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The 69 Best Quotes About Simplicity

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A focus on simplicity can transform your life.

Declutter your mind. Find peace in focus and purpose. Here we have our collection on the best quotations about simplicity. So pour yourself a cup of tea, breathe deeply, and enjoy.

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

Nothing is true, but that which is simple. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Simplicity is the glory of expression. Walt Whitman

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

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

Simplicity is the essence of happiness. Cedric Bledsoe

I want to live simply. I want to sit by the window when it rains and read books I’ll never be tested on. I want to paint because I want to, not because I’ve got something to prove. I want to listen to my body, fall asleep when the moon is high and wake up slowly, with no place to rush off to. I want not to be governed by money or clocks or any of the artificial restraints that humanity imposes on itself. I just want to be, boundless and infinite.Unknown

Success demands singleness of purpose. Vince Lombardi

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. Thomas More

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

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity. Plato

Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’ Marcus Aurelius

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

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. Unknown

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

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable. Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. Henry David Thoreau

Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world. Oscar Wilde

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

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

We need much less than we think we need. Maya Angelou


Life is amazingly good when it’s simple and amazingly simple when it’s good. Terri Guillemets

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

The call to simplicity and freedom is a reminder that our worth comes not from the amount of our involvements, achievements, or possessions, but from the depth and care which we bring to each moment, place, and person in our lives. Richard A. Bower

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

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupe

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. John Maeda

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. John Burroughs

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

A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life. Winston Churchill

The greatest ideas are the simplest. William Golding

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. Hans Hofmann

Simplify, then add lightness. Colin Chapman

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. William Morris

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

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. John Kabat-Zinn

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. Coco Channel

To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now. Donald Altman

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

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. Elbert Hubbard

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


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

All you need is less. Unknown

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

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

I go back and forth between wanting to be abundantly simple and maddeningly complex. John Baldessari

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

Life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love. Nicholas Sparks

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa

Keep everything simple, that’s the secret. Unknown

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. Eleanor Roosevelt

As I grew older, I realized it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art. Albrecht Durer

Simplicity is indeed often the sign of truth and a criterion of beauty. Mahlon Hoagland

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all. Laura Ingalls Wilder

I want to live simply, to work honestly, to love completely and to dare mightily, so that when I die, my children, and their children, will know that I died empty, and well satisfied. Doug Robinson

If you ask people what kinds of activities bring them pleasure, it’s usually contact with nature, things that are creative, and relationships with people, and the things we do to live simply bring us all of those satisfactions. Jeanne Roy

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

Free men must live simple lives and have simple pleasures. William Morris

I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking. 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. Laura Ingalls Wilder

The goal of life: simple but not empty. Terri Guillemets

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

Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life. Langston Hughes

My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety. Hank Stram

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