sheng Yen

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Best things in life aren’t things. Mike Ness

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Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive. Unknown

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The less I needed, the better I felt. Charles Bukowski

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If buying stuff hasn’t made you happy, maybe getting rid of it will. Joshua Becker


Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. D.H. Mondfleur


Forget sale price. Everything is 100% off when you don’t buy it. Joshua Fields Millburn


He is not rich, that enjoyeth not his own goods. Pythagoras


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault


Eat, drink and love… the rest is not worth a nickel. Lord Byron


Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn’t. Brian Gardner


It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. William Of Occam


Order your soul. Reduce your wants. Augustine of Hippo


How many things are there which I do not want. Socrates


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


Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. John Ruskin


He who is contented is rich. Lao Tzu


Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. Leo Babauta


Receive without conceit, release without struggle. Marcus Aurelius


I will not say yes when my heart says no. Courtney Carver


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



I would rather own little and see the world, than own the world and see little of it. Alexander Sattler


Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. Martin H. Fischer


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Never use a long word when a short one will do. Louisa May Alcott


I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. Henry Miller


The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity. Bruce Lee


A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace. Confucius


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


The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130


Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things. Noam Chomsky


If everything is important, then nothing is. Patrick M. Lencioni


Every time I’m doing something that is not essential, I am giving up on something that is essential. Greg McKeown


Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food. Frank A. Clark


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. Lao Tzu


More good has been accomplished by simple people seeking their own honest ends than by all the philanthropists in history. Robert Brault


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


Find joy in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference to what lies between virtue and vice. Love the human race. Follow the divine. Marcus Aurelius


Simplicity and harmony are the ultimate conditions to be attained in all things. Horace Fletcher


It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau


Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity. Thor Heyerdahl


Everything is both simpler than we can imagine, and more complicated that we can conceive. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Simplicity before understanding is simplistic; simplicity after understanding is simple. Edward de Bono


Truthfully, though, most organizing is nothing more than well-planned hoarding. Joshua Fields Millburn (The Minimalists)


Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life. Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould


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


Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. Hosea Ballou


Instead of presents, give presence. Leo Babauta


Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise. Lin Yutang


Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Henry David Thoreau


The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde


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. Leo Babauta


Wherever I am, let me never forget to distinguish want from need. Barbara Kingsolver


Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies. Derek Landy


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


Learning isn’t acquiring knowledge so much as it is trimming information that has already been acquired. Criss Jami


What a unique treasure are the things we have learned to live without, for no thief can take them from us. Robert Brault


Don’t forget it: He has most who needs least. Don’t create needs for yourself. St. Josemaría Escrivá


The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. Walt Whitman


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


I think we are in a non-essentialist bubble — everything seems important — so of course nothing is. Greg McKeown


Remember that in giving any reason at all for refusing, you lay some foundation for a future request. Arthur Helps


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


Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few. Pythagoras


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


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


In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. Aristotle


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


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


The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires. Seneca


The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James


A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. Henry David Thoreau


Saying no is more important than saying yes. Shane Parrish


My greatest skill has been to want little. Henry David Thoreau


Men are not great or small because of their material possessions. They are great or small because of what they are. James Cash Penney


Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Let’s stop telling each other how busy we are. Unknown


For the longest time, I thought I needed to be more organized. Now I know I just needed less stuff. Alysa Bajenaru


It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. Laura Ingalls Wilder


Enjoy the simple, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work. Benjamin Hoff


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


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


The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are. Mother Teresa


A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Albert Einstein


Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. Leo Tolstoy


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


Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like. Will Rogers


To be richer, happier, and freer, all you need to do is want less. Francine Jay


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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


The more simple we are, the more complete we become. August Rodin


Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks? Socrates




Simplicity is the end result of long, hard work, not the starting point. Frederick Maitland


Simplicity is the trademark of genius. Sravani Saha Nakhro


Simplicity is the nature of great souls. Papa Ramadas


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


Simplicity is the peak of civilization. Jessie Sampter


Simplicity is a state of mind. Charles Wagner


Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. Charles Warner




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


All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. Winston Churchill


Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci


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


Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. Lao Tzu


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu


Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Seuss


To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. Buddha


Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates


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


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


Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. Isaac Newton


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


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


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


One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. Jack Kerouac


Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple. Richard Branson


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


If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. Albert Einstein


Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein


Don’t confuse having a career with having a life. Hillary Clinton


It is not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessential. The closer to the source, the less wastage there is. Bruce Lee


One should use common words to say uncommon things. Arthur Schopenhauer


Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. Steve Jobs



I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Lao Tzu


The simplest things are often the truest. Richard Bach


If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no. Greg McKeown


Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. Coco Chanel


Simplicity is the friend of execution. Sesan Kareem


Simplicity is the essence of happiness. Cedric Bledsoe


Simplify, then add lightness. Colin Chapman


Don’t rush. Go slowly. Be present. Leo Babauta


The greatest truths are the simplest: so likewise are the greatest men. Augustus William Hare


Smile, breathe and go slowly. Thich Nhat Hanh


The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato


Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus. Edward de Bono


Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Jesus Christ


Live simply that others might simply live. Elizabeth Ann Seton


It is better to be good than to be original. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


Poverty is my pride. Muhammed


It takes a long time to learn how to do something simple. Marty Rubin


He is the richest who is content with the least. Socrates


I love to go and see all the things I am happy without. Socrates


Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain. Jean-Jacques Rousseau


The greatest ideas are the simplest. William Golding


The expression of truth is simplicity. Seneca


Squint at the world. You will see more, by seeing less. John Maeda (The Laws Of Simplicity)


The things you own end up owning you. Joshua Fields Millburn


Owning less is great. Wanting less is better. Joshua Becker


The most complicated skill is to be simple. Dejan Stojanovic


Addition by subtraction. Joshua Fields Millburn 


A place for everything, and everything in its place. Francine Jay 


You don’t need more space, you need less stuff. Joshua Becker


Own less. Do less. Declutter. Simplify. Unknown


If it doesn’t matter, get rid of it. Unknown


Give all you can give and take only what you need. The Minimalists


My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety. Hank Stram


Discern the vital few from the trivial many. Greg McKeown


Simplicity is the glory of expression. Walt Whitman


The height of sophistication is simplicity. Clare Boothe Luce


In simplicity there is truth. River Phoenix



To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world. Charles Dudley Warner


I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead. Mark Twain


There is one advantage to having nothing, it never needs repair. Frank A. Clark


People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results. Albert Einstein


Simplify your life. You don’t grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual. Steve Maraboli


A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. Groucho Marx


It’s not what’s under the tree, it’s who’s around it. Charlie Brown


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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. George Bird Evans


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


It’s not a good deal if you don’t need it. Unknown


Better to have spent a minute meditating than tweeting. The Mimimalists


Expert: Someone who brings confusion to simplicity. Gregory Nunn


If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. Lin Yutang




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