Simple Living Quotes


“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis

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

“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” – Author unknown

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

“Only great minds can afford a simple style.” – Stendhal

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”  –  Proverb

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” – Marian Wright Edelman

“The greatest wealth is health.” – Virgil


“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” – Henry Miller

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.” – Rachel Carson

“You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” – Jan Glidewell

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

“When you are through changing, you are through.” – Bruce Barton

“Be smart, drink your wine.” – Horace

“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…” – Henry David Thoreau


“Reduce the complexities of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale

“Excess and deficiency are equally at fault.” – Confucius

“Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.” – Oliver Goldsmith

“The things you own end up owning you.” – Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

“It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” – Paul McCartney

Difficult situations

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” – Dr. Seuss

“But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. / Got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight.” – Bruce Cockburn (Lovers in a dangerous time)

“When you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” – Chinese Proverb

Experiential riches

“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” – Mohandas Gandhi

“Logic will get you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

“Why, then, the world’s mine oyster, / Which I with sword open.” – William Shakespeare

 “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”  – Albert Einstein

“If you never have you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” – Dr. Seuss


“Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“My friends are my estate.” – Emily Dickinson

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” – Henry David Thoreau

 “A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.” – Buddha

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” – Epictetus


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” – Art Linkletter

“Laughter is the best medicine.” – Proverb

“Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind” – Ralph Waldo Emerso

 “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” – Kakuzo Okakaura


8 Responses to Simple Living Quotes

  1. Pingback: Simple living quotes | Josh Martin Ink

  2. “Things you don’t end up cleaning in the kitchen, end up owning you.” Mr. Benoit Verte

    “2 norms in the rev are never better then 1” Rolls Royce

    “Agua is the best medicine” Jerome BookPaper

    “Let sleeping Matts (french) fry” the great po-zur

    “Hobos make strange bed fellows” The Big M

  3. Louise Martin says:

    I have no idea of the origin of the following but they certainly are expressive!

    Feelin’ lower then a snake’s belly in a rut

    three sheets to the wind (drunker than a skunk, in other words)

    Useless as tits on a boar.

    • Oh man, “useless as a tits on a boar.” I love that one.

      And I found this explanation for 3 sheets to the wind –> “Among nautical folks, a “sheet” refers to the rope used to secure a ship’s sail. On the square-rigged ships of yore, three sheets were needed to tie up the sails. So, if all three of the ship’s sheets were loose in the wind, the sail would flop about and the ship would go off course — rather like a drunken sailor staggering around on shore. ” (Source:

  4. Tess Van Osch says:

    Sorry this is actually a poem. But I think it is simply wonderful!!

    Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

    Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.

    As far as possible, without surrender,
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even to the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
    they are vexatious to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain or bitter,
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

    Exercise caution in your business affairs,
    for the world is full of trickery.
    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals,
    and everywhere life is full of heroism.
    Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love,
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
    it is as perennial as the grass.

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself.
    You are a child of the universe
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be.
    And whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life,
    keep peace in your soul.

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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