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Simple Living Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Simple Living

Please enjoy these Simple Living Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

Related topics: Values Inspirational Gratitude Thanks Simplicity Appreciation

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is neither wealth nor splendor;
but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson

To live a pure unselfish life,
one must count nothing as one's own
in the midst of abundance.
- The Buddha

 

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

Simple living is the way to happy living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My formula for living is quite simple.
I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night.
In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
- Cary Grant

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Government has never increased the standard of living
of one single human being in civilization's history.
For some reason that simple truth has evaded everybody.
- Steve Wynn

No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly
pride than does Abraham Lincoln;
for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool.
- Thomas V. Smith

The real drawback to the simple life is that it is not simple.
If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else.
There is not time.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

The quality of life is so different in France.
There is the possibility of living a simple life.
I would never contemplate raising my daughter in LA.
I would never raise any child there.
- Johnny Depp

My theory is that I decided to be a writer when I was about seven,
but of course it is not as simple as that.
Like most writers, I had to work at other things to
earn a living and wrote mainly in the evenings,
often very late at night, for many years.
- Margaret Mahy

But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope,
and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world,
the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious.
And for that I am grateful.
- Elizabeth Edwards

My mother said it was simple to keep a man,
you must be a maid in the living room,
a cook in the kitchen and a whore in the bedroom.
I said I'd hire the other two and take care of the bedroom bit.
- Jerry Hall

In the span of my own lifetime I observed such wondrous
progress in plant evolution that I look forward optimistically to a healthy,
happy world as soon as its children are taught the
principles of simple and rational living.
- Luther Burbank

You have to remember that I was a bright but simple
fellow from Canada who seldom,
if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called
literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile
worked in an office for a living.
- A. E. van Vogt

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.
- Amelia Barr

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

Your children need your presence
more than your presents.
- Jesse Jackson

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being
that places harmony in one's life.
- Peace Pilgrim

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
- Epicurus

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life
is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
- Albert Einstein

We hardly ever realize that we can
cut anything out of our lives,
anytime, in the blink of an eye.
- Carlos Castaneda

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

We never NEED anything; we never NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can always do one thing less than you think you can.
- Anonymous

Life only appears complicated when one is worrying.
Relax, and life becomes simple again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

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.
- Henry David Thoreau

What is happiness except the simple harmony
between a man and the life he leads?
- Albert Camus

As every divided kingdom falls,
so every mind divided between
many studies confounds and saps itself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

We never repent of having eaten too little.
- Thomas Jefferson

Whoever does not regard what he has
as most ample wealth, is unhappy,
though he be master of the world.
- Epictetus

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

The man who is awakened, lives in such a way
that he leaves no footprints.
- Osho quoting The Buddha

He who can give thanks for little
will always find he has enough.
- Anonymous

The more you expect, the more you get disappointed in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau

Life is pretty simple:
You do some stuff.
Most fails. Some works.
You do more of what works.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The key to happiness is not to have what you want
but to want what you have.
- Anonymous

Ask yourself to slow down.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We can never get enough of what we don't really need.
- Matthew Kelly

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation,
the greatest pleasures cease to please.
- Epictetus

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin;
what else does a man need to be happy?
- Albert Einstein

Moving on is simple, it's what you leave behind
that makes it so difficult.
- Anonymous

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

God is a metaphor for that which transcends
all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

Know that the essence of life is not
in the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You just have to have a simple faith.
- Jimmy Carter

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
- Mother Teresa

This day boldness is manifested in a simple grace: gratitude.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The sage does not hoard.
The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself,
Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more;
having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
- Lao Tzu

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Success has a simple formula:
do your best, and people may like it.
- Sam Ewing

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
- Albert Einstein

Everything deep is also simple
and can be reproduced simply
as long as its reference
to the whole truth is maintained.
But what matters is not what is witty
but what is true.
- Albert Schweitzer

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
- Albert Einstein


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