Simplicity Quotes

simplicity quotes

Sometimes you need to live a more simple life to feel like you’re alive.  When was the last time you went for a simple walk?  Read on; it’s time for you to see what you’ve been missing:

(this is one of my top 5 favourite quotes of all time. Look at the date he lived!)
1. Sit quietly for a moment, and you realize how you have been foolishly running about.
2. Learn to keep your mouth shut, and you realize you have been talking too much.
3. Avoid getting involved in too many things, and you realize that you have been wasting your time in unnecessary things.
4. Close the door, and you realize that you have been mixed up with too many kinds of people.
5. Have few desires, and you realize why you have had so many ills.
6. Be human, and you realize that you have been too critical of others.
-Chen Chiju (1588-1639)

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. -Leonardo da Vinci

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. -Albert Einstein

A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life. -Winston Churchill

The simplest things are often the truest. -Richard Bach

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Simplicity is the nature of great souls. -Unknown

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. -Henry David Thoreau

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. -Frederic Chopin

Simplicity is the glory of expression. -Walt Whitman

Simplicity is indeed often the sign of truth and a criterion of beauty. -Unknown

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. -Thomas A Kempis

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit. -Alexander Pope

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity. -Plato

From native simplicity we arrive at more profound simplicity. -Albert Schweitzer

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

The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple. -Doris Janzen Longacre

The aspects of things that are most important to us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity. -Prof. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Simplicity is indeed often the sign of truth and a criterion of beauty. -Mahlon Hoagland

Hey, that first one is a real doosey, isn’t it?  Any thoughts about it you’d like to share?  Please share your thoughts and some more quotes below in the comments section.

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    • Evelyn
    • June 2, 2010

    Love your Quotes. Do you have any quotes on SAFETY?


    1. Reply

      No, but I can get something for you in the next few days, Evelyn. Is that too long?

    • Laurie
    • June 2, 2010

    Loved your 1st quotes Shawn, ie: – 1. Sit quietly for a moment, and you realize how you have been foolishly running about.
    2. Learn to keep your mouth shut, and you realize you have been talking too much. etc., -Chen Chiju (1588-1639)

    1. Reply

      Yeah, I agree Laurie; that one should be printed off and posted at your desk or on your fridge. 🙂

    • Sandhan
    • June 3, 2010

    Hey Shawn

    GREAT to connect with you.. I LOVE motivational quotes and inspiring stories as I am both a motivational speaker and a professional life coach!

    I use the Law of Attraction in my coaching so am always aspiring to motivate people and help them find solutions. Happy to meet a kindred spirit…

    I’m sure I’ll be coming back to your blog time and time again.. especially as you use commentluv or something similar!!

    Like Laurie (and you) above I thought the first quote was a real ‘doosey’ !!
    .-= Sandhan´s last blog ..The Secret behind the Secret =-.

    1. Reply

      Thanks Sandhan, glad you could stop by. Stay in touch. 🙂

    • Lee
    • June 4, 2010

    Hello Shawn,

    I think we all hope and strive for simplicity but sometimes it just takes hard work to achieve the things we value in this life.

    We all need to appreciate the wonderful things that nature provides for us; the beauty that exist in every living thing. Throughout our life’s journey we do encounter many things. We have the freedom of choice, so we think with our mind, let it touch our heart as it evolves deep within our soul, set our spirit free, then decide if it is a gift to behold, or set the thought and deed free. Everything in life is worthy of a thought, then it is up to us to decide what should follow.

    Here are some quotes I found interesting and would like to share:

    Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.
    Walter Anderson

    “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”
    Will Rogers

    “To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
    John Burroughs

    1. Reply

      Wow! Great words, Lee! I love those last quotes you shared. It’s Sunday evening; I think I need to go for “an evening saunter”. Thanks as always for some great thoughts.

    • Ronak Muchhala
    • September 20, 2010

    Thank you for a great post. One thought that really changed my life is this:

    “Receive with simplicity everything that happens to you”
    By Rashi.

    I have since then been inspired to live my life as simply as possible. Simplicity gives you true happiness as it makes your life easy.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • yoyo
    • December 14, 2010

    quote on this blog is very interesting. I will re open at any time to see a new quote.
    and this quote I would use to send e mails to my best friends
    thanks a lot…

    • Love Quotes
    • January 27, 2011

    We everyone be familiar with the importance of expression in all aspect of our life. Our love living will suffers lots if we are not able to articulate what we think on our loved ones.

  1. Hi,

    I impress with your true inspiring quotes

    If you can add this quote in your list…Please add it , read here

    Success journey can’t determine lonely —–Unknown

  2. The only reason we have great things in life is because we also have bad things. In order to appreciate success, you must learn to deal with failure.

    Very Inspiring quote 🙂

    • Chenai
    • July 29, 2011

    heya shawn love ur quotes! awesome

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