Quotes on Living Simply

I had the good fortune to spend this past weekend on a retreat in Maine with my new church. One of our workshops was on simplicity.

Our workshop leader, Margaret, collected quite a few beautiful quotes on simplicity. I want to share them with you:

“Eliminate physical clutter.  More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.” ~Terri Guillemets


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


“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~Albert Einstein


“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” ~Hans Hofmann, Introduction to the Bootstrap, 1993


“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


“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


“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” ~William Morris


“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates


“Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue? Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom? Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss? No, though we think the world imperfect, it surrounds us each day with its perfections. We are asked only to appreciate them, and to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them. The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world; He asks that we celebrate it.” ~Robert Brault


I hope you enjoyed these quotes!




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