Simple Living Quotes

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Charlotte Eriksson
“Let me wake up next to you, have coffee in the morning and wander through the city with your hand in mine, and I'll be happy for the rest of my fucked up little life.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Empty Roads & Broken Bottles: in search for The Great Perhaps

Masanobu Fukuoka
“I do not particularly like the word 'work.' Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

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

“The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows who they are lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. A person must be selective with their time and energy because both elements of life are limited.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Elaine St. James
“...there are often many things we feel we should do that, in fact, we don't really have to do. Getting to the point where we can tell the difference is a major milestone in the simplification process.”
Elaine St. James, Living the Simple Life: A Guide to Scaling Down and Enjoying More

Hal Leonard Corporation
“Well, all I need is the air I breathe and a place to rest my head.”
OneRepublic, OneRepublic: Dreaming Out Loud

“People no longer live by sun and moon, by wind and stars, but by some slyly contrived conventions known as clocks and calendars.”
Matthew Goldman, The Journals of Constant Waterman: Paddling, Poling, and Sailing for the Love of It

Toba Beta
“I could smell an arrogance,
it was my cheap fragrance.”
Toba Beta [Betelgeuse Incident], Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

bell hooks
“When we black people commit ourselves to living simply as a political action, as a way of breaking the stress caused by unrelenting hedonistic desire for material objects that are not needed for survival, or essential to well-being, we will not be talking about ebonics. We will be out in the streets demanding that the public schools have enough teachers so that all kids, cross color, can read and write in standard English and in Spanish too.”
bell hooks, Black Genius: African-American Solutions to African-American Problems

Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning sun can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Masanobu Fukuoka
“I wonder how it is that people's philosophies have come to spin faster than the changing seasons.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

“Life already has so many boundaries and pressures - why add more in the garden?”
Felder Rushing

Mehmet Murat ildan
“When simple is more than enough, you will feel happy more than enough!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mark  Warren
“I was rich, for there was nothing else that I needed or wanted.”
Mark Warren, Two Winters in a Tipi: My Search for the Soul of the Forest

Thomas Lloyd Qualls
“The simplest things are overlooked. And yet, it is the simplest things that are the most essential.”
Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen

“Living aboard one's sailboat and having neither house nor vehicle nor job, and needing none, would be hubris—the most arrogant presumption—and therefore suitable punishable by the gods. One would be drowned by Poseidon early on and die extremely happy.”
Matthew Goldman, The Journals of Constant Waterman: Paddling, Poling, and Sailing for the Love of It

Mark Helprin
“Potatoes have much more staying power than caviar.”
Mark Helprin, Freddy and Fredericka

Lisa J. Shultz
“My new deliberate and slower pace has created a higher quality in my experiences.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Arto Paasilinna
“Anyone could live this life, he reflected, provided they had the sense to give up the other way of life.”
Arto Paasilinna, The Year of the Hare

Neil Ansell
“This was the pattern of my days, a simple life led by natural rhythms rather than the requirements and expectations of others.”
Neil Ansell, Deep Country: Five Years in the Welsh Hills

K.A. Tucker
“I floundered over job listings and career discussions with headhunters, none of them appealing to me, the idea of going back to a nine-to-five job, crammed into subway cars like cattle, staring at spreadsheets all day with Micromanaging Marks and Type-A Taras hovering around me a soul-crushing prospect.”
K.A. Tucker, Wild at Heart

Abhijit Naskar
“We need more country than concrete, we need more mind than material, we need more savannah than sky-scrapers, we need more melody than malady. And this can only happen if we make simplicity and responsibility the way of life.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Gospel of Technology

“It is so simple to be difficult.

But so difficult to be simple.”
Live Life Essence

Aashu Kandoi
“Say what you mean,
Mean what you say.”
Aashu Kandoi, Soft Corner: Essence of Being Human

Abhijit Naskar
“First, learn to live a simple life, then talk about social justice.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“Serenity shrinks as luxury grows.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Tom Papa
“The more money you make, the more you spend on stupid stuff and the more you grow your life into something bigger, and that bigger life needs even more money. Ultimately you end up more stressed than when you started out. The trick is to live a small, simple life, but for some reason we aren’t built that way. We always want more. And it’s stupid.”
Tom Papa, You're Doing Great!: And Other Reasons to Stay Alive

“Fill everything, but own nothing.
We are vessels, not containers”
Dr. Toyin Omofoye

Abhijit Naskar
“Lesser the needs, better the life.”
Abhijit Naskar, Gente Mente Adelante: Prejudice Conquered is World Conquered

Krupa Ge
“I have been hiding. I have called it waiting so
far. But waiting is really hiding. Some days I worry that I
will die in hiding. That I will go, not even having lived the
glorious richness of an ordinary life filled with routines.”
Krupa Ge, What We Know About Her

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