Simple Living Quotes

Quotes tagged as "simple-living" (showing 1-30 of 68)
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

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

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

“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

“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: 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

“By simplifying our lives, we rediscover our child-like stalk of innocents that reconnects us with the central resin of our innate humanity that knows truth and goodness. To see the world through a lens of youthful rapture is to see life for what it can be and to see for ourselves what we wish to become. In this beam of newly discovered ecstasy for life, we realize the splendor of love, life, and the unbounded beauty of the natural world.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

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

“Forget about the money for a moment. Lose yourself in the wilderness, listen to the music of the softly blowing winds, feel the rain on your bare skin, let the mountains take the burden off your shoulders.”
Kiran Bisht

“The simple life is an authentic life.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Masanobu Fukuoka
“Before researchers become researchers they should become philosophers. They should consider what the human goal is, what it is that humanity should create.Doctors should first determine at the fundamental level what it is that human beings depend on for life...
Modern scientific agriculture, on the other hand, has no such vision. Research wanders about aimlessly, each researcher seeing just one part of the infinite array of natural factors which affect harvest yields.
Even though it is the same quarter acre, the farmer must grow his crops differently each year in accordance with variations in weather, insect populations, the condition of the soil, and many other natural factors. Nature is everywhere in perpetual motion; conditions are never exactly the same in any two years.
Modern research divides nature into tiny pieces and conducts tests that conform neither with natural law nor with practical experiences. The results are arranged for the convenience of research, not according to the needs of the farmer.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

“A minimalist by intent, I live a beautiful life with fewer things—simple, yet full.”
Laurie Buchanan, PhD

Kathy Gottberg
“Real luxury is not working like a maniac to take an expensive vacation--it is living a life you enjoy every day.”
Kathy Gottberg, Rightsizing * a Smart Living 365 Guide to Reinventing Retirement

“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

“Why let sadness chase you, and pain haunt you, when all you have to do is simply... let go?”
Salma Farook, What Your Soul Already Knows

“I have a few thoughts to share with all of you:

Life is truly beautiful in simplicity. When we lead a simple life we achieve an unknown happiness - a happiness that surpasses any other form of happiness.

And "Forrest Gump" has always been one
of my all time favorite movies in life. So I yearn to lead a life like that of Forrest Gump!

For me my ideal is Forrest Gump.

Hope I live up to my ideal.”
Avijeet Das

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

“Life is truly beautiful in simplicity. When we lead a simple life we achieve an unknown happiness - a happiness that surpasses any other form of happiness.

And "Forest Gump" has always been one
of my all time favorite movies in life. So I yearn to lead a life like that of Forrest Gump!

For me my ideal is Forrest Gump.

Hope I live up to my ideal.”
Avijeet Das

Masanobu Fukuoka
“Why do you have to develop? If economic growth rises from 5% to 10%, is happiness going to double? What's wrong with a growth rate of 0%? Isn't this a rather stable kind of economics? Could there be anything better than living simply and taking it easy?”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

“Life is truly beautiful in simplicity. When we lead a simple life we achieve an unknown happiness - a happiness that surpasses any other form of happiness.

And "Forrest Gump" has always been one
of my all time favorite movies in life. So I yearn to lead a life like that of Forrest Gump!

For me my ideal is Forrest Gump.

Hope I live up to my ideal.”
Avijeet Das

“I went hiking with my sister and a friend on the Appalachian Trail for 7 days. No change of clothes, no hot shower, no bed. By the end of it, I was thankful for just a hot cup of coffee and a shave.
As they say, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
This is true of people, possessions, and experiences.”
7Cups, 7 Cups for the Searching Soul

Bill Bryson
“Life takes on a neat simplicity, too. Time ceases to have any meaning. When it is dark, you go to bed, and when it is light again you get up, and everything in between is just in between.”
Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

Alyce Alexandra
“I have never aspired to be the greatest cook, but rather the greatest at inspiring others to cook. I believe the best way to do that is to make cooking approachable to all - with unpretentious recipes and delicious results, people are hooked. I hope my cookbooks are the ones covered in chocolate fingerprints with oil splatters and crinkled pages. The ones that never make it onto the bookshelf in the living room as they are tucked safely in the kitchen.”
Alyce Alexandra

Shashi
“When the living gets unburdened with needs and desires, the life becomes simple and easy to carry.”
Shashi, Songs of the Mist

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