330 Simple Quotes

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 330 of the best simple quotes I could find. I hope you’ll find a few inspiring quotes to start your day. Enjoy!

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Simple words, repeated daily, can change your life. Maxime Lagacé

Be simple, be natural, be spontaneous. Osho

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Cut out all the bullshit and be awesome. Neil Strauss

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Simplicity means you know what’s important. @AmuseChimp

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Think about the world. Whitman Richards


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Dream huge. Think big. Plan small. Execute tiny. Farbood

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Focus on your craft, your body, and your mind. Shane Parrish

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Simplicity is strength. Complexity is weakness. Jack Butcher

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The highest level of mastery is simplicity. James Clear

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Complain and remain. Praise and be raised. Joyce Meyer


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Remain undisturbed. Maxime Lagacé

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Keep it simple, smooth and slow. Maxime Lagacé

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The road is life. Jack Kerouac

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The mind takes. The heart gives. @AmuseChimp

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Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Maya Angelou

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The Best Simple Quotes

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One day at a time. Haruki Murakami

Great things are always simple and modest. Leo Tolstoy

Blessed are those who make people feel blessed. Paulo Coelho

Keep things simple and remember what you set out to do. Charlie Munger

Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated. Fred Rogers

Simplicity is a sign of intelligence and mastery. Anthony Pompliano

Focus on what matters. Cut all the BS. Sam Altman

The solution is simple. You are complicated. Jack Butcher

Expect nothing. Accept everything. Anthony Hopkins

To be happy, accept. To be great, refuse. Maxime Lagacé


Water your plants and your job is done for today. Maxime Lagacé

Things are never complicated if one has principles. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Don’t give the small things more time than they deserve. Marcus Aurelius

Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for. Immanuel Kant

Your urge to control life controls you. Mooji

Get comfortable being uncomfortable. David Goggins

Happiness is simple. Everything we do to find it is complicated. Karen Maezen Miller

Desiring less is even more valuable than owning less. Joshua Becker (See also: becomingminimalist.com)

You will never own anything more valuable than your body. @AmuseChimp

Make peace with the present moment. Eckhart Tolle

Give the gift of your full presence. Haemin Sunim

Part 2. Simple Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Simple Quotes (Emerson, Socrates, Bruce Lee, etc.)

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I read and think. Warren Buffett (One of the richest man in the world)

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

It requires the greatest art to be simple. Carl Jung

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

The doer alone learns. Bruce Lee

A light heart lives long. William Shakespeare

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates

What is done in love is done well. Vincent van Gogh

You can’t know, you can only believe – or not. C.S. Lewis

Speak little, do much. Benjamin Franklin

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Don’t hate what you don’t understand. John Lennon

Be true to yourself. Always. Yoko Ono

You become what you think about. Earl Nightingale

Self-command is the main elegance. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Serve humanity. Leo Tolstoy

Love is life. Leo Tolstoy

Freely you have received; freely give. Matthew 10:8

Patience is the companion of wisdom. Augustine of Hippo

To do two things at once is to do neither. Publius Syrus

The greatest ideas are the simplest. William Golding (Lord of the Flies)

Art is the proper task of life. Friedrich Nietzsche

Short Simple Quotes

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Stay kind. Gary Vaynerchuk

Be here now. Ram Dass

Live in joy. Osho

Have courage. Maya Angelou

Do something. Mark Manson

Be mysterious. Maxime Lagacé

Order your soul. Augustine of Hippo

Less, but better. Dieter Rams

Your life is now. Eckhart Tolle

Outcome over ego. Shane Parrish

Character is fate. Heraclitus

Follow your bliss. Joseph Campbell

Do the right thing. Maxime Lagacé

Be kind, not blind. Paulo Coelho

Today, not tomorrow. Shane Parrish

This too shall pass. Thibaut

Consistency compounds. Jack Butcher

Don’t talk to talkers. @AmuseChimp

Think less, feel more. Osho

To define is to limit. Oscar Wilde

Give more, expect less. Maxime Lagacé

If it scares you, do it. Unknown

Trust one who has tried. Virgil

Work smarter, not harder. Shane Parrish

Be a blessing to somebody. Maya Angelou

Be present above all else. Naval Ravikant

You’re thinking too small. Unknown

Creation over consumption. Kamal Ravikant

Outward action and inner calm. @TheStoicEmperor

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Military saying

Less certainty. More curiosity. Neil Strauss

Good things, when short, are twice as good. Baltasar Gracián

Keep your word. Do what you say you will do. Thibaut


Inspirational And Motivational Simple Quotes

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If feels good to do things. Fred Rogers

Simplicity will make you free. Maxime Lagacé

Let your mind wander in simplicity. Zhuangzi

Just make something beautiful. Safi Bahcall

Awe is what moves us forward. Joseph Campbell

Change your interpretation, change your life. Neil Strauss

Be patient when it gets weird. Bob Goff

Act before you are ready. Robert Greene

Courage over comfort. Brené Brown

If it’s still in your mind, go for it. Paulo Coelho

Losers complain, winners do. @AmuseChimp

The challenge is the opportunity. Brian Norgard

Stop comparing and start creating. Brian Norgard

Fail quickly, succeed slowly. Johnny Uzan

Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become. Paramahansa Yogananda

Having no destination, I am never lost. Ikkyu

It’s mid-morning. I leave my phone inside, walk out to my backyard, and sit on a chair in the sun. James Clear

Your actions are your real priorities. James Clear

Reach out. You never know. Sahil Lavingia

Not taking risks is risky. Sahil Lavingia

Master your mind and defy the odds. David Goggins (Retired Navy SEAL)

Show people, don’t tell people. David Goggins

If you’re not dead try again. Jack Butcher

Limits, like fears, are often just and illusion. Michael Jordan

Relax and trust and watch the magic of existence. Mooji

Everything worth doing takes time. Justin Kan

Show the world who you are through your actions. Justin Kan

You are your best thing. Toni Morrison (Beloved)

A smile can bring a miracle. Thich Nhat Hanh

The miracle is to be alive. Thich Nhat Hanh

Every moment is a gift of life. Thich Nhat Hanh

The next message you need is always right where you are. Ram Dass

What you believe, you receive. Gabby Bernstein

Expect miracles. Gabby Bernstein

See also: Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life (zenhabits.net)

Funny Simple Quotes

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Do not dare not to dare. C.S. Lewis

Dogs bark at what they cannot understand. Heraclitus

The only thing I know for sure is that I don’t know sh*t. Justin Kan

Your opinions don’t make you a good person. @AmuseChimp

Argue with idiots, and you become an idiot. Paul Graham

I thought getting old would take longer. Sam Altman

Unsubscribe. Unfollow. Mute. Block. Walk away. Breathe. @TheMinimalists

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

Go to bed; tired is stupid. Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea)

Life is very simple. It’s work or it’s bullsh*t. Ernest Hemingway

Deep (And Sometimes Dark) Simple Quotes

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This is it. Alan Watts

Fear is the mind killer. Elon Musk

All conflict is self-conflict. Kapil Gupta

All conflict comes from attachment. Anthony de Mello

For greed, the entire world is too little. Seneca

You’re rich if you have a peaceful mind. Maxime Lagacé

I felt free and therefore I was free. Jack Kerouac

Beauty is a promise of happiness. Alain de Botton (The Architecture of Happiness)

I should be suspicious of what I want. Rumi

A man who is 100% sane is dead. Osho

Complexity repels. Simplicity attracts. Jack Butcher

Distraction is poverty. Presence is wealth. Jack Butcher

Your insecurity will be monetized. Jack Butcher

The hardest thing to do in the universe is to make the complex simple. Brian Norgard

Simplicity compounds. Complexity zeros out. Shane Parrish

Comfort kills our inner genius. @orangebook_

Sitting makes you stupid. @AmuseChimp

The beauty of things must be that they end. Jack Kerouac (Tristessa)

Death erodes all fears. James Pierce

Everyone you meet is going to die. Be nice. Sahil Lavingia

Be the silence that listens. Tara Brach

Silence is talk too. African proverb

Without deviation progress is not possible. Frank Zappa

Hope clouds observation. Frank Herbert (Dune)

If you have more than 3 priorities then you don’t have any. Jim Collins

Your soul is the whole world. Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha)

What you are the world is. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Wise Simple Quotes And Proverbs (Words of Wisdom)

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Do the job right the first time. Charlie Munger

You are not your mind. Eckhart Tolle

Actions, not words, reveal our real values. Derek Sivers

If it’s useless, ignore it. Maxime Lagacé

Increase your outputs. Decrease your inputs. Maxime Lagacé

In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, Amazon book)

The sage shuns excess, shuns grandiosity, shuns arrogance. Lao Tzu

Virtue is the root; wealth is the result. Confucius

Be present, be patient, be gentle, be kind… everything else will take care of itself. Unknown Buddhist monk

The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go. Atisha

Attach, you lose. Detach, you gain. Joseph Emmett

What you possess, you lose. Zen proverb

When you get there, there isn’t any there there. Zen proverb

Even if you have to go in a hurry, go slowly. Tibetan proverb

The entire teaching of Buddhism can be summed up in this way: Nothing is worth holding on to. Jack Kornfield

Don’t predict. Prepare. Shane Parrish

Ask more and assume less. Shane Parrish

Effective over efficient. Doing over watching. Shane Parrish

To know ten thousand things, know one well. Musashi Miyamoto⁣

No mud, no lotus. Thich Nhat Hanh

Take some time off to go within, in silence. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Get still and you will see. Byron Katie

See also: 12 Habits for life (8 minutes YouTube video by Matt D’Avella)

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Simple Quotes About Life

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Life is for service. Fred Rogers

Life begins where fear ends. Osho

That’s life: starting over, one breath at a time. Sharon Salzberg

Chase your passion not your safety. Paulo Coelho

To save time, stop looking for shortcuts. Shane Parrish

Living well is the ultimate art form. Sahil Lavingia

Work tirelessly. Eat healthy. Sleep well. Joe De Sana

More patience, more presence, less anxiety. Naval Ravikant

Grace will take you places hustling can’t. Brené Brown (Rising Strong)

Tomorrow is overrated. Today is underrated. Thibaut

Avoid instant gratification. Maxime Lagacé

The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money. Warren Buffett

Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be. Sonia Ricotti

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. Alice Walker (Revolutionary Petunias)

Surrender is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life. Eckhart Tolle

Life is simple. It’s what we believe about life that complicates it. Byron Katie

What this age needs is awakening. Søren Kierkegaard

The noble must make humility his root. Lao Tzu

Give life a chance to flow its own way. Mooji

We live forward, we understand backward. William James

Simple Quotes About Happiness

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Accept everything just the way it is. Miyamoto Musashi

If you chase something, it goes. If you stop, it comes. Maxime Lagacé

Happiness is not found in amusement. Aristotle

Happiness is getting rid of the unnecessary. Paulo Coelho

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them. Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist, Amazon book)

Now is now. Are you going to be here or not? Ram Dass

Just try, try to be right here, open, honest, straight. Ram Dass

Where fear is, happiness is not. Seneca

Drop becoming! Being is enough. Osho

It is not possible to have fun when you try. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Flow with whatever happens and let your mind be free. Zhuangzi

Enjoy it. Because it’s happening. Stephen Chbosky

Slow down. Appreciate your life. @DailyZen

Double the amount of time you spend outside. Erica Layne

Remember: You choose to let things bother you. Robert Greene

Don’t take anything personally. Don Miguel Ruiz

Act without expectation. Lao Tzu

If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. Lao Tzu

To be content with nothing is to have everything. Shane Parrish

There’s no situation we can’t make peace with. Byron Katie

I’m a lover of what is. It’s too good to miss. Byron Katie

True abundance is an inside job. Gabby Bernstein

Give yourself permission to slow down. Gabby Bernstein

Stop and sink into this timeless moment. Mooji

Rest is holy. Get some. Bob Goff

Let it go. Tim Ferriss

Simple Quotes About Friendship

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Avoid boring people. Josh Wolfe

Whoever cannot give, also receives nothing. Friedrich Nietzsche

Help yourself, then everyone will help you. Friedrich Nietzsche

Friends are precious. Show them. Maxime Lagacé

Respect me and I’ll respect you. Simple. Unknown

Don’t compare yourself to others. James Clear

Only keep the question, ‘What is the best way of helping other people?’ Seung Sahn

If you’ve been blessed, be a blessing. Bill Campbell

Do not waste time on things you cannot change or influence. Robert Greene

Make a difference about something other than yourselves. Toni Morrison

See also: How to stop Giving a F*ck (11 minutes YouTube video by Matt D’Avella)

Simple Quotes About Love

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Give until it feels good. Byron Katie

Have enough courage to love. Maya Angelou

Those who love truly live. Maxime Lagacé

Love everyone, serve everyone. Maharajji

To give yourself up without regret is the greatest charity. Bodhidharma

Let your heart be as big as it can possibly be. Swami Chetanananda

I love seeing you happy. Faraway

Love without sacrifice is like theft. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all. Toni Morrison (Beloved)

Something that is loved is never lost. Toni Morrison (Beloved)

Love doesn’t keep score. Shane Parrish

Love is unconditional. Shane Parrish

Love is the goal, life is the journey. Osho

The ego is exploitation; love is service. Osho

Love is a great beautifier. Louisa May Alcott

Love is given, not received. Naval Ravikant

Love those you hate you. Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)

The soul is awakened through service. Erica Jong

Let love direct your life. Gabby Bernstein

You are loved. You are love. Gabby Bernstein

Simple Quotes About Education, Learning

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Understand, don’t memorize. Richard Feynman

What I learned on my own I still remember. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

You become what you understand. Søren Kierkegaard

Do not think that you know. Zhuangzi

Dare to be naïve. Buckminster Fuller

Be humble, or be humbled. Justin Kan

You’re wise when you laugh at yourself. Maxime Lagacé

The most complicated skill is to be simple. Dejan Stojanovic

Just be in the simple and innocent state of I don’t know. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Fools ignore complexity. Geniuses remove it. Alan Perils

When learning, explore widely. When mastering, focus narrowly. James Clear

Being curious is better than being smart. James Clear

Comfort is the enemy of progress. Carlos Del Valle

Only mediocrity is sure of itself. Paulo Coelho

Learn voraciously. Sam Altman

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw

Look back only to learn. Thibaut

Learn as much as you can, about as many things as you want. Thibaut

No pride + no shame = lifelong growth. @orangebook_

Cut your ties to the past; enter unknown territory. Robert Greene

Simple Quotes About Motivation, Success

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Knowing isn’t acting. Paulo Coelho

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Paulo Coelho

No gamble, no future. Jason Calacanis

Stop thinking and do something. David Goggins

Take a simple idea and take it seriously. Charlie Munger

Just be patient. Charlie Munger

Always take your job seriously, never yourself. Fox Connor

Amateurs fear failure. Pros crave it. Jeff Goins

Amateurs go faster. Professionals go further. Shane Parrish

Strategy often beats sweat. James Clear

The ultimate productivity hack is saying no. James Clear

Say no to nearly everything. Say yes to what remains. Repeat daily. James Clear

Ask for what you want. Sam Altman

Be hungry, honest, and vulnerable. Michael Gervais

The best in the world train their inner world. Michael Gervais

Discomfort precedes growth. Eric Peng

Discipline is delayed gratification. Preethi Kasireddy

Criticism is easy. Creation is hard. Noah Kagan

Risk is the currency of the remarkable. Jack Butcher

Build or be billed. Jack Butcher

Keep what works. Delete what doesn’t. Jack Butcher

Make yourself useful. Jack Butcher

Winners play harder. Jack Butcher

Do the next right thing. Frank O’Dea

Be dynamic or deteriorate. Angela Jiang

The greatest superpower is the ability to change yourself. Naval Ravikant

Stories change more minds than data. Sahil Lavingia

Some people talk. Some people do. Few do both. Shane Parrish

Your belief in any idea will give life to it. Mooji

Love the craft, be a craftsman. Ryan Holiday

Be greedy with your time. @LifeMathMoney

Avoid petty things. Focus on the important ones. Maxime Lagacé

Endure short-term pain. Seek long-term rewards. Maxime Lagacé

Learn when you lose. Be careful when you win. Maxime Lagacé

The whole world is not looking at you. Thibaut

Whatever you feel you become. Osho

See also: How To Motivate Yourself: 3 Steps Backed By Science (bakadesuyo.com)

Part 4. Conclusion

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You are the Universe. It is not something outside you. Wayne Dyer

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Last update

February 9, 2022

Originally published

April 8, 2020

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