5 Inspiring Simplicity Quotes
Some say that less is more. There are certainly benefits to living a more simple life.
How much of the space in your house do you actually use? How much space is being used to store stuff? The less stuff you have, the less space you own, the less things you think you need—the less time, money, and effort you expend just trying to sustain your minimum state of living.
When you life a simpler life, you can get by with a little less in certain areas. Maybe you decide to move into a smaller space, which allows you to save money on bills and taxes.
Maybe you no longer feel the need to work overtime hours. Maybe you decide to spend those hours being present for more important things in life, like sharing more moments with your family and friends.
No matter where you are along the path to a simpler life, I hope you enjoy these 5 inspiring simplicity quotes.
If you know how to be happy with the wonders of life that are already there for you to enjoy, you don’t need to stress your mind and your body by striving harder and harder, and you don’t need to stress this planet by purchasing more and more stuff. -Thich Nhat Hanh
It may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s possible to escape the rat race of modern life. If you stop setting goals, if you stop striving for specific “achievements” in life, you can relax a little bit more. You can focus more on what you do have than what you don’t have.
You can stop yourself from feeling like there’s always something else you want. You can get by with a little less. You can break habits of over-consuming, over-purchasing our way to having way too much stuff.
Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy. -Isaac Newton
Nature sure knows best. We can learn a lot about simplicity from observing nature. With nature as our inspiration, we can take small steps towards living a more simple lifestyle.
Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. -Lao Tzu
Though this quote is several thousand years old, it is still applicable today. With simplicity, patience, and compassion, one can go about life without so much complication, compliant, or conflict. Instead, we can go about our lives with a less seriousness, and a little more sincerity.
If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable. -Rainer Maria Rilke
The more we choose to spend our time in nature, noticing and appreciating its small simplicities, the more we ultimately fall in love with everything that is nature. Those small, hardly noticeable things in nature can become more important to us than any material item.
Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful. -John Maeda
Subtract the obvious, add the meaningful. Moving towards simplicity means moving towards more meaningful lives.
How about less divisiveness, and more togetherness?
Less competition, and more collaboration?
Less separateness, and more community?