Inspirational Quotes about Minimalism and Simple Life

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In the past couple of years, I have been actively simplifying my life. Minimalist living has lead me to let go of the things that I don’t need and doesn’t bring any joy or purpose anymore in my life. I also let go of the toxic relationships and focused on building a meaningful relationship with the people that truly matter and cares within the inner circle of my relationship tiers.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication is indeed true. Living a simple life definitely helps you to focus on important things and also great for your overall well-being.

Here are some of the inspiring simplicity quotes and minimalist quotes that hopefully will inspire you to pursue the life of less worldly stuff, and live a simple and meaningful life with less.

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Here’s the wise words about minimalism and living a simple life that will inspire you today!

  • “But I deal with this by meditating and by understanding I’ve been put on the planet to serve humanity. I have to remind myself to live simply and not overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world.” Sandra Cisneros
  • “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” Jackie French Koller
  • “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
  • “One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” Tenzin Palmo.
  • “The intention of voluntary simplicity is not to dogmatically live with less. It’s a more demanding intention of living with balance. This is a middle way that moves between the extremes of poverty and indulgence.” Duane Elgin.           
  • “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.
  • “The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.”- Doris Janzen Longacre.
  • “Any half-awake materialist well knows – that which you hold holds you.” Tom Robbins.
  • “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.
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“The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”
– Elise Boulding.

  • “If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.” Dalai Lama.
  •  “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” Thich Nhat Hanh.
  • “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” Vernon Howard.
  • “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.
  •  “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
  • “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labours of life reduce themselves.” Edwin Way Teale.
  • “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.
  • “Make things as simple as possible but no simpler.” Albert Einstein.
  • “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.
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“Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.”
-Katharine Fullerton Gerould.

  • “One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.” Francis Jourdain.
  • “It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.” Bertrand Russell.
  • “We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.” Anna C. Brackett.
  • “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris.
  • “You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” Charles Spurgeon.
  • “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” Leo Tolstoy.
  • “Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.” Henry David Thoreau.
  • “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.” Baha’u’llah.
  • It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.” Henry Ward Beecher. “
  • “Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit experience and the last effort of genius.” George Sand.

“My riches consist, not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.”
-Joseph Brotherton.

  • “Live simply so that others may simply live.” Elizabeth Ann Seton.
  • “Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.” Hosea Ballou.
  • “With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.” Lope de Vega.
  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci.
  • “Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” Thomas a Kempis.
  • “If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life.” Wu-Men.
  • “Poverty is my pride.” Muhammed.
  • “If one had taken what is necessary to cover one’s needs and had left the rest to those who are in need, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, no one would be in need.” Saint Basil.
  • “Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants.” Epictetus.
  • “It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” Seneca.

“Love people and use things, because the opposite never works.”
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  • “Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” Jesus Christ.
  • “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and he who has food is to do likewise.” John the Baptist.
  • “Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” Epicurus.
  • “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” Socrates.
  • “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.
  • “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucious.
  • “To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.” Buddha.
  • “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” ― Nathan W. Morris
  • “I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.” ― Bob Newhart
  • “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” ― Francine Jay, Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify

“You sell off the kingdom piece by piece and trade it for a horse that will take you anywhere.”
Colin Wright, My Exile Lifestyle

  • “The purposeful destruction of information is the essence of intelligent work.” ― Ray Kurzweil, The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
  • “Eyes blinded by the fog of things cannot see the truth.  Ears deafened by the din of things cannot hear the truth.  Brains bewildered by the whirl of things cannot think the truth.  Hearts deadened by the weight of things cannot feel the truth. Throats choked by the dust of things cannot speak the truth.” Harold Bell Wright, The Uncrowned King
  • “You can kill people with sound. And if you can kill, then maybe there is also the sound that is opposite of killing. And the distance between these two points is very big. And you are free–you can choose. In art everything is possible, but everything is not necessary.” ― Arvo Pärt
  • “I’ve found that the less stuff I own, the less my stuff owns me.” ― Nathan W. Morris
  • “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” -Nathan W. Morris
  • “Clearing clutter—be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual—brings about ease and inspires a sense of peace, calm, and tranquillity.” ― Laurie Buchanan, PhD
  • “A minimalist by intent, I live a beautiful life with fewer things—simple, yet full.” ― Laurie Buchanan, PhD
  • “Declutter your mind, your heart, your home. Let go of the heaviness that is weighing you down. Make your life simple, but significant.” ― Maria Defillo
  • “Getting rich doesn’t mean you will receive a special bonus and your days will become 25 hours long instead of 24.” ― Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
  • “Imagine you are going on vacation to a fun place where you can relax, eat well and enjoy your hobbies… What would you put in your suitcase? Now, let’s imagine you decide to live a permanently fun life where you live… What are you waiting to get rid of what did not fit in your luggage?” ― Rodolfo Peon

“I strive for simplicity and believe simplicity is beauty.”
― Allan Alder

  • “I’m more interested in having a place to work out my voice and my body than I am in having furniture.” ― Wendy O. Williams
  • “Learn to live with less so that you appreciate more.” ― James Ryan
  • “How much does he lack himself, he who must have many things?” ― Sen no Rikyū
  • “Minimalism is really about the reassessment of priorities, so you can remove unnecessary things from your life; get rid of things like possessions, activities, and relationships that do not improve or bring value to your life.” ― Jane Andrews, Minimalism: Discover the Power of Less: Free Yourself from Stress and Clutter with Minimalism
  • “Minimalism can help you find contentment and satisfaction and finally put meaning into your life. Just removing unnecessary things that do not bring any value to you will essentially open the door to a brand new perspective on living.” ― Jane Andrews, Minimalism: Discover the Power of Less: Free Yourself from Stress and Clutter with Minimalism
  • “Is the Life You’re Living Worth the Price You’re Paying to Live It?” ― Tony Schwartz, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance
  • “Getting through life without a lot of money, possessions, and/or friends is admirable, especially if it is by choice.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  • “Getting through life without a lot of money, possessions, and/or friends is admirable, especially if it is by choice.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  • “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” ― Coco Chanel
  • “Minimalism is saying all by saying nothing.” ― Will Advise

“Reduce what you have. Decrease what you want.”
― Jonathan Star, Tao Te Ching

  • “Real luxury is not working like a maniac to take an expensive vacation–it is living a life you enjoy every day.” ― Kathy Gottberg, Rightsizing * a Smart Living 365 Guide to Reinventing Retirement
  • “When you give your items away, don’t keep the excess of your pride.” ― Bremer Acosta, Stoic Practice
  • “You don’t need more space. You need less stuff.” ― Joshua Becker, The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
  • “Your home is living space, not storage space.” ― Francine Jay
  • “If you cannot afford yourself any luxuries for the time being, at least offer yourself the one priceless luxury no one can take away from you – your time” ― Lauren Klarfeld
  • “The point is that minimalism is a tool to help you achieve freedom. Freedom from fear, freedom from worry, freedom from overwhelm, freedom from guilt, freedom from depression, freedom from enslavement. Freedom. Real freedom.” ― Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
  • “The problem: we put more value on our stuff than on our space” ― Francine Jay, The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life
  • “There’s a fine line between minimalism and not trying very hard.” ― Tom Pappalardo
  • “Useless and precious objects. Taking up space. Taking up time.” ― Maira Kalman, My Favorite Things
  •  “If you have clutter in your real life, your tangible life, then it really adds to the emotional clutter in your mind.” ― Giuliana Rancic, I Do, Now What?: Secrets, Stories, and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple

“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.” ― Joshua Becker, Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life

  • “Simplicity is complex. It’s never simple to keep things simple. Simple solutions require the most advanced thinking.” ― Richie Norton
  • “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” ― Joshua Becker
  • “Owning less is better than organizing more.” ― Joshua Becker, Clutterfree with Kids
  • “I am a worried person with a stressed-out soul, living a simple life with no capital.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
  • “Don’t just declutter, de-own.” ― Joshua Becker, Clutterfree with Kids
  • “A well-used minimum suffices for everything.” ― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days
  • “Minimalism means not trying to improve perfection.” ― Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life
  • “Minimalism is the new extra mile.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  • “Make art and live simply.” ― Shawn Lukas
  • “I’m a minimalist. I don’t really need much to enjoy a good holiday – just my family and the bare essentials. ” –  Jean Reno

“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 will not be weakness.”
—Henry David Thoreau

  • You don’t really need much. I try to live my life with that sort of minimalist mentality. -Nathan Phillips
  • “Don’t ask what the work is. Rather, see what the work does.” -Eva Hesse
  • “There is a poetic nature to minimalism that is about striking a balance between full and empty.” -Jennie C. Jones
  • “If I already have a vision, my work is almost done. The rest is a technical problem.” -Hiroshi Sugimoto

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