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.
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.
It is the
sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
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
the simple complicated is commonplace;
making the complicated simple, awesomely simple,
that's creativity. -Charles Mingus
one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is
important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied
with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough
clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.
|There is a majesty in simplicity.
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.
|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?
character, in manners, in style, in all things the supreme excellence is
simplicity. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the
necessary may speak. -Hans
obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it
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.
|Simplicity, carried to an
extreme, becomes elegance. -Jon Franklin
is making the journey of this life
with just baggage enough. -Charles
confidently in the direction of your dreams! As you simplify your
the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be
poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
|People must be
able to cut
a knot, for everything cannot
they must know
disengage what is
essential from the detail
it is enwrapped,
everything cannot be
in a word,
they must be
duties, their business,
and their lives. -Henri Frederic
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
simply that others
may simply live. -Elizabeth Seton
an exact medium between too little and too much.
boy and girl going hand in hand through a meadow; the mother washing her
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
I believe the
art of living consists not so much in complicating
simple things as in
simplifying things that are not.
should be made as simple
as possible. . . but not simpler.
we are truly in this interior simplicity our whole appearance
more natural. This true simplicity. . . makes us conscious
certain openness, gentleness, innocence, gaiety, and serenity. O,
this simplicity is! Who will give it to me? I
leave all for this. It is the pearl of the Gospel.
in manners, in style, in all things
the supreme excellence is simplicity. -Henry
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,
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
many undervalue the power of simplicity!
But it is the real key to the heart. -William
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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
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
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
Art of Simplicity
simplicity, simplicity!" wrote Thoreau. "I
say let your affairs be as one, two, three and not as a
hundred or a thousand."
of simplicity is simply to simplify. . .
avoids the superficial, penetrates the complex, goes to
the heart of the problem and pinpoints key factors.
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.
does not elucidate the obscure, it emphasizes the obvious.
solves problems. Listen to the testimony of Charles
Kettering, a genius of modern research: "The
problem when solved will be simple."
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
is the mark of greatness. "To be simple is to
be great," wrote Emerson. Only little people
pretend; big people are genuine and sincere.
has given all the big things little names: dawn, day
hope, love, home, peace, life, death.
is eloquent: it is the Twenty-third Psalm and the
uses little words. It practices the wisdom of
Lincoln, who said, "make it so simple a child will
understand; then no one will misunderstand."
deepens life. It magnifies the simple virtues on
which people's survival depends: humility, faith,
courage, serenity, honesty, patience, justice, tolerance,
is the arrow of the spirit!
lies concealed in this chaos, and it is only for us to discover
it. -Augustin Fresnel
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
greatness of simplicity comes in no small way, from an
appreciation of truth and beauty. -Fred
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,
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
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.
life of simplicity is simple, but it opens to us a book in which
we never get beyond the first syllable.
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
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