Simplicity Quotes, Sayings and Proverbs to Make You Think Again

A collection of simplicity quotes, sayings and proverbs to share with your friends and family.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo da Vinci

Nature is pleased with simplicity. ~Isaac Newton

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. ~Aristotle

To be simple is the best thing in the world; to be modest is the next best thing. I am not sure about being quiet. ~G. K. Chesterton

Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing. ~Oscar Wilde

Less is more. ~Mies van der Rohe

The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. ~Thomas Ă  Kempis

Let us learn to live simply, so that others may simply live. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity. ~Plato

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. ~Albert Einstein

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. ~Confucius

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. ~Charles Mingus

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~Hans Hofmann

Things to remember: 1) The worth of character; 2) The improvement of talent; 3) The influence of example; 4) The joy of origination; 5) The dignity of simplicity; 6) The success of perseverance. ~Marshall Field

Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much. ~Sir Joshua Reynolds

Simplicity is the nature of great souls. ~Papa Ramadas

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. ~Edwin Way Teale

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand… We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without. ~Henry David Thoreau

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. ~Anonymous

Simplicity is indeed often the sign of truth and a criterion of beauty. ~Mahlon Hoagland

Simple style is like white light. It is complex, but its complexity is not obvious. ~Anatole France

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I’ve learned to keep things simple. Look at your choices, pick the best one, then go to work with all your heart. ~Pat Riley

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind. ~Albert Einstein

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. ~Henry Longsworth Longfellow

I have learned by some experience, by many examples, and by the writings of countless others before me, also occupied in the search, that certain environments, certain modes of life, certain rules of conduct are more conducive to inner and outer harmony than others. There are, in fact, certain roads that one may follow. Simplification of life is one of them. ~Ann Morrow Lindbergh

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. ~E. F. Schumacker

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. ~Winston Churchill

Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~Albert Einstein

A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life. ~Winston Churchill

The simplest things are often the truest. ~Richard Bach

Simply the thing that I am shall make me live. ~William Shakespeare

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. ~Frederic Chopin

Simplicity is the glory of expression. ~Walt Whitman

Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity. ~Ezra Pound

Life is beautiful in its simplicity. ~Thomas Matthiessen

You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans. ~Indian proverb

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. ~Socrates

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. ~Thomas More

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