I love quotes and most of the time I find myself drawing inspiration from them.
There are hundreds of quotes from well-known people that denote or imply simplicity and minimalism and I pretty much like most of them.
For the sake of this post, I would like to share 10 of my most favorite.
Here they are:
1. “Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.” – Linda Breen Pierce
2. “Simplicity is complex. It's never simple to keep things simple. Simple solutions require the most advanced thinking.” – Richie Norton
Ironically, living a life of simplicity and minimalism is not always easy. There are perhaps many reasons why, but our human instinct to make things more complicated than what they really are is probably one of them. For example, when decorating a room, a natural reaction is to fill it with dozens of ornaments and furniture. But in reality having only a few, and only those with real purpose, beauty, and meaning is much better.
3. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
4. “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” – Jackie French Koller
5. “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
6. “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
7. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann
8. “We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy.” – Richard Foster
9. “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
10. “Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.” – Harold Kushner