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50 Simplicity Quotes (to Help You Simplify Your Life)

Simplicity Quotes to Help You Simplify Your Life

It is December.

Year 2021 is right around the corner and I believe that we should all strive to simplify our life in 2021.

Simplicity reduces stress and therefore ensures you live a healthier life.

I hope these simplicity quotes will help you simplify your life.

50 Simplicity Quotes

1. “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” Albert Einstein

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

3. “Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.” Natalie Babbitt

4. “And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.” Nicholas Sparks

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

6. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Clare Boothe Luce

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

8. “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

9. “Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.” Lao Tzu

10. “Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” Joanne M. Harris

11. “A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.” Groucho Marx

12. “Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.” Langston Hughes

13. “The greatest ideas are the simplest.” William Golding

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

15. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” Bruce Lee

16. “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

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

18. “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; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.” Henry David Thoreau

19. “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

20. “Living simply makes loving simple.” Bell Hooks

21. “It’s as simple as that. Simple and complicated, as most true things are.” David Levithan

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

23. “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” John Maeda

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

25. “Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.” Ann Voskamp

26. “If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.” Ludwig Boltzmann

27. “A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. ” Victoria Moran

28. “Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.” Kailash Satyarthi

29. “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

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

31. “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

32. “Simplicity is the glory of expression.” Walt Whitman

33. “Don’t get me wrong, I admire elegance and have an appreciation of the finer things in life. But to me, beauty lies in simplicity.” Mark Hyman

34. “There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.” Leo Tolstoy

35. “I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.” Bobby Brown

36. “To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.” Bruce Lee

37. “The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.” Walt Whitman

38. “The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.” Douglas Horton

39. “Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” Frank Lloyd Wright

40. “I love dessert. All kinds. But there’s something about ice cream that makes me happy. I am drawn to its simplicity. I am perplexed by the endless supply of constantly growing flavor options. And I am always in the mood for sprinkles and a sugar cone.” Rachel Nichols

41. “Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.” Tim Burton

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

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

44. “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

45. ”People are remarkably bad at remembering long lists of goals. I learned this at a professional level when trying to get my high-performance coaching clients to stay on track; the longer their lists of to-dos and goals, the more overwhelmed and off-track they got. Clarity comes with simplicity.” Brendon Burchard

46. “I haven’t changed my mind about modernism from the first day I ever did it… It means integrity; it means honesty; it means the absence of sentimentality and the absence of nostalgia; it means simplicity; it means clarity. That’s what modernism means to me.” Paul Rand

47. “Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.” Edsger Dijkstra

48. “Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.” Paulo Coelho

49. ”Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.” Alan Perlis

50. I would absolutely love to go back to the simplicity of the ’80s, where there wasn’t texting, social media, iPhones, or smartphones. I love the fact that you would go home and check your messages. I’m not well suited to the world of modern technology.” Matthew Rhys

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