100 Simplicity Quotes For More Simplicity In Your Life

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

90% of people overthink things.

The result?

They don’t make progress in their lives and they feel stuck.

That’s why I’ve collected 100 of the best simplicity quotes for you.

What’s my goal?

To help you find clarity and simplicity in your life.

You’ll discover great quotes from Buddha, Thoreau, Plato, Confucius, and many more.

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

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Less stuff equals more freedom. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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He who is contented is rich. Lao Tzu


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

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Receive without conceit, release without struggle. Marcus Aurelius

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The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires. Seneca

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

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


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Saying no is more important than saying yes. Shane Parrish

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Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. John Ruskin

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

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

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


The Best Simplicity Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Order your soul. Reduce your wants. Augustine of Hippo

Slow down. Do less. Maxime Lagacé

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Simplicity is the peak of civilization. Jessie Sampter

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

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. Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Part 2. Simplicity Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Simplicity Quotes (Thoreau, Oprah, Bruce Lee, etc.)

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

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity. Bruce Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The simplest things are often the truest. Richard Bach

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

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

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

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

Related: The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life (becomingminimalist.com)

Short Simplicity Quotes

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One-liners, short simplicity quotes, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato

The expression of truth is simplicity. Seneca

The greatest ideas are the simplest. William Golding

Simplicity compounds. Complexity zeros out. Shane Parrish

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

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

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

Simplify, then add lightness. Colin Chapman

If you’re not saying “HELL YEAH!” about it, say “no.” Derek Sivers (Hell yeah! Youtube video)

Simplicity is the essence of happiness. Cedric Bledsoe

The most complicated skill is to be simple. Dejan Stojanovic

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

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

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

Discern the vital few from the trivial many. Greg McKeown

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

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

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

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

My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety. Hank Stram

Poverty is my pride. Muhammed

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Jesus Christ

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

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

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

Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus. Edward de Bono

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

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


Funny And Surprising Simplicity Quotes

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Expert: Someone who brings confusion to simplicity. Gregory Nunn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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

Key Takeaways

  • Simplify your life: You need less than you think.
  • Get rid of stuff: Too much will drain your time and energy.
  • Focus on a handful of things: your health, love, and mission. Ignore everything else.
  • Who is wise? The one who knows what’s important and what’s not.
  • Want a simple way to simplify your life? Learn to say no, a lot (betterup.com)

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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.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

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

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

Last update

October 29, 2022

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