25 Simplicity Quotes To Live By (Illustrated With Pictures)

This is a collection of my favorite simplicity quotes to live by. These quotes are my daily source of inspiration and I wanted to share them with you today to enlighten your simple living journey.

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“Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them!” – Peace Pilgrim


“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”  – Steve Maraboli


“Only great minds can afford a simple style” – Stendhal


“The cost of a thing is the amount of life which is required to be exchanged for it.” – Henry David Thoreau


“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” – Lao Tzu


“It’s not only the scenery you miss by going fast, you also miss the sense of where you are going and why” – Eddie Cantor


“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


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


“One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.” – Francis Jourdain


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


“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” – Charles Dudley Warner


“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” – Herbert Hoover


“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupe


“Dress to enjoy your day, not so that others can enjoy you.” – Courtney Carver


“Laughter is the best medicine.” – Proverb


“In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.” – Plato


“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates


“When you have cleared all of your clutter, you can be of greater service to those around you.” – Michael B. Kitson


“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris


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


“He who hoards much loses much”– Laotse


“Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau


“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann


“My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety.” – Hank Stram 


“I don’t need a lot of money. Simplicity is the answer for me.” – Linda McCartney 



What other simplicity quotes that have inspired you?

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9 Responses to 25 Simplicity Quotes To Live By (Illustrated With Pictures)

  1. Stephanie March 13, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    I particularly like the beautiful pictures with the quotes. There are several here that are inspiring! Thanks

  2. Om Prakash Bhatnagar March 14, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Nice quotations and presentations…….

  3. Amy Rogers March 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.

    I have a chalk board where we leave and return home and I like to keep an inspiring quote on it. You’ve given me some good ones to add to the rotation. Thanks!

    • Karina Alexeeva March 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      I love the quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and the photo you’ve chosen to illustrate it. If you get a chance, could you correct the spelling of the name of the author? It’s a minor slip in a wonderful post!

  4. Sher April 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    love the one about dressing to enjoy the day…never thought about it that way before!

  5. Life quotes April 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Very nice quotes and photo’s great work

  6. Vinayak June 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    It is so simple to be happy,
    But it is so difficult to be simple.

    ~ Rabindranath Tagore

  7. Patti Craig July 9, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    “Gratitude is the wine of the soul..” ~~ Rumi ~~
    “Leave your front door and back door open. Let your thoughts come and go. Just don’t serve them tea..” ~~Shunryu Suzuki ~~ “I don’t know anything about Conciousness, I just try to teach my students how to hear the Birds sing..” ~~ Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki 1905-1971……
    Thanks for allowing me to share….& thanks for all of these “sharings” The “simplicity” of them , helps a great deal in keeping my mind & spirit in a peaceful state….Thank You..


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