By Maxime Lagacé
Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, powerful, and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.
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90% of people overthink things.
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.
The less I needed, the better I felt. Charles Bukowski
Less stuff equals more freedom. Maxime Lagacé
If buying stuff hasn’t made you happy, maybe getting rid of it will. Joshua Becker
Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. Leo Babauta
He who is contented is rich. Lao Tzu
I will not say yes when my heart says no. Courtney Carver
Receive without conceit, release without struggle. Marcus Aurelius
The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires. Seneca
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. Henry David Thoreau
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. William James
Saying no is more important than saying yes. Shane Parrish
Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. John Ruskin
He is not rich, that enjoyeth not his own goods. Pythagoras
Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn’t. Brian Gardner
Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks? Socrates
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The Best Simplicity Quotes
The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are. Mother Teresa
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth. Leo Tolstoy
Let’s stop telling each other how busy we are. Unknown
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
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
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
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The Most Famous Simplicity Quotes (Thoreau, Oprah, Bruce Lee, etc.)
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
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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
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. Winston Churchill
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
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
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Short Simplicity Quotes
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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.
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