95 Simplicity Quotes To Inspire A Simple Life

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A collection of inspirational simplicity quotes that’ll show you the beauty of living a simple life and remind you to enjoy the small and little things.

We are often guilty of constantly wanting more. Always looking for new things to add to our lives.

Sometimes, you may even find yourself trying to make things harder and more complicated when in fact, there is an easier and simpler way or path to take.

I believe that appreciating simple things and learning to live a simple life is a vital key in achieving peace of mind and finding lasting happiness. It can give us a sense of calmness and contentment.

As cliche as this may sound, less can truly be more.

May these inspirational quotes about simplicity below inspire you to find the beauty and wonder in simple things and help you stop complicating life.

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Simplicity Quotes and Sayings

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.

— Frederic Chopin

What a small thing it seems, to walk with the one you love. To look forward to a day with them. I marvel at the simplicity of this moment. And I thank the skies for the miracle of it.

— Sabaa Tahir

If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.

— Albert Einstein

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

— Jeff Rich

Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.

— Natalie Babbitt

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.

Leo Tolstoy

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

— Henry David Thoreau

Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.

— Kailash Satyarthi

Manifest plainness,

Embrace simplicity,

Reduce selfishness,

Have few desires.

— Lao Tzu

I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.

— Bobby Brown

One should use common words to say uncommon things

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.

— Isaac Newton

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.

— E.F. Schumacher

Comfort and simplicity are two keys that I follow when it comes to fashion.

— Fawad Khan

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

— Confucius

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.

— Douglas Horton

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

— Jack Kerouac

I have had to learn the simplest things last. Which made for difficulties.

— Charles Olsen

Motivational Simplicity Quotes

The expression of truth is simplicity.

— Seneca

Complex things are easy to do. Simplicity’s the real challenge.

— Robert James Waller

Everything you buy or own might not necessarily bring you value or meaning to your life. In fact, they might come in your way and distract you from the bigger picture. You will find that simplicity is always better than complexity.

— Summer Andrews

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

— Laura Ingalls Wilder

A person with taste is merely one who can recognize the greatest beauty in the simplest things.

— Barbara Taylor Bradford

Simplicity is the soul of efficiency.

— Austin Freeman

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

— Francine Jay

Less stuff equals more freedom.

— Maxime Lagacé

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.

— Coco Chanel

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

— Mother Teresa

Simplicity is not style, it is a state of harmony.

— Naoto Fukasawa

People often associate complexity with deeper meaning, when often after precious time has been lost, it is realized that simplicity is the key to everything.

— Gary Hopkins

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

The simplest things are often the truest.

— Richard Bach

Simplifying your life may not be as simple as it sounds but you will be able to simplify your life when you get clear and focus on what is most important to you.

— Donald Allen

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

— Alexander Sattler

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

— Derek Landy

When you begin to pursue simplicity and make different decisions than you used to make, people will inevitably take notice.

— Mike Burns

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

— Henry David Thoreau

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Inspirational Simplicity Quotes

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

— Robert Brault

Simplicity is the key to brilliance.

— Bruce Lee

Simplicity quotes

You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight into our hearts.

— Cochise (“Like Ironweed”)

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

— Hans Hofmann

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.

— Steve Maraboli

Life is simple. You just have to stop trying to figure it out.

— Marty Rubin

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.

— John Maeda

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

— Lao Tzu

In simplicity there is truth.

— River Phoenix

Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.

— Philip James Bailey

A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.

— Winston Churchill

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

— Charles Dudley Warner

Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product. That’s not simple.

— Jonathan Ive

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

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

— Charles Mingus

Simplicity is the trademark of genius.

— Robin Sharma

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

— Albert Einstein

Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.

— Edward Tufte

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

— Henry Wandsworth

Wise Simplicity Quotes

Life is simple. You just have to stop trying to figure it out.

— Marty Rubin

Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments.

— Bryant McGill

The greatest ideas are the simplest.

— William Golding

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.

— Henry David Thoreau

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

— Isaac Newton

Keep it simple and keep it real. The more basic we see our connection to God and Spirit, the easier it is to feel like you’re a part of it.

— Jim Fargiano

Take the time to observe the simple and ponder upon the seemingly insignificant. You’ll find a wealth of depth and beauty.

— Melanie Charlene

Living simply makes loving simple.

— bell hooks

Enjoy the simple, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work.

— Benjamin Hoff

It’s as simple as that. Simple and complicated, as most true things are.

— David Levithan

It’s strange how the simple things in life go on while we become difficult.

— Richard Brautigan

Fill everything, but own nothing.

We are vessels, not containers

— Dr. Toyin Omofoye

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

— Henry David Thoreau

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.

— Ann Voskamp

The way to happy – keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry, live simply, expect little, give much.

— Carol Borges

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

All the problems you have are simple. What’s complicated is getting you to see simplicity.

— Meir Ezra

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.

— Bruce Lee

To say more while saying less is the secret of being simple.

— Dejan Stojanovic

More Quotes About Simplicity

Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.

— Rousseau Jean-Jacques

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

— Marty Rubin

The key to a good meal is simplicity and the right seasoning.

— Buddy Valastro

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

— Steve Maraboli

I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun.

— Elliott Erwitt

It is desirable that a man live in all respects so simply and preparedly that if an enemy take the town… he can walk out the gate empty-handed and without anxiety.

— Henry David Thoreau

There is a beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions.

— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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

I am convinced that there can be luxury in simplicity.

— Jil Sander

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.

— Alan Perlis

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

— Confucius

Our joy comes from living our own lives simply – never from demanding that others live simply or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.

— Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.

— Albrecht Durer

There are times when wisdom cannot be found in the chambers of parliament or the halls of academia but at the unpretentious setting of the kitchen table.

— E.A. Bucchianeri

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.

— Thomas a Kempis

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.

— Henry David Thoreau

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

— Walt Whitman

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