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150 Best Simplicity Quotes To Lead A Simple Life

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If you are looking for an incredible selection of simplicity quotes you’re in the right place.

It’s human nature to make things more complicated when they could be kept simple.

Sometimes less is more.

By living a more simple life it can create a sense of freedom and unclutteredness in our minds.

This collection of quotes about simplicity will help you to lead a more simple life.

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Top 10 Simplicity Quotes

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

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

Robert Brault
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Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies.

Derek Landy
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Simplicity is the essence of happiness.

Cedric Bledsoe
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The most complicated skill is to be simple.

Dejan Stojanovic
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One should use common words to say uncommon things.

Arthur Schopenhauer
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The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

Psalm 119:130
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Learning isn’t acquiring knowledge so much as it is trimming information that has already been acquired.

Criss Jami
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Slow down. Do less.

Maxime Lagacé
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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

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

The Minimalists

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

Simplicity compounds. Complexity zeros out. Shane Parrish

The expression of truth is simplicity. Seneca

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

Less stuff equals more freedom. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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

Alexander Sattler

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

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

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

Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive.


Expert: Someone who brings confusion to simplicity. Gregory Nunn

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

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

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

Frank A. Clark

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

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

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

Simplicity is the friend of execution.

Sesan Kareem

The simplest things are often the truest. Richard Bach

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

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My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety. Hank Stram

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


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

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

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

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

Mother Teresa

When everything is urgent, nothing is urgent. The Minimalists

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

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

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

Jack Kerouac

Order your soul. Reduce your wants. Augustine of Hippo

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

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

The greatest ideas are the simplest.

William Golding

Live simply that others might simply live. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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

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

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.

Coco Chanel

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

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

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

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

Charles Warner

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

The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato 

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

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.

Henry David Thoreau 

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

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

Poverty is my pride. Muhammed

Simplicity is a state of mind.

Charles Wagner 

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

Smile, breathe and go slowly. Thich Nhat Hanh

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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

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

The most important things in life aren’t things. Kenneth Clarke

Simplicity is when you remove anything useless. Maxime Lagacé

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

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


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

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

Instead of presents, give presence. Leo Babauta

Better to have spent a minute meditating than tweeting.

The Mimimalists

Simplicity is the peak of civilization. Jessie Sampter

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

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

Squint at the world. You will see more, by seeing less.

John Maeda

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

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

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

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

Motivational Simplicity Quotes

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

Everything is both simpler than we can imagine, and more complicated that we can conceive.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. John Ruskin

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

Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.

D.H. Mondfleur

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

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

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

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

Hosea Ballou

The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires. Seneca

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

In simplicity there is truth. River Phoenix

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


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

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

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Simplicity is the nature of great souls. Papa Ramadas

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

William James

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

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

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

He who is contented is rich.

Lao Tzu

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. Joshua Becker

The height of sophistication is simplicity. Clare Boothe Luce

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

Never use a long word when a short one will do.

Louisa May Alcott

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

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

Saying no is more important than saying yes. Shane Parrish

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

Marcus Aurelius

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

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

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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

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

Hillary Clinton

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

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

Simplify, then add lightness. Colin Chapman

Don’t rush. Go slowly. Be present.

Leo Babauta

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Jesus Christ

Small needs lead to a large life. Unknown

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

Inspirational Simplicity Quotes

Discern the vital few from the trivial many. Greg McKeown 

I will not say yes when my heart says no.

Courtney Carver

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

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

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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

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

Henry Miller

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

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates

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

Simplicity is the glory of expression.

Walt Whitman

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

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

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

Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus.

Edward de Bono

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

Receive without conceit, release without struggle. Marcus Aurelius

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

Winston Churchill

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

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

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

The greatest truths are the simplest: so likewise are the greatest men.

Augustus William Hare

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

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

To Sum Up

Hopefully you have enjoyed this big list of simplicity quotes.

There are lots to motivate and inspire you to live a simpler life.

I’d love to know which simplicity quotes are your favourites.

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