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Less Is More: An Anthology of Ancient Modern Voices Raised in Praise of Simplicity

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This timely anthology brings together thought-provoking maxims on the art of conscious living, inspired by the ancient tradition of the Golden Mean and the natural laws of economy and conservation. Less Is More draws us into the company of men and women from many eras and cultures, whose writings explore the virtues of simplicity and moderation in living.

Confucious, Patañj

Paperback, 334 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Inner Traditions (first published June 1st 1991)
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Feb 11, 2012 Richard rated it liked it
"Always bear this in mind, that very little indeed is necessary for living a happy life."
~Marcus Aurelius
from page 27

"Turn yourself into gold and then live wherever you please."
~Sri Ramakrishna
from page 143

"In short, all good things are wild and free."
from page 175

see page 233 for a few more great quotes.

Michael Huang
May 29, 2016 Michael Huang rated it it was ok
If you're searching for wisdom offered by the wise on living a simple life, this is the wrong book to start with. Its format is way too fragmented to offer much deep thought. Its excerpts are often too canned and cliché sounding. The organization of different chapters is also not lucid but more haphazard. The only good part is that you might mind an occasional quote that is good.
Aug 12, 2007 Steel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young People
So this book is basically a collection of aphorisms and quotations on why being poor is wonderful and how to be happy without many possessions. I loved it.
Aug 12, 2010 Lincoln rated it it was amazing
Though it is an anthology of different writers, the sentiment is not overbearing though when repeated reinforces to me how much we fritter away ourlives in pursuit of materialism and how culturally nothing more is expected. Materialism leaves a veil over the eyes of what life can be and this book brought that point home to me. Thanks!
Michael Ryan
Jul 24, 2011 Michael Ryan rated it did not like it
This is a silly book and I do not recommend it. Given that the subject is the virtues of simplicity, it seems incongruous to me that this book is probably a money-making scheme for the author. Any of us could drag together a bunch of random quotations on a subject and then publish them as a book. I was hoping for something a little more considered.
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Nov 29, 2008 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story about a couple that gives up their hectic life in California to take over their parents' orchard out east and their quest for balance.
Oct 27, 2007 kelly marked it as to-read
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