Quotes for
the Journey:

Simplicity



  
Make room for yourself in your
life by keeping it simple.

Stephen C. Paul

   

Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.      -Woman's Home Companion (1935)

   

Prison life taught him how little one can get along with, and what extraordinary spiritual freedom and peace such simplification can bring.  I remember again, ironically, that today more of us in the world have the luxury of choice between simplicity and complication of life.  And for the most part, we, who could choose simplicity, choose complication.       -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

   
Living life fully doesn't mean having it all, going everywhere, doing everything, and being all things to all people.  Many of us are beginning to see that too much is too much.       -Elaine St. James
   

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.      -Laura Ingalls Wilder

   
It's possible to have too much in life.  Too many clothes jade our appreciation for new ones; too much money can put us out of touch with life; too much free time can dull the edge of the soul.  We need sometimes to come very near the bone so that we can taste the marrow of life rather than its superfluities.       -Joan Chittister
    
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.       -Charles Mingus

  
If one's life is simple, contentment has to come.  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.       -the Dalai Lama
   
There is a majesty in simplicity.       -Alexander Pope
    
You were trying to be simple for the sake of being simple.  I wonder if true simplicity is ever anything but a by-product.  If we aim directly for it, it eludes us; but if we are on fire with some great interest that absorbs our lives to the uttermost, we forget ourselves into simplicity.  Everything falls into simple lines around us, like a worn garment.       -David Grayson
   
Itĺs simple things, like a glowing sunset, the sound of a running stream or the fresh smell in a meadow that cause us to pause and marvel at the wonder of life, to contemplate its meaning and significance.  Who can hold an autumn leaf in their hand, or sift the warm white sand on the beach, and not wonder at the Creator of it all?       -Wendy Moore
   
In character, in manners, in style, in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.      -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.      -Hans Hofmann
   
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.       -Khalil Gibran
   
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury-- to me these have always been contemptible.  I assume that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.       -Albert Einstein
   
Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.       -Jon Franklin
   
Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.       -Charles Dudley Warner
   
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  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
   
People must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied; they must know how to disengage what is essential from the detail in which it is enwrapped, for everything cannot be equally considered; in a word, they must be able to simplify their duties, their business, and their lives.      -Henri Frederic Amiel
   
Do you know the more I look into life, the more things it seems to me I can successfully lack--and continue to grow happier.  How many kinds of food I do not need, or cooks to cook them, how much curious clothing or tailors to make it, how many books I have never read, and pictures that are not worthwhile!  The farther I run, the more I feel like casting aside all such impediments--lest I fail to arrive at the far goal of my endeavor.       -David Grayson

    

Live simply that others may simply live.       -Elizabeth Seton
    
Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.       -Joshua Reynolds
   
The boy and girl going hand in hand through a meadow; the mother washing her baby; the sweet simple things in life.  We have almost lost track of them.  On the one side, we over-intellectualize everything; on the other hand, we are over-mechanized.  We can understand the danger of the atomic bomb, but the danger of our misunderstanding the meaning of life is much more serious.       -Edward Steichen
   
I believe the art of living consists not so much in complicating simple things as in simplifying things that are not.       -Franšois Hertel
   
Everything should be made as simple as possible. . . but not simpler.        -Albert Einstein
   
When we are truly in this interior simplicity our whole appearance is franker, more natural.  This true simplicity. . . makes us conscious of a certain openness, gentleness, innocence, gaiety, and serenity.  O, how amiable this simplicity is!  Who will give it to me?  I leave all for this.  It is the pearl of the Gospel.      -Francois Fenelon
    
In character, in manners, in style, in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.      -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    

When one begins to practice simplicity, the ego is deprived of the very strategy by which it sustains itself.  Nothing will deflate the ego more effectively than to be recognized for what it is.  It lives by pretension.  It dies when the mask is torn away and the stark reality is exposed to the gaze of others.
  Simplicity also avails in braking the tyranny of things.  Ostentation, artificiality, ornamentation, pretentious style, luxury--all require things.  One requires few things to be one's self, one's age, and one's moral, intellectual, or spiritual stature.  What one is does not depend on what one has.        -Albert E. Day

   

How many undervalue the power of simplicity!  But it is the real key to the heart.      -William Wordsworth
   

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Voluntary simplicity involves both inner and outer conditions.  It means singleness of purpose, sincerity and honesty within, as well as avoidance of exterior clutter, of many possessions irrelevant to the chief purpose of life.     -Richard Gregg
  
The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.  A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life.  For me this began with the discovery of the meaninglessness of possessions beyond my actual and immediate needs.     -Peace Pilgrim
  
I love my sea-shell of a house.  I wish I could live in it always.  I wish I could transport it home.  But I cannot.  It will not hold a husband, five children and the necessities and trappings of daily life.  I can only carry back my little channeled whelk.  It will sit on my desk in Connecticut, to remind me of the ideal of a simplified life, to encourage me in the game I played on the beach.  To ask how little, not how much, can I get along with.  To say--is it necessary?--when I am tempted to add one more accumulation to my life, when I am pulled toward one more centrifugal activity.
   Simplification of outward life is not enough.  It is merely the outside.  But I am starting with the outside.  I am looking at the outside of a shell, the outside of my life--the shell.  The complete answer is not to be found on the outside, in an outward mode of living.  This is only a technique, a road to grace.  The final answer, I know, is always inside.  But the outside can give a clue, can help one to find the inside answer.  One is free, like the hermit crab, to change one's shell.     -Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
  
The Art of Simplicity
Wilferd A. Peterson

"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!" wrote Thoreau.  "I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and not as a hundred or a thousand."

The art of simplicity is simply to simplify. . .

Simplicity avoids the superficial, penetrates the complex, goes to the heart of the problem and pinpoints key factors.

Simplicity does not beat around the bush.  It does not take winding detours.  It follows a straight line to the objective.  Simplicity is the shortest distance between two points.

Simplicity does not elucidate the obscure, it emphasizes the obvious.

Simplicity solves problems.  Listen to the testimony of Charles Kettering, a genius of modern research:  "The problem when solved will be simple."

Simplicity discovers great ideas; a swinging cathedral lamp inspired the pendulum, watching a tea kettle led to the steam engine, and a falling apple revealed the law of gravitation.

Simplicity is the mark of greatness.  "To be simple is to be great," wrote Emerson.  Only little people pretend; big people are genuine and sincere.

Simplicity has given all the big things little names:  dawn, day hope, love, home, peace, life, death.

Simplicity is eloquent:  it is the Twenty-third Psalm and the Gettysburg address.

Simplicity uses little words.  It practices the wisdom of Lincoln, who said, "make it so simple a child will understand; then no one will misunderstand."

Simplicity deepens life.  It magnifies the simple virtues on which people's survival depends:  humility, faith, courage, serenity, honesty, patience, justice, tolerance, thrift.

Simplicity is the arrow of the spirit!

  
Simplicity lies concealed in this chaos, and it is only for us to discover it.     -Augustin Fresnel
  
Simplicity of life is the true secret of happiness.  Unhampered experience of joy which lies within comes out of simplicity.  Your life should never be complicated with too many things.     -Chinananda
  
The greatness of simplicity comes in no small way, from an appreciation of truth and beauty.     -Fred Van Amburgh
  
The simplified life is a sanctified life,
Much more calm, much less strife.
Oh, what wondrous truths are unveiled--
Projects succeed which had previously failed.
Oh, how beautiful life can be,
Beautiful simplicity.

Peace Pilgrim
  

  
Simplicity brings back the joys of Paradise.  Not that we have pure pleasure without a momentĺs suffering, but when we are surrendered to God, we are not grasping for pleasure, and even our troubles are received with thanksgiving.  This inner harmony, and this deliverance from fear and the tormenting desires of self, create a satisfaction in the soul which is above all the intoxicating joys of this world put together.     -Franšois Fenelon
  
Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it.  And to make matters worse:  complexity sells better.     -Edsger W. Dijkstra
  
The life of simplicity is simple, but it opens to us a book in which we never get beyond the first syllable.     -Dag Hammarskj÷ld
  
Let us not get so busy or live so fast that we can't listen to the music of the meadow or the symphony that glorifies the forest.  Some things in the world are far more important than wealth; one of them is the ability to enjoy simple things.     -Dale Carnegie
  

    

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