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353 Simply Great Quotes About Simplicity and Minimalism

  • Last updated Jun 28 2021

K.I.S.S. - "Keep it Simple and Smile" - has always been a favorite of mine and for me, when I remember to take that approach then less grief, and more success and happiness, comes into my life. Here we have assembled the best quotes we could find on simplicity, the simple life, minimalism, - the whole concept of less is more - for you to contemplate. Please share the ones you like best. We wish you a peaceful, relaxing, simply wonderful day!

--Pablo Picasso
--Walt Whitman
--Samuel Smiles
--William Golding

Longer Version:

The greatest ideas are the simplest. Now there was something to be done they worked with passion.


--Henry Miller
--Maurice Sendak
--Freequill
--Charles Wagner
--Winston Churchill

Longer Version:

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.


--Richard Dawkins
--Albert Einstein
--Alfred North Whitehead
--Tim Ferriss
--Unknown Author
--Alexander Pope
--Bruce Lee
--Charlie Chaplin
--Bell hooks
--Leo Babauta
--Ovid
--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumbnail. In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live.


--David Hockney
--Unknown Author
--Charlie Chaplin
--Herman Boerhaave
--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
--Robin S. Sharma
--Sesan Kareem
--Albert Einstein
--Elsie De Wolfe
--Jessie Sampter
--Cedric Bledsoe
--Papa Ramadas
--G.K. Chesterton
--Jakob Nielsen
--Avijeet Das
--Jonathan Ive
--Avijeet Das
--Thomas Edison
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
--Unknown Author
--Marty Rubin
--Leonardo da Vinci
--Edsger Dijkstra
--Henry David Thoreau
--Shane Parrish
--Ann Voskamp
--Laura Chouette
--Marsden Hartley
--Jack Kerouac
--Socrates
--Sheng Yen
--Albrecht Durer
--G. K. Chesterton
--William Shakespeare
--Joshua Becker
--Charles Mingus

Longer Version:

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.


--Steven Magee
--Andy Mineo
--Greg McKeown
--Socrates
--George Meredith
--Ward Cunningham
--Jean-Jacques Rousseau
--Marty Rubin
--Anthony J. D'Angelo
--Kazuki Takahashi
--Friedrich Nietzsche
--Dalai Lama
--Erik Spoelstra
--Felix Adler
--Thor Heyerdahl
--Bonnie McKee
--Mike Crapo
--Gregory Nunn
--Lance Wallnau
--Unknown Author
--Ne-Yo
--Auguste Rodin
--Amelia Barr
--Ginni Rometty
--Meir Ezra
--Bruce Lee

Longer Version:

The height of cultivation runs to simplicity. Halfway cultivation runs to ornamentation.


--Izabella Scorupco
--Joseph Brackett
--Hunter Post
--Deborah Harkness
--Jean-Louis Gassée
--Charles M. Schulz
--William Of Occam
--Doris P. Johnson
--Philip James Bailey
--Jil Sander
--Horace Fletcher
--Michael Leunig
--Dante Alighieri
--Dean Koontz
--Vernon Howard
--Orison Swett Marden
--William Wordsworth
--Gautama Buddha
--Miranda Kerr
--Joshua Becker
--Frank Lloyd Wright
--Diane von Furstenberg
--Stephane Rolland
--Dipanjan Chaterjee
--William Penn
--Mark Twain

Longer Version:

Plain question and plain answer make the shortest road out of most perplexities..


--Eleanor Roosevelt
--Alexander Pope
--Andre Gide
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
--Mahrukh Memon
--Fred Rogers
--Mother Teresa
--Marty Rubin
--John Steinbeck
--Edward de Bono
--DMX
--Joe Gebbia
--Maurice Saatchi
--Amit Kalantri
--William Morris
--Francis of Assisi
--Steve Jobs

Longer Version:

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.


--Alice Roosevelt Longworth
--Amit Kalantri
--Meir Ezra
--Francois Fenelon
--Hans Hofmann
--Johan Cruijff
--Kailash Satyarthi
--Maria Shriver
--Jonathan Ive
--William Morris
--Jonathan Lockwood Huie
--M.H. Boroson
--Craig D. Lounsbrough
--Unknown Author
--Albert Camus
--Laura Nyro
--Barbara Taylor Bradford
--Sonny Bill Williams
--Marie Kondo
--Walt Whitman
--Douglas Coupland
--Steve Maraboli
--Don Altman
--Chuck Palahniuk
--Cait Flanders
--Socrates
--Isaac Newton
--Tom Landry
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
--Alysa Bajenaru
--Greg McKeown
--Doris Janzen Longacre
--Francine Jay
--Laura Ingalls Wilder
--Alfred North Whitehead
--Thomas a Kempis
--John D. Rockefeller
--Douglas Adams
--Bruce Lee
--Paramahansa Yogananda
--Edward Teller
--Socrates
--Bertrand Russell
--Alberto Caeiro
--Will Rogers
--Albert Einstein
--Albert Einstein
--Paulo Coelho
--Marty Rubin
--Bruce Lee
--Bobby Brown
--Jon Kabat-Zinn
--Paulo Coelho
--Fyodor Dostoevsky
--Richard P. Feynman
--Book Of Mormon
--Ashleigh Brilliant
--Albert Schweitzer
--Dejan Stojanovic
--Albert Camus
--Richard Feynman
--Amit Kalantri
--Norman Vincent Peale
--Buddy Valastro
--Confucius
--Sir Joshua Reynolds
--Aristotle
--Robert James Waller
--W. Somerset Maugham
--Seneca the Younger
--Meir Ezra
--Oscar Wilde
--Henry Adams
--Steve Jobs
--Eric Hoffer
--Francine Jay
--Vikrmn
--Oscar Wilde
--Bremer Acosta
--Albert Einstein
--Joshua Becker
--Brian Gardner
--Curnonsky
--Steve Maraboli
--Koichi Kawana
--Mehmet Murat ildan
--Natsuki Takaya
--Augustus Hare
--Charles Dudley Warner
--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
--Leo Tolstoy
--Albert Einstein
--Mahlon Hoagland
--Amit Kalantri
--Leo Tolstoy
--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
--Mark Twain
--Robert Brault
--Epictetus
--Mother Teresa
--Mother Teresa
--River Phoenix
--Laura Ingalls Wilder
--Robert Brault
--Swami Vivekananda
--Edward de Bono
--Louisa May Alcott
--Colin Chapman
--Charles Bukowski
--Richard Bach
--Douglas Horton
--Robert Brault
--Bell hooks
--Cicero
--Dieter Rams
--Eleanor Roosevelt
--Clement Mok
--Pythagoras

--Reinhold Messner
--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable but positive hindrances to our progress. Our life is frittered away by detail. I say let your affairs be as two or three, not a hundred or a thousand. And keep your accounts on your thumb nail.


--Benjamin Hoff
--Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
--Jon Kabat-Zinn
--Thomas Aquinas
--Socrates
--Andy Stanley
--Noam Chomsky
--Paul Rand
--James Cash Penney
--Francis Jourdain
--Marcus Aurelius
--Frank Lloyd Wright
--Edward de Bono
--Marcus Aurelius
--Confucius
--Leo Babauta
--Albert Einstein
--Jack Ma
--Douglas Horton
--Drew Barrymore
--Thomas Mann
--Warren Buffett
--Paulo Coelho
--Thich Thien-An
--Seneca the Younger
--John Ruskin
--Lin Yutang
--Agesilaus
--Edward Tuft
--Jack Kerouac
--Lin Yutang
--Philip Wylie
--Socrates
--Henry David Thoreau
--Victor Papanek
--Steve Jobs
--Henry David Thoreau
--Aristotle
--Robert Brault
--John Maeda
--Vauvenargues
--Duke Ellington
--Gary Hopkins
--Elise Boulding
--Criss Jami
--Kahlil Gibran
--Cristobal Balenciaga
--Plato
--Christopher Lasch
--Groucho Marx
--Carole Bouquet
--Rainer Maria Rilke
--Hank Stram
--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!


--Henry David Thoreau
--Edwin Way Teale
--Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould
--Henry David Thoreau
--Confucius
--Jon Franklin
--Frederic Chopin
--Tom Clancy
--Albert Einstein

Longer Version:

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.


--Stephen Hawking
--Ciara
--Charles Bukowski
--Ronald Reagan
--Charles Bukowski
--Pete Seeger
--Albert Einstein
--Henry David Thoreau
--Martin H. Fischer

Longer Version:

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


--Mia Stainsby
--Linus Torvalds
--Toba Beta
--Steve Maraboli
--Lin Yutang

--Francis of Assisi
--Steve Maraboli
--Laura Ingalls Wilder
--Seneca the Younger
--Henry David Thoreau
--John Maeda
--E.T.A. Hoffmann
--Margaret Molloy
--Agatha Christie
--Stella McCartney
--Al McGuire
--Eckhart Tolle
--Jason Cooley
--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
--Alan Perlis
--Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
--Richard O. Moore
--Marty Rubin
--Laozi (Lao-Tzu)
--Constantin Brancusi
--Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
--Bryant H. McGill
--Coco Chanel
--Ritchie Blackmore

Longer Version:

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.


--Harry Styles
--Fennel Hudson
--Alicia Keys
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