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Quotes About Simplicity

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Albert Einstein
“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”
Albert Einstein

Jack Kerouac
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Natalie Babbitt
“Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.”
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

Nicholas Sparks
“And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered. But most of all, I learned that life is about sitting on benches next to ancient creeks with my hand on her knee and sometimes, on good days, for falling in love.”
Nicholas Sparks

Confucius
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Confucius

Leonardo da Vinci
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Henry David Thoreau
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
Ernst F. Schumacher

Lao Tzu
“Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.”
Lao Tzu

Groucho Marx
“A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.”
Groucho Marx

Joanne Harris
“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
Joanne Harris, Chocolat

Leo Tolstoy
“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”
Leo Tolstoy

William Golding
“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
William Golding, Lord of the Flies

Langston Hughes
“Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.

I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”
Langston Hughes

Henry David Thoreau
“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

Bruce Lee
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
Bruce Lee

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.
“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Henry David Thoreau
“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
Henry David Thoreau

Albert Einstein
“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”
Albert Einstein

Arthur Schopenhauer
“One should use common words to say uncommon things”
Arthur Schopenhauer

Bell Hooks
“Living simply makes loving simple.”
Bell Hooks

David Levithan
“It’s as simple as that. Simple and complicated, as most true things are.”
David Levithan, Every Day

Isaac Newton
“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy”
Isaac Newton

John Maeda
“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”
John Maeda, The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life

Isaac Newton
“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
Isaac Newton

Brenda Ueland
“When Van Gogh was a young man in his early twenties, he was in London studying to be a clergyman. He had no thought of being an artist at all. he sat in his cheap little room writing a letter to his younger brother in Holland, whom he loved very much. He looked out his window at a watery twilight, a thin lampost, a star, and he said in his letter something like this: "it is so beautiful I must show you how it looks." And then on his cheap ruled note paper, he made the most beautiful, tender, little drawing of it.

When I read this letter of Van Gogh's it comforted me very much and seemed to throw a clear light on the whole road of Art. Before, I thought that to produce a work of painting or literature, you scowled and thought long and ponderously and weighed everything solemnly and learned everything that all artists had ever done aforetime, and what their influences and schools were, and you were extremely careful about *design* and *balance* and getting *interesting planes* into your painting, and avoided, with the most astringent severity, showing the faintest *acedemical* tendency, and were strictly modern. And so on and so on.

But the moment I read Van Gogh's letter I knew what art was, and the creative impulse. It is a feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct, simple, passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to others, by drawing it.

And Van Gogh's little drawing on the cheap note paper was a work of art because he loved the sky and the frail lamppost against it so seriously that he made the drawing with the most exquisite conscientiousness and care. ”
Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit

Henry David Thoreau
“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.”
Ludwig Boltzmann

Victoria Moran
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. (148)”
Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

Thomas Sowell
“People who pride themselves on their "complexity" and deride others for being "simplistic" should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.”
Thomas Sowell, Barbarians inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays

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