60+ Best Simplicity Quotes For An Easy Life

Srija Chanda
Dec 12, 2023 By Srija Chanda
Originally Published on Feb 18, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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A simple way of life is the key to ultimate mental peace.

Our fast-paced culture urges us to be "productive" at the cost of giving up the things we value the most. As a result, we lose touch with the essential elements of our life like family, friends, emotional, physical, and mental well-being.

However, simplicity has its perks.

You can begin to live a simple life by prioritizing the things you care about the most and commit to them. When you know your priorities, it's easier to set boundaries and say "no" instead of agreeing to take on more than you can handle.

Reducing your screen time, getting rid of an unhealthy addiction to electronic gadgets, keeping a check on expenses, minimizing your possessions, cleaning your living space, and spending time alone are some of the other effective ways of living a simple, yet peaceful life.

Here we have a great collection of quotes on simplicity that will surely help you appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasures of life!

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Short Inspirational Quotes On Simplicity

If you like to keep things minimal and clutter-free, here are some of the best simplicity quotes and simplicity is beauty quotes that will inspire you to get rid of everything that is dispensable.

Balanced Poise stones

1. "Every increased possession loads us with new weariness."

- John Ruskin.

2. "He who is contented is rich."

- Lao Tzu.

3. "Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest."

- Leo Babauta.

4. "The less I needed, the better I felt."

- Charles Bukowski.

5. “Sometimes simplicity and elegance are indistinguishable from each other.”

- Amit Kalantri.

6. “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.”

- Francine Jay.

7. “Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.”

- Thomas Mann.

8. “It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.”

- Amelia Barr.

9. “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

- Coco Chanel.

10. "The greatest ideas are the simplest."

- William Golding.

11. "The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity."

- Douglas Horton.

12. “Simplicity is the key to brilliance.”

- Bruce Lee.

13. "There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth."

- Leo Tolstoy.

14. "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

- Confucius.

15. “The core of beauty is simplicity.”

- Paulo Coelho.

16. "We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without."

- Henry David Thoreau.

Quotes About The Beauty Of Leading A Simple Life

Living a simple life brings with it innumerable benefits. But most importantly, it brings peace of mind. Here is a compilation of some beautiful simplicity quotes about living a simple and meaningful life.

17. “The simple life is an authentic life.”

- Kilroy J. Oldster.

18. “It is the sweet simple things in life which are the real ones after all.”

- Laura Ingalls Wilder.

19. “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.”

- Joshua Becker.

20. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

- William Morris.

21. “Live a simple life; you will own the most beautiful treasures of the world!”

- Mehmet Murat ildan.

22. “Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.”

- Charles Dudley Warner.

23.  “Minimalism is about creating space to live simply and meaningfully; it’s about living intentionally.”

- Laurie Buchanan.

24. "A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar."

- Victoria Moran.

25. "Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements."

- Dalai Lama.

26. “When we focus more on fitting it all in instead of making time for what counts, we lose sight of how to create a meaningful life.”

- Courtney Carver.

27. "Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves."

-  Edwin Way Teale.

28. "I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do."

- Roald Dahl.

29. "The simple life on the farm was everything to me. Nothing was more relaxing after a long plane flight than to reach the winding driveway that led up to my house."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

30. "The fact is that you need a simple life to go to heaven; not an excessively glittering body, shiny lips and charming face."

- Israelmore Ayivor.

Thoughtful Simplicity Quotes

If you want to be inspired by the wise words of the famous and the great, here are some insightful quotes on simplicity to give you some food for thought.

31. "The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are."

- Mother Teresa.

32. “For a few minutes I tried to empty my mind entirely, to concentrate solely on breathing: sometimes it’s useful to rediscover simpler pleasures of life.”

- Romain Gary.

33. “Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are.”

- Courtney Carver.

34. “More was never the answer. The answer, it turned out, was always less.”

- Cait Flanders.

35. “Nature teaches us simplicity and contentment because in its presence we realize we need very little to be happy.”

- Mark Coleman.

36.  “Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.”

- George Sand.

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

- Sir Isaac Newton.

38. "I have to remind myself to live simply and not to overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world."

- Sandra Cisneros.

39. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”

- Bruce Lee.

40. “Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

41. “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

- Albert Einstein.

42. "When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you."

- Lao Tzu.

43. "Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy."

- Lao Tzu.

44. "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.

45. "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."

- Steve Jobs.

46. "I also consider that plain living is good for everybody, physically and mentally."

- Albert Einstein.

47. "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler."

- Albert Einstein.

48. "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.

49. "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

- Hans Hofmann.

50. “In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

51. "I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures."

- Lao Tzu.

52. "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 thumb-nail."

- Henry David Thoreau.

53. "Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify!"

- Henry David Thoreau.

54. "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

― Leonardo da Vinci.

Songs And Movie Quotes About Simplicity

Songs and movies are two crucial media that teach us a lot of valuable life lessons. So, here we have a selection of some of the best quotes on simplicity from iconic movies and songs.

55. “Don't forget, a great impression of simplicity can only be achieved by great agony of body and spirit.”

- Boris Lermontov, 'The Red Shoes', 1948.

56. “I would just want the simple life. I just wanna hold down a job, make some friends, go for a walk after work in the fresh air and pay my bills.”

- Debbie Ocean, 'Ocean's 8', 2018.

57. "Inspector Jacques Clouseau: At times like this, I wish I was but a simple peasant.

Simone Clouseau: It's times like this that make me realize how lucky I really am."

- 'The Pink Panther', 1963.

58. "You take the high road, I'll take the low road

Free from all care and strife

Sounds corny and seedy, oh yes, indeed

Give me the simple life..."

- Jamie Cullum, 'Give Me The Simple Life', 2007.

59. "I like the simple life

The way it used to be

We left our doors wide open

We didn't need no key..."

-  Lynyrd Skynyrd, 'Simple Life', 2009.

60. "Around here it's the simple life

Ain't got to far but I'm doin alright

Love I believe and for freedom I'll fight

I'm still livin' a simple life

I'm happy livin' the simple life..."

- Jason Sturgeon, 'Simple Life', 2010.

61. "I love the simple life, front porch and my lovers eye's

Green grass and an open sky, I love the simple life..."

- Green River Ordinance, 'Simple Life', 2016.

62. "It doesn't matter who you are, this is it

There's a simple life the moment you decide..."

- Gemma Hayes, 'Horses', 2005.

63. "Don't need no TV, I don't need no phone

Don't need a speedy car to get me home

Don't need no nothing

All I need is time for the simple life..."

- Casey Abrams, 'Simple Life', 2012.

64. "I ain't no movie star, no I ain't no politician

I ain't no suit and tie, Lord I wouldn't cut out for that type of living

And some folks choose that and I reckon that's alright

But I'm a fan of the simple life..."

- Drake White, 'The Simple Life', 2013.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for simplicity quotes then why not take a look at small circle quotes, or clear mind quotes.

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Written by Srija Chanda

Master of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

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Srija ChandaMaster of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

An aspiring media professional, Srija is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, after completing her degree in journalism. With experience in PR and social media, she has also honed her leadership skills through her participation in a youth parliament. Srija's interests include devouring books, watching movies, and exploring new places through travel.

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