Minimalism and Simplicity Quotes That Will Inspire You

Sharing 50 inspiring quotes about minimalism and simplicity. I am sure you will be able to find one if not multiple quotes that will inspire you.

  1. “Minimalism is built around the idea that there’s nothing that you’re lacking.” – Fumio Sasaki
  2. “Minimalism isn’t about removing things you love. It’s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love.” – Joshua Becker
  3. “Minimalism is asking why before you buy.” – Francine Jay
  4. “I’ve learned that minimalism is not about what you own, it’s about why you own it.” – Brian Gardner
  5. “I make myself rich by making my wants few.” – Henry David Thoreau
  6. “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers
  7. “The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.” – Mother Teresa
  8. “We all know that possessions do not equal happiness. It’s just that we’ve been told this lie for so long that we start to believe it, our hearts start to buy into it, and it begins to affect the way we live our lives.” – Joshua Fields Millburn
  9. “Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy.” Leo Babauta
  10. “Minimalism is the constant art of editing your life.” – Danny Dover
  11. “Your home is living space, not storage space.” – Francine Jay
  12. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann
  13. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucious, 551 BCE
  14. “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates, 469 BCE
  15.  “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”- Marie Kondo
  16. “The most complicated skill is to be simple.” – Anonymous
  17. “Simplicity is not about deprivation. Simplicity is about a greater appreciation for things that really matter.” – Anonymous
  18. “To be richer, happier, and freer, all you need to do is want less.” – Francine Jay
  19. “In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.” –Plato
  20. “If our lives are burdened with clutter, we’re giving the best of ourselves away to the things that matter least.” – Erica Layne
  21. “There are more things to gain from eliminating excess than you might imagine: time, space, freedom, and energy, for example.”- Fumio Sasaki
  22. A minimalist realizes that acquiring stuff doesn’t make us happy. That earning more and having more are meaningless. That filling your life with busy-ness and freneticism isn’t desirable, but something to be avoided. A minimalist values quality, not quantity, in all forms.” – Leo Babauta
  23. “It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”- Seneca
  24.  “The best present is presence.  You see, the people I care about mean much more to me than a new pair of shoes or a shiny new gadget or even a certified pre-owned luxury car with a huge bow on top.  And yet, many of us attempt to give material items to make up for the time we don’t spend with the people we love.” – The Minimalists
  25. “Taking time for ourselves, especially when we’re overwhelmed and don’t want to, helps declutter the mind. Everyone has twenty minutes a day to clear their mental clutter.”- Joshua Fields Millburn
  26. “Our excessive possessions are not making us happy. Even worse, they are taking us away from the things that do. Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we are free to pursue all the things that really do matter.”- Joshua Becker
  27. “Minimalism is really about reassessment of priorities, so you can remove unnecessary things from your life; get rid of things like possessions, activities, and relationships that do not improve or bring value to your life.”- Jane Andrews
  28. Minimalism looks different for everyone because it’s about finding what is essential to you.”- Joshua Fields Millburn
  29. “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” – Coco Chanel
  30. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”- Leonardo da Vinci
  31. “The core of beauty is simplicity.” – Paulo Coelho
  32. “If buying stuff hasn’t made you happy, maybe getting rid of it will.” – Joshua Becker
  33. “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” – Leo Babauta
  34. “Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn’t.” – Brian Gardner
  35. “The more simple we are, the more complete we become.” – August Rodin
  36. “Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.” – D.H. Mondfleur
  37. “Eat, drink and love… the rest is not worth a nickel.” – Lord Byron
  38. “Simplicity is the end result of long, hard work, not the starting point.” – Frederick Maitland
  39. “To be content, look backward on those who possess less than yourself, not forward on those who possess more. If this does not make you content, you don’t deserve to be happy.” – Benjamin Franklin
  40. “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
  41. “Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.” – Swedish Proverb
  42. “Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’.” – Marcus Aurelius
  43. “The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right 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 in life.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  44. “Do not beat around the bush. Do not take winding detours. Follow a straight line to the objective; simplicity is the shortest distance between two points.” – Bruce Lee
  45. “For the longest time, I thought I needed to be more organized. Now I know I just needed less stuff.” – Alysa Bajenaru
  46. “Enjoy the simple, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work.” – Benjamin Hoff
  47. “Simplicity is not the absence of clutter, that’s a consequence of simplicity. Simplicity is somehow essentially describing the purpose and place of an object and product. The absence of clutter is just a clutter-free product. That’s not simple.” – Jonathan Ive
  48. “Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry.” – Henry David Thoreau
  49. “Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.” – Harold Kushner
  50. “Collect moments, not things.” – Paulo Coelho

3 thoughts on “Minimalism and Simplicity Quotes That Will Inspire You

  1. Lily-Anne January 12, 2022 / 8:42 pm

    These quotes are so good. I can already feel my mindset becoming lighter. ✨


  2. justamarylandgirl January 21, 2022 / 12:47 am

    Love all of these! These quotes have me even more excited about reading Joshua Becker’s book! I read Fumiu Susaki’s book “Goodbye Things” and that is very motivating.

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