Simple Sayings

Simplicity Focuses on the Important Rather Than the Urgent

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Simple things like sayings can still have a strong impact. LWA/Larry Williams/ Blend Images/ Getty Images

Simplicity is about more than taking your time to soak in the warmth of the sun or stopping to smell the flowers, although those actions could certainly fit in a simple lifestyle. Simplicity is about deciding what is necessary and important in your life and then not being distracted by the business that fills our days. It is about focusing on the important, rather than the urgent. The term simplicity can also imply a lack of pretense or sophistication, although many would claim that the simplest life is the most sophisticated.

 

Quotes on Simplicity

John Kabat-Zinn
"Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more."

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

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

Charles Warner
"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough."

Confucius
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

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

Charles de Lint
"Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still, have meaning."

Socrates
"Beware the barrenness of a busy life."

Dalai Lama
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."

William Morris
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

Orison Marden
"The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling."

Ronald Reagan
"There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right." 

Warren Buffett
"The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective."

Doris Janzen Longacre
"The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich and creative, it isn't simple."

Elizabeth Seaton
"Live simply that others might simply live."

Henry David Thoreau
"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."

"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify."

Leonardo Da Vinci
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

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

Stendhal
"Only great minds can afford a simple style."

Oscar Wilde
"Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex."

Arnold H. Glasgow
"Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time."

Lao Tzu
"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures."

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