30 Awesome Quotes On Simplicity

For those who have been around the site or followed me on TwitterFacebook, you probably will recognize many of the quotes on simplicity below.

I am a big fan of keeping things simple (but not overly simplistic in substance). It is more about reducing the clutter and noise, so you can do less and get more from it.

To focus on what really matters (and brings the most results and enjoyment in return) and letting go of the rest.

It’s not always easy, and takes daily practice but the rewards are worth it.

So I wanted to put together in one place all the quotes on simplicity that I have come to enjoy over the years, and hope they can inspire you as well.

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

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” ~ Plato

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

“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

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

“Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.” ~ Thor Heyerdahl

“Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.”~ Edwin Way Teale

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

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

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

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

“The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.” ~ Orison Marden

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

“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

“Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.” ~ Martin H. Fischer

“It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.” ~ William of Occam

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

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

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

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

“Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.” ~ Edward Tuft

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

“How many things are there which I do not want.” ~ Socrates

“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

“Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more.” ~ John Kabat-Zinn

“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

“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

“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu

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