Friday, November 16, 2007

Simplicity Quotes

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

"Eliminate physical clutter.  More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter."
  ~D.H. Mondfleur
"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough."
  ~Author Unknown

"Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying.  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

"Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it."
  ~Robert Brault,

"The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple."
  ~Doris Janzen Longacre

"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
  ~John Burroughs

"The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life." 
~Robert Louis Stevenson

"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

"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

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

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." 
~Leonardo DaVinci

"Who is rich?  He who rejoices in his portion."
  ~The Talmud

"You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need."
  ~Vernon Howard
"The greatest truths are the simplest: so likewise are the greatest men."
  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

"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

"We don't need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants.  Not wanting something is as good as possessing it."
  ~Donald Horban

"The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination."
  ~Elbert Hubbard