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Simply Great Quotes About Simplicity and Minimalism

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!

Quote: Live simply so others may simply live. by author Mother Teresa overlaid on photo of green-leafed trees during daytime
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Live simply so others may simply live.


Quote: Simplicity is the glory of expression. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime
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Simplicity is the glory of expression.


Quote: A place for everything, and everything in its place. by author Samuel Smiles overlaid on photo of adult black and tan dachshund
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A place for everything, and everything in its place.


Quote: How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart. by author William Wordsworth overlaid on photo of stainless steel key on brown rod
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How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.


Quote: 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. by author Lin Yutang overlaid on photo of solid background
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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.


Quote: Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of 2 girls in blue dress standing on brown field during daytime
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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


Quote: The greatest ideas are the simplest. by author William Golding overlaid on photo of woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime
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The greatest ideas are the simplest.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. by author Robert Brault overlaid on photo of silhouette of kneeling man
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Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.


Quote: There must be more to life than having everything. by author Maurice Sendak overlaid on photo of woman in black and white floral dress sitting on red car hood during daytime
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There must be more to life than having everything.


Quote: The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk. by author Cicero overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.


Quote: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of litter of dogs
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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.


Quote: If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. by author Lin Yutang overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of bee on flower
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If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.


Quote: It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. by author Laura Ingalls Wilder overlaid on photo of person wearing Apple watch
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It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.


Quote: I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. by author Laozi (Lao-Tzu) overlaid on photo of pink and blue painted wall
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I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.


Quote: Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green palm plant during daytime
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Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. by author Henry Miller overlaid on photo of green trees under blue sky at daytime
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I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of plain background
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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.


Quote: Living simply makes loving simple. by author bell hooks overlaid on photo of pink dahlia in bloom
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Living simply makes loving simple.


Quote: Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires. by author Laozi (Lao-Tzu) overlaid on photo of A view of the night showing stars
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Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.


Quote: I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story. by author Tom Clancy overlaid on photo of white and blue ice in water
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I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.


Quote: Less is more. by author Ludwig Mies van der Rohe overlaid on photo of turned on gray alarm clock displaying 10:11
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Less is more.


Quote: Pride divides the men, humility joins them. by author Socrates overlaid on photo of landscape photography of trees
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Pride divides the men, humility joins them.


Quote: Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of green forest during daytime
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Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.


Quote: A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. by author Groucho Marx overlaid on photo of black and white striped textile
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A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.


Quote: One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. by author Jack Kerouac overlaid on photo of white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
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One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.


Quote: If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of green palm plant during daytime
Photo Credit: Prajwal Vedpathak

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.


Quote: Today, making money is very simple. But making sustainable money while being responsible to the society and improving the world is very difficult. by author Jack Ma overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
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Today, making money is very simple. But making sustainable money while being responsible to the society and improving the world is very difficult.


Quote: By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest. by author Agesilaus overlaid on photo of rolls royce car wallpaper
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By sowing frugality we reap liberty, a golden harvest.


I make myself rich by making my wants few.


Quote: Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of off-road car
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Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.


Quote: The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. by author Socrates overlaid on photo of four person hands wrap around shoulders while looking at sunset
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The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.


Quote: He who is contented is rich. by author Laozi (Lao-Tzu) overlaid on photo of flowers
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He who is contented is rich.


Quote: Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need. by author Thomas Aquinas overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
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Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.


Quote: The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. by author Walt Whitman overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.


Quote: Beware the barrenness of a busy life. by author Socrates overlaid on photo of green leaf in close up photography
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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.


Quote: There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. by author Ronald Reagan overlaid on photo of heart-shaped red and beige pendant
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There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.


Quote: Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification. by author Martin H. Fischer overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing
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Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life. by author Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould overlaid on photo of white and blue floral textile
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Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.


Quote: The most simple things can bring the most happiness. by author Izabella Scorupco overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime
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The most simple things can bring the most happiness.


Quote: 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. by author Frederic Chopin overlaid on photo of white wall paint beside white wall
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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.


Quote: The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty. by author Frank Lloyd Wright overlaid on photo of pink and white flower in close up photography
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The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.


Quote: Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. by author Edwin Way Teale overlaid on photo of grey hlalway
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Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.


Quote: The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. by author Epictetus overlaid on photo of people holding shoulders sitting on wall
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The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.


Quote: Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. by author Charles Dudley Warner overlaid on photo of white concrete houses under blue sky at daytime
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Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.


Quote: Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of white snow mountain
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Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.


Quote: An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way. by author Charles Bukowski overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.


Quote: I feel that my environment reflects my belief in the grace and art and elegance of living simply. by author bell hooks overlaid on photo of person holding heart shaped red balloon
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I feel that my environment reflects my belief in the grace and art and elegance of living simply.


Quote: God always takes the simplest way. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of orange tabby kitten in grasses
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God always takes the simplest way.


Quote: If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars
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If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.


Quote: To be simple is not always as easy as it seems. by author Ferdinand Hodler overlaid on photo of pink rose in close up photography
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To be simple is not always as easy as it seems.


Quote: Discern the vital few from the trivial many. by author Greg McKeown overlaid on photo of blue flower in close up photography
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Discern the vital few from the trivial many.


Quote: Don't rush. Go slowly. Be present. by author Leo Babauta overlaid on photo of gray slabs
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Don't rush. Go slowly. Be present.


Quote: You don't need more space, you need less stuff. by author Joshua Becker overlaid on photo of white and black boat on sea during daytime
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You don't need more space, you need less stuff.


Quote: Keep things simple and practical so that an activity that fuels you doesn't become this massive, daunting obligation. Your self-care activity doesn't need to be yet another thing that lingers on your to-do list. by author Melissa Steginus overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of pink petaled flower
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Keep things simple and practical so that an activity that fuels you doesn't become this massive, daunting obligation. Your self-care activity doesn't need to be yet another thing that lingers on your to-do list.


Quote: Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments. by author Bryant McGill overlaid on photo of silhouette of kneeling man
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Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments.


Quote: Life is simple. You just have to stop trying to figure it out. by author Marty Rubin overlaid on photo of two women walking on bridge during daytime
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Life is simple. You just have to stop trying to figure it out.


Quote: Simplicities are enormously complex. Consider the sentence I love you. by author Richard O. Moore overlaid on photo of sunset grasslands
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Simplicities are enormously complex. Consider the sentence I love you.


Quote: Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better. by author Edsger Dijkstra overlaid on photo of brown wallpaper
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Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.


Quote: Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it. by author Alan Perlis overlaid on photo of forest near mountain alps
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Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.


Quote: When you give your items away, don't keep the excess of your pride. by author Bremer Acosta overlaid on photo of green leaf tree on shore
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When you give your items away, don't keep the excess of your pride.


Quote: Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much. by author Joshua Reynolds overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of trees during night time
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Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.


Quote: Simplicity embarks not on what is seen by the naked eye, but dwelling on what is in the heart. by author Unknown Author overlaid on photo of blue rose in close up photography
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Simplicity embarks not on what is seen by the naked eye, but dwelling on what is in the heart.


Quote: A world-changing vision often necessitates a profound simplicity in the user experience. by author Joe Gebbia overlaid on photo of sunset
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A world-changing vision often necessitates a profound simplicity in the user experience.


Quote: I think the key to writing hit songs is simplicity. by author Bonnie McKee overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly on green leaf
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I think the key to writing hit songs is simplicity.


Quote: The older I get, the more I desire simplicity. by author Andy Mineo overlaid on photo of white and black boat on sea during daytime
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The older I get, the more I desire simplicity.


Quote: Simplicity is often one of the greatest strengths. by author Erik Spoelstra overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of elephant on grass field
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Simplicity is often one of the greatest strengths.


Quote: By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. by author Book Of Mormon overlaid on photo of brown and white bird on tree branch
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By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.


Quote: Simplifiers ensure that simplicity is always a goal, a benchmark and a means to arrive at success, leaving us with an actionable lesson -- if you want to innovate, simplify is the new disrupt. by author Margaret Molloy overlaid on photo of white rock formation on sea during daytime
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Simplifiers ensure that simplicity is always a goal, a benchmark and a means to arrive at success, leaving us with an actionable lesson -- if you want to innovate, simplify is the new disrupt.


Quote: Nature has a great simplicity and, therefore, a great beauty. by author Richard P. Feynman overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of couples near body of water
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Nature has a great simplicity and, therefore, a great beauty.


Quote: Simplicity is a strict taskmaster. by author Jason Cooley overlaid on photo of sunset
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Simplicity is a strict taskmaster.


Quote: Simplicity is the shortest path to a solution. by author Ward Cunningham overlaid on photo of blue flower in close up photography
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Simplicity is the shortest path to a solution.


Quote: Simplicity is sometimes sexier in its naked honesty. But simplicity isn't simple. It demands great ingredients and on-point technique. by author Mia Stainsby overlaid on photo of blue rose
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Simplicity is sometimes sexier in its naked honesty. But simplicity isn't simple. It demands great ingredients and on-point technique.


Quote: I prefer the honestly simple to the ingeniously wicked. by author William Penn overlaid on photo of man in cowboy hat sitting in bleachers

I prefer the honestly simple to the ingeniously wicked.


Quote: In times of great complexity, simplicity is compelling. by author Dipanjan Chaterjee overlaid on photo of Milky way in nature photography
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In times of great complexity, simplicity is compelling.


Quote: 'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free. by author Joseph Brackett overlaid on photo of brown and white dog in close-up photography
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'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free.


Quote: Perfect simplicity is unconsciously audacious. by author George Meredith overlaid on photo of girl leaning on wall during daytime
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Perfect simplicity is unconsciously audacious.


Quote: To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now. by author Don Altman overlaid on photo of person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees
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To be alive is to totally and openly participate in the simplicity and elegance of here and now.


Quote: Simplicity is the greatest adornment of art. by author Albrecht Durer overlaid on photo of brown and gray stick
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Simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.


Quote: Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement. by author William Morris overlaid on photo of silhouette of kneeling man
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Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement.


Quote: Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect too much, enjoy what you have. by author Dean Koontz overlaid on photo of person wearing red running shoe

Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect too much, enjoy what you have.


Quote: Simplicity is indeed often the sign of truth and a criterion of beauty. by author Mahlon Hoagland overlaid on photo of withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime
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Simplicity is indeed often the sign of truth and a criterion of beauty.


Quote: Because your question searches for deep meaning, I shall explain in simple words. by author Dante Alighieri overlaid on photo of bonfire in forest
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Because your question searches for deep meaning, I shall explain in simple words.


Quote: Simple, yet effective! by author Harry Styles overlaid on photo of donkey
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Simple, yet effective!


Quote: To every problem, there is a most simple solution. by author Agatha Christie overlaid on photo of photo of author Agatha Christie with quote

To every problem, there is a most simple solution.


Quote: I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex. by author Fred Rogers overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of trees and sky
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I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.


Quote: This problem, once solved, will be simple. by author Thomas Edison overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope
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This problem, once solved, will be simple.


Quote: The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of library shelf near black wooden ladder
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The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.


Quote: Yes, everything is simple. It's people who complicate things. by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of person holding yellow sunflower bouquet
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Yes, everything is simple. It's people who complicate things.


Quote: Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious. by author Al McGuire overlaid on photo of photography of yellow petaled flowers field
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Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious.


Quote: True happiness is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things. by author Eckhart Tolle overlaid on photo of black and white computer keyboard
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True happiness is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things.


Quote: Genius is making complex ideas simple, not making simple ideas complex. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of green trees under blue sky at daytime
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Genius is making complex ideas simple, not making simple ideas complex.


Quote: When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions. by author Steve Jobs overlaid on photo of Steve Jobs quote: When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions.- black text on quotes background

When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions.


Quote: See the world from another perspective and things would be simple. by author Vikraman overlaid on photo of yellow Labrador puppy running on field
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See the world from another perspective and things would be simple.


Quote: I wish for a simple life. by author Fennel Hudson overlaid on photo of flowers
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I wish for a simple life.


Quote: Transforming the complex to the simple is pure genius. by author Doris P. Johnson overlaid on photo of brown mountain on body of water

Transforming the complex to the simple is pure genius.


Quote: The simpler the life, the happier we get! by author Avijeet Das overlaid on photo of black dog photography
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The simpler the life, the happier we get!


Quote: Often removing is improving. by author Freequill overlaid on photo of photo of author Freequill with quote

Often removing is improving.


Quote: The moon fascinates us in her simplicity. by author Avijeet Das overlaid on photo of boy and cat in front of moon
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The moon fascinates us in her simplicity.


Quote: Be a simple nothing and an ordinary nobody because that's the greatest thing you can be. by author Marty Rubin overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountain
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Be a simple nothing and an ordinary nobody because that's the greatest thing you can be.


Quote: According to history, quite a few times simple man turned out to be the significant man. by author Amit Kalantri overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water
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According to history, quite a few times simple man turned out to be the significant man.


Quote: Sometimes simplicity and elegance are indistinguishable from each other. by author Amit Kalantri overlaid on photo of pink umbrella
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Sometimes simplicity and elegance are indistinguishable from each other.


Quote: Simple is her aim; to be a candle that lightens the world with the name of the Beloved. by author Mahrukh Memon overlaid on photo of three clear glass cups
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Simple is her aim; to be a candle that lightens the world with the name of the Beloved.


Quote: One must learn to be simple, anyone can manage to be complex. by author Amit Kalantri overlaid on photo of person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime
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One must learn to be simple, anyone can manage to be complex.






Quote: Hope is born in simple places to simple hearts that have enough space for a miracle to happen. by author Craig D. Lounsbrough overlaid on photo of sunset
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Hope is born in simple places to simple hearts that have enough space for a miracle to happen.




Quote: The grandeur of God reveals itself through simple things. by author Paulo Coelho overlaid on photo of green background
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The grandeur of God reveals itself through simple things.


Quote: Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. At the edge of perception, weird things dance and howl. by author M. H. Boroson overlaid on photo of leafless tree on body of water during daytime
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Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. At the edge of perception, weird things dance and howl.


Quote: To be simple is no small matter. by author Gustave Flaubert overlaid on photo of photo of author Gustave Flaubert with quote

To be simple is no small matter.


Quote: The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys. by author Jonathan Lockwood Huie overlaid on photo of three person looking stars and milky way
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The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys.


Quote: Life itself is simple...it's just not easy. by author Steve Maraboli overlaid on photo of sunset
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Life itself is simple...it's just not easy.


Quote: It's all very simple. But maybe because it's so simple, it's also hard. by author Natsuki Takaya overlaid on photo of woman standing on cliff
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It's all very simple. But maybe because it's so simple, it's also hard.


Quote: Excellent! I cried. Elementary, said he. by author Arthur Conan Doyle overlaid on photo of photo of author Arthur Conan Doyle with quote

Excellent! I cried. Elementary, said he.


Quote: A reaction, to be pleasant, must be simple. by author Marsden Hartley overlaid on photo of man smiling while facing other person
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A reaction, to be pleasant, must be simple.


Quote: There is no problem so complicated that you can't find a very simple answer to it if you look at it right. by author Douglas Adams overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on white sand during daytime
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There is no problem so complicated that you can't find a very simple answer to it if you look at it right.


Quote: Great floods have flown From simple sources. by author William Shakespeare overlaid on photo of photography of lake near tree
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Great floods have flown From simple sources.


Quote: If you want to destroy a nation, give it too much -- make it greedy, miserable and sick. by author John Steinbeck overlaid on photo of aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\
Photo Credit: Zac Ong

If you want to destroy a nation, give it too much -- make it greedy, miserable and sick.


Quote: The important things are always simple. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of two person on the tunnel
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The important things are always simple.


Quote: The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. by author Lin Yutang overlaid on photo of white and brown sailing boat
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The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.


Quote: Making the simple complicated is commonplace. by author Charles Mingus overlaid on photo of man in black pants sitting on chair
Photo Credit: Ira Ostafiichuk

Making the simple complicated is commonplace.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple. by author Doris Janzen Longacre overlaid on photo of closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers
Photo Credit: Ray Hennessy

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


Quote: It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature. by author Laura Ingalls Wilder overlaid on photo of purple textile with white line
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It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature.


Quote: In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. by author Laozi (Lao-Tzu) overlaid on photo of trees on forest with sun rays

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple.


Quote: If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. by author Dalai Lama overlaid on photo of sunset over hill
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If one's life is simple, contentment has to come.


Quote: What we really need is to realize how little we really need. by author Ashleigh Brilliant overlaid on photo of round black vinyl disc on vinyl player
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What we really need is to realize how little we really need.


Quote: Every day, I like to wake up and remind myself to be grateful of the simple things. by author Miranda Kerr overlaid on photo of low-angle photo of white daisy
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Every day, I like to wake up and remind myself to be grateful of the simple things.


Quote: Simplicity, suitability and proportion. by author Elsie De Wolfe overlaid on photo of shallow depth of field photography of sunflower

Simplicity, suitability and proportion.


Quote: In the beginning was simplicity. by author Richard Dawkins overlaid on photo of bride holding bouquet standing on white stairs
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In the beginning was simplicity.


Quote: Simplicity of approach is always best. by author Charlie Chaplin overlaid on photo of empty pathway
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Simplicity of approach is always best.




Quote: Simplicity requires ruthlessness. by author Tim Ferriss overlaid on photo of Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile
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Simplicity requires ruthlessness.


Quote: True refinement seeks simplicity. by author Bruce Lee overlaid on photo of cup of latte on table
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True refinement seeks simplicity.


Quote: Simplicity is the trademark of genius. by author Robin Sharma overlaid on photo of grey ceramic woman's face with red rose figurine
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Simplicity is the trademark of genius.


Quote: Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy. by author Francis of Assisi overlaid on photo of person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock
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Do few things but do them well, simple joys are holy.


Quote: Out of chaos, find simplicity, From discord, find harmony. by author Bruce Lee overlaid on photo of grey cliff near body of water
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Out of chaos, find simplicity, From discord, find harmony.


Quote: The rule is to carry as little as possible. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shade under a green-leafed tree
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The rule is to carry as little as possible.


Quote: Avoiding complexity reduces bugs. by author Linus Torvalds overlaid on photo of white petaled flower bloom during daytime
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Avoiding complexity reduces bugs.


Quote: Simplicity, cher enfant, is in reality the deepest cunning. by author Fyodor Dostoevsky overlaid on photo of person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier
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Simplicity, cher enfant, is in reality the deepest cunning.




Quote: Minimalism is a journey from the compulsion to consciousness, consumerism to common sense. by author Amit Kalantri overlaid on photo of leafless tree on body of water during daytime
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Minimalism is a journey from the compulsion to consciousness, consumerism to common sense.


Quote: If one bite fills you, you don't need two. by author Marty Rubin overlaid on photo of brown and gray stick
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If one bite fills you, you don't need two.


Quote: Progress is discovering what you can do without. by author Marty Rubin overlaid on photo of green leafed tree on snowfield under white cloudy sky at daytime

Progress is discovering what you can do without.


Quote: The river of my village doesn't make you think about anything.
When you're at its bank you're only at its bank. by author Alberto Caeiro overlaid on photo of litter of dogs
Photo Credit: Karel Van der Auwera

The river of my village doesn't make you think about anything.
When you're at its bank you're only at its bank.


Quote: To say more while saying less is the secret of being simple. by author Dejan Stojanovic overlaid on photo of photo of author Dejan Stojanovic with quote

To say more while saying less is the secret of being simple.


Quote: I want a simple, ordinary life ... like humans enjoy. by author Deborah Harkness overlaid on photo of mountains with trees under white star at night
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I want a simple, ordinary life ... like humans enjoy.


Quote: Complex things are easy to do. Simplicity's the real challenge. by author Robert James Waller overlaid on photo of landscape photography of mountain
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Complex things are easy to do. Simplicity's the real challenge.


Quote: People who advocate simplicity have money in the bank; the money came first, not the simplicity. by author Douglas Coupland overlaid on photo of green plants beside brown wooden door
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People who advocate simplicity have money in the bank; the money came first, not the simplicity.


Quote: Free yourself from the complexities of your life! A life of simplicity and happiness awaits you. by author Steve Maraboli overlaid on photo of yellow sunflower in glass vase
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Free yourself from the complexities of your life! A life of simplicity and happiness awaits you.


Quote: I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of beach shore during day time
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I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.


Quote: The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don't. by author Joshua Becker overlaid on photo of woman standing on cliff
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The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don't.


Quote: Simplify your life. You don't grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual. by author Steve Maraboli overlaid on photo of red flame
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Simplify your life. You don't grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual.


Quote: Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus. by author Ann Voskamp overlaid on photo of closeup photography of black and brown bird
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Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.


Quote: The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. by author Steve Maraboli overlaid on photo of person wearing black leather shoe

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.


Quote: Straightforwardness and simplicity are in keeping with goodness. by author Seneca the Younger overlaid on photo of photo of author Seneca the Younger with quote

Straightforwardness and simplicity are in keeping with goodness.


Quote: I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex. by author Oscar Wilde overlaid on photo of round black vinyl disc on vinyl player
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I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.


Quote: Simplicity and naturalness are the truest marks of distinction. by author William Somerset Maugham overlaid on photo of person carrying yellow and black backpack walking between green plants
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Simplicity and naturalness are the truest marks of distinction.


Quote: Simplicity is the law of nature for men as well as for flowers. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of library shelf near black wooden ladder
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Simplicity is the law of nature for men as well as for flowers.


Quote: Joy comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and loving heart. by author Gautama Buddha overlaid on photo of man jumping on hill during golden hour
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Joy comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and loving heart.


Quote: The true work of art is always on the human scale. It is essentially the one that says, 'less.' by author Albert Camus overlaid on photo of silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
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The true work of art is always on the human scale. It is essentially the one that says, 'less.'


Quote: Focus and simplicity...once you get there, you can move mountains. by author Steve Jobs overlaid on photo of lighted candle
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Focus and simplicity...once you get there, you can move mountains.


Quote: Out of clutter, find simplicity. by author Albert Einstein overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope
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Out of clutter, find simplicity.


Quote: To be simple is the best thing in the world. by author G. K. Chesterton overlaid on photo of woman holding Pug puppy
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To be simple is the best thing in the world.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To be simple is the best thing in the world; to be modest is the next best thing. I am not sure about being quiet.


Quote: Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of grass under moonlight
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Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Simplicity is the key. by author Ritchie Blackmore overlaid on photo of grassland
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Simplicity is the key.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.


Quote: Simplicity is a jewel rarely found. by author Ovid overlaid on photo of multicolored abstract painting
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Simplicity is a jewel rarely found.


Quote: From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity. by author Albert Schweitzer overlaid on photo of photo of author Albert Schweitzer with quote

From naive simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity.


Quote: Nothing is true, but that which is simple. by author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe overlaid on photo of blue mountains at daytime
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Nothing is true, but that which is simple.


Quote: That's been one of my mantras -- focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. by author Steve Jobs overlaid on photo of tabby cat touching person's palm
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That's been one of my mantras -- focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Simplicity is that grace which frees the soul from all unnecessary reflections upon itself. by author Francois Fenelon overlaid on photo of leafless tree on snow covered ground
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

Simplicity is that grace which frees the soul from all unnecessary reflections upon itself.


Quote: Simplicity and Repose are qualities that measure the true value of any work of art. by author Frank Lloyd Wright overlaid on photo of moon near mountain ridge

Simplicity and Repose are qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.


Quote: Simplicity is not the absence of clutter. by author Jonathan Ive overlaid on photo of rocks on sea side at daytime
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Simplicity is not the absence of clutter.


Quote: The little things? The little moments? They aren't little. by author Jon Kabat-Zinn overlaid on photo of woman standing on sunflower field
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The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.


Quote: All the great things are simple. by author Winston Churchill overlaid on photo of sunset
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All the great things are simple.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: Simplicity is not a simple thing. by author Charlie Chaplin overlaid on photo of person holding sunflower
Photo Credit: Milan Popovic

Simplicity is not a simple thing.


Quote: To know you have enough is to be rich. by author Laozi (Lao-Tzu) overlaid on photo of person with black tattoo on left hand
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To know you have enough is to be rich.


Quote: Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means. by author Koichi Kawana overlaid on photo of aerial photography of beach

Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means.


Quote: There is a majesty in simplicity. by author Alexander Pope overlaid on photo of cumulus clouds
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There is a majesty in simplicity.


Quote: There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth. by author Leo Tolstoy overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers
Photo Credit: Blake Cheek

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.


Quote: Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become. by author Paramahansa Yogananda overlaid on photo of pair of white lace-up shoes
Photo Credit: Christian Chen

Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.


Quote: Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. by author Isaac Newton overlaid on photo of leafless tree
Photo Credit: Luke Richardson

Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.


Quote: Real elegance is simply a true encounter with oneself. by author Carole Bouquet overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of snowflake
Photo Credit: Damian McCoig

Real elegance is simply a true encounter with oneself.


Quote: A person with taste is merely one who can recognize the greatest beauty in the simplest things. by author Barbara Taylor Bradford overlaid on photo of leafless tree on body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: Jack B

A person with taste is merely one who can recognize the greatest beauty in the simplest things.


Quote: Elegance is elimination. by author Cristobal Balenciaga overlaid on photo of flower garden
Photo Credit: Phil Hodkinson

Elegance is elimination.


Quote: Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be. by author Paulo Coelho overlaid on photo of woman in black tank top
Photo Credit: Estefania Cortes

Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.


Quote: Simplicity, carried to an an extreme, becomes elegance. by author Jon Franklin overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of white flowers
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Simplicity, carried to an an extreme, becomes elegance.


Quote: Elegance is refusal. by author Coco Chanel overlaid on photo of adult short-coated red akita inu dog on field
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Elegance is refusal.


Quote: Good design means as little design as possible. by author Dieter Rams overlaid on photo of three woman holding hands white walking
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Good design means as little design as possible.


Quote: Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order. by author Victor Papanek overlaid on photo of sunset
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Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order.


Quote: One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in. by author Francis Jourdain overlaid on photo of three clear glass cups
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.


Quote: In order to be a good gatekeeper, you have to think of your house as sacred space, not storage space. by author Francine Jay overlaid on photo of band performing on stage in front of people
Photo Credit: Vishnu R Nair

In order to be a good gatekeeper, you have to think of your house as sacred space, not storage space.


Quote: Simple is hard. Easy is harder. Invisible is hardest. by author Jean-Louis Gassée overlaid on photo of snowflake
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Simple is hard. Easy is harder. Invisible is hardest.


Quote: Design means being good, not just looking good. by author Clement Mok overlaid on photo of 3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime
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Design means being good, not just looking good.


Quote: Greatness of spirit is accompanied by simplicity and sincerity. by author Aristotle overlaid on photo of two white swan on body of water
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

Greatness of spirit is accompanied by simplicity and sincerity.


Quote: Poor food and water for dinner, a bent arm for a pillow -- that is where joy resides. For me, wealth and renown without honor are nothing but drifting clouds. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Poor food and water for dinner, a bent arm for a pillow -- that is where joy resides. For me, wealth and renown without honor are nothing but drifting clouds.




Quote: How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy. by author Marcus Aurelius Antoninus overlaid on photo of photo of author Marcus Aurelius Antoninus with quote

How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.


Quote: None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten on white textile
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None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.


Quote: 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. by author Jon Kabat-Zinn overlaid on photo of solid background
Photo Credit: Ashley Whitlatch

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.


Quote: You might get 85 years on this planet -- don't spend 65 paying off a lifestyle you can't afford. by author Cait Flanders overlaid on photo of shallow focus photo of white rose
Photo Credit: Andrew Johnson

You might get 85 years on this planet -- don't spend 65 paying off a lifestyle you can't afford.


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