20 Inspirational Quotes on Simplicity

What do you think of when you think of simplicity? Maybe it is –

  • the “Less in More” concept by Andrea del Sarto,
  • “Don’t use a lot where a little will do.” – Proverb, or
  • the KISS Principle – Keep it Simple, Stupid (I prefer Keep it Simple, Sweetheart).

Whatever it is for you, I hope the following 20 quotes on simplicity can inspire you.


20 Inspirational Quotes on Simplicity

  • “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius
  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci
  • “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” ~ William James
  • “Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.” ~ Martin H. Fischer
  • “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” ~ Hans Hofmann
  • “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William Morris
  • “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.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
  • “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.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.” ~ Swedish proverb
  • “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu
  • “Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu
  • “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault
  • “Simplicity is the essence of happiness.” ~ Cedric Bledsoe
  • “The way to happy – keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry, live simply, expect little, give much.” ~ Carol Borges
  • “Great acts are made up of small deeds.” ~ Lao Tzu
  • “He who is contented is rich.” ~ Lao Tzu


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