25 Thought Provoking Simplicity Quotes

by Kelvin Belfon

25 Simplicity Quotes

I love quotations! They oftentimes serve as a window into timeless insights that inspire our lives. Yet, we know that the truths and instructions they teach are not always easy to practice.

The following are 25 thought provoking simplicity quotes that have motivated my minimalist journey. I typically share these on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Be inspired. Please share them, but more importantly, practice them too!

  1. “He who buys what he doesn’t need steals from himself” ~ Swedish proverb
  1. “If you need to buy stuff just to organize your existing stuff, maybe you own too much stuff.” ~ Courtney Carver
  1. “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William Morris
  1. “Minimalism is not a decision to live with nothing. It is a decision to live with the essential.” ~Joshua Becker
  1. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” ~ Hans Hofmann
  1. “Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.” ~ H. Mondfleur
  1. “Stuff is not passive. Stuff wants your time, attention, allegiance. But you know it as well as I do, life is more important than the things we accumulate.” ~ Dave Bruno
  1. “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
  1. “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” ~ Jackie French Koller
  1. “Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.”~ Charles Warner
  1. “You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
  1. “Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.” ~ Linda Breen Pierce
  1. “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  1. “The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.” ~ Doris Janzen Longacre
  1. “Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” ~ Jesus Christ
  1. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
  1. “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” ~ Edwin Way Teale
  1. “It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
  1. “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.” ~ John the Baptist
  1. “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~ Socrates
  1. “Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them!” ~ Peace Pilgrim
  1. “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” ~ Steve Maraboli
  1. “Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.” ~ Christina Scalise
  1. “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” ~ John Maeda
  1. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

 

How might your life be improved if you just took one of these quotes and applied it fiercely to the rest of your life?

 

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9 thoughts on “25 Thought Provoking Simplicity Quotes

  1. Lahai S. says:

    Thank you so very much for sharing these powerful and inspiring quotes on minimalism! Very encouraging!

  2. Dan says:

    I like these
    I think they are worth printing and putting some place I can look at them often.
    Although printing them is anti minalist ….. Ok I put them on my phone lol

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Great idea Dan! It helps having these in a visible location as motivation. You’ll be alright printing a page or two 🙂

  3. Ariel K says:

    Thanks, there are here very important and basic rules within these quotes, great opening to touch each subject. With your approval, I’ll translate them to Hebrew (obviously with credits).

  4. Gabriele says:

    I think it is funny how I always have been kind of a minimalist. Not for any philosophical reason or because I am a great thinker, but because I never liked clutter and simplicity is the opposite of chaos. Plus I like a clean place and the more stuff you have the more you have to clean. I suppose it is more practical after all?! 🙂

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Gabriele, you are what I called a subconscious minimalist. That is, people who are minimalists without the labels. You are right too…it’s all about been practical in your approach. Always appreciate your comments!

    • D R says:

      My sentiments exactly, Gabriele! 🙂

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