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Quotes About Simple

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John Green
“I'm in love with you," he said quietly.

"Augustus," I said.

"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

L.M. Montgomery
“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

Dalai Lama XIV
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
Dalai Lama XIV, The Dalai Lama: A Policy of Kindness: An Anthology of Writings By and About the Dalai Lama

Mother Teresa
“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”
Mother Teresa

Arthur Conan Doyle
“Excellent!" I cried. "Elementary," said he.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Steve Jobs
“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

Caroline Knapp
“The dog’s agenda is simple, fathomable, overt: I want. “I want to go out, come in, eat something, lie here, play with that, kiss you. There are no ulterior motives with a dog, no mind games, no second-guessing, no complicated negotiations or bargains, and no guilt trips or grudges if a request is denied.”
Caroline Knapp

Natsuki Takaya
“It's all very simple. But maybe because it's so simple, it's also hard.”
Natsuki Takaya

Plato
“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”
Plato

Deb Caletti
“The most basic and somehow forgettable thing is this: Love is not pain. Love is goodness. And real love--it's less shiny than solid and simple.”
Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

Kazuo Ishiguro
“I do not think I responded immediately, for it took me a moment or two to fully digest these words of Miss Kenton. Moreover, as you might appreciate, their implications were such as to provoke a certain degree of sorrow within me. Indeed- why should I not admit it? - at that moment, my heart was breaking.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

Ann Voskamp
“Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.”
Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Gail Tsukiyama
“Everything seems simpler from a distance.”
Gail Tsukiyama, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms

“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 Wybe Dijkstra

Gustave Flaubert
“What baffled him was that there should be all this fuss about something so simple as love.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Henry David Thoreau
“It is desirable that a man live in all respects so simply and preparedly that if an enemy take the town... he can walk out the gate empty-handed and without anxiety.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dean Koontz
“Always, the eye sees more than the mind can comprehend, and we go through life self-blinded to much that lies before us. We want a simple world, but we live in a magnificently complex one, and rather than open ourselves to it, we perceive the world through filters that make it less daunting.”
Dean Koontz, Relentless

Sylvia Plath
“I woke to the sound of rain.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Toba Beta
“Smartass Disciple: Why do arrogant people like to say complex words ?
Master of Stupidity: Ask them straight! You'll get a simple scary version.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

John Marsden
“When it's all said and done, the only thing that matter in life are so damn simple. Family, friends. being safe and well. I think before the war a lot of people got sucked in by the crap on TV. They thought having the right shoes or the right jeans or the right car really mattered. Boy were we ever dumb.”
John Marsden, The Night is For Hunting

Douglas Coupland
“People who advocate simplicity have money in the bank; the money came first, not the simplicity.”
Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief

Jason R. Thrift
“We spend so much time creating a façade of what we want to project to the world, we almost forget what we ourselves are truly about in the process.”
Jason R. Thrift, The Civilization Loop: The End Is the Beginning

“There will Be a Moment when Your eyes meet, and everything in the world will be simple again.”
Michael Edwards

Amy Tan
“A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.”
Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter

Alfred North Whitehead
“The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanations of complex facts. We are apt to fall into the error of thinking that the facts are simple because simplicity is the goal of our quest. The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, 'Seek simplicity and distrust it.”
Alfred North Whitehead, The Concept of Nature: The Tarner Lectures Delivered in Trinity College, 11/1919

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“GOOD MORNING," said the little prince.

"Good Morning," said the salesclerk. This was a salesclerk who sold pills invented to quench thirst. Swallow one a week and you no longer feel any need to drink.

"Why do you sell these pills?"

"They save so much time," the salesclerk said. "Experts have calculated that you can save fifty-three minutes a week."

"And what do you do with those fifty-three minutes?"

"Whatever you like."

"If I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked," the little prince said to himself, "I'd walk very slowly toward a water fountain...”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“Simple things bring infinite pleasure. Yet, it takes us a while to realize that. But once simple is in, complex it out - forever.”
Joan F. Marques

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