Back When Life Was Easy I miss my life when life was perfect. Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism. My Mother Vs. Meth By Why shouldn’t I be happy? Charles Wagner Click to tweet, Simplicity is the end result of long, hard work, not the starting point. Eleanor Roosevelt Click to tweet, I’m not impressed by your looks, money, social status or job title. What happened to the great world god made??? Bertrand Russell, It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life. Benjamin Franklin, Let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail. “Truth is what stands the test of experience.”. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life. Don’t create needs for yourself. Common Mistakes: the word "i" should be capitalized, "u" is not a word, and "im" is spelled "I'm" or "I am". Complexity zeros out. Jeans, a t-shirt: the simpler the better. Amy Bloom, Real elegance is simply a true encounter with oneself. Friedrich Nietzsche, Complete possession is proved only by giving. Richard Feynman Click to tweet, If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity. Thomas Merton, A great man is always willing to be little. The Minimalists, True happiness is…to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. I really like this poem. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies. Joshua Becker, Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Aristotle, More kindness quotes, humility quotes, honesty quotes, Think 8 hours, work 2 hours. I have also collected them for quite some time. Joshua Becker, You don’t need more space, you need less stuff. Linda McCartney Click to tweet, You might get 85 years on this planet – don’t spend 65 paying off a lifestyle you can’t afford. Joshua Fields Millburn, He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Thomas Aquinas, Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions. Edward Tufte, Simplicity is not the goal. You just have to stop trying to figure it out. Jack Kerouac, See also: The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life (becomingminimalist.com). Leo Babauta, The goal isn’t to get rid of all your negative thoughts, feelings, and life situations. That is sublime. People are struggling economically and this has forced them to scale back the material aspects of their lives and realise the beauty of finding the simple joy in being with the people we love. The simpler things are, the happier they are. Dee Williams, https://padtinyhouses.com/dee-williams/, The things you wear don’t make you beautiful; they accentuate the beauty that’s already there. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, He is the richest who is content with the least. Edwin Way Teale, Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. The Mindfulness Project https://www.londonmindful.com/blog, Shedding unnecessary stuff and commitments will free up space in your life for abundance of the best kind. by becomingminimalist.com), Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. The physical skills required are no greater than for writing cursive script. Alysa Bajenaru http://inspiredrd.com/, At some point I realized that I wasn’t organizing my life; I was organizing my clutter. William Of Occam, A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Stop managing your time. If that isn’t the case, then your stuff owns you. Younger age groups of children and adults are now becoming heavily absorbed in it, unaware that social media presents rose-tinted versions of life as the truth, and it’s against this fiction that they’re comparing themselves. Marcus Aurelius, Find joy in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference to what lies between virtue and vice. All covetousness is spiritual. Scott Westerfeld, We are not what we own; we are what we do, what we think and who we love. Mark Twain, Complex things are easy to do. Jean-Louis Gassée, Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. In BMX, there are no guarantees. Derek Landy, Everything is both simpler than we can imagine, and more complicated that we can conceive. Edward de Bono, Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain. Paulo Coelho, Elegance is elimination. Back when everything was better than today? Pearl Zhu, Complexity is impressive, but simplicity is genius. Henry David Thoreau Click to tweet. (Note: In ancient Chinese, rivers and mountains also mean “dynasty”. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. Ryan Nicodemus https://www.theminimalists.com/nicodemus/, Forget sale price. John Ray, There is beauty, heartbreaking beauty, everywhere. In all aspects of our society we overcomplicate things under the guise of making things easier and simpler, when in fact we are doing the opposite. Marc and Angel, I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility. 3. Life in the old days was relatively simpler in the absence of highly sophisticated technology that we have today. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. © Lin Yutang, Eliminate physical clutter. Beauty, what a weapon! George Sand, Simplicity is the nature of great souls. Marie Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all. Gary Keller, Until my one thing is done, everything else is a distraction. Lin Yutang, What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful. Lin Yutang, Simplicity is hard to build, easy to use, and hard to charge for. Hi Lisa, thanks for your comment. The word itself is music. Barbara Kingsolver Click to tweet, Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity. There is a sense of delight and of fearlessness. What Happened To The Happy Days? Douglas Horton Click to tweet, There must be more to life than having everything. 1. I believe there are aspects of the narrative that become easier to understand by shifting the focus of the story to the characters. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. Albert Einstein. Papa Ramadas, Our life is frittered away by detail. Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else. Elise Boulding, We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. That’s what I’ve been after. Mother Teresa, Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be. Horace Fletcher, Wherever I am, let me never forget to distinguish want from need. And it had to make sense on its own. Frederick Lenz, When there’s nothing but humility, there’s nothing but spiritual oneness. Courtney Carver, What you focus on grows. Thich Nhat Hanh, Simplicities are enormously complex. They’re beautiful, I enjoy them, they can enhance your life to a certain degree, but they’re ultimately not important. Everything is 100% off when you don’t buy it. It is sunshine. Frederic Chopin, Do not beat around the bush. Jon Franklin, Only great minds can afford a simple style. Mahatma Gandhi, For a happier life, keep only the things you love and use. Plato Click to tweet, Smile, breathe and go slowly. I’m impressed by the way you treat other human beings. Thich Nhat Hanh, The expression of truth is simplicity. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are. Shane Parrish, Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. Francine Jay, It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. Donald Horban, The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. Having no other things life could offer, people were content to the simple way of life. We are no longer truly simple. Marcus Tullius Cicero, No truly great person ever thought themselves so. As you get older, you start to take away. Francis Jourdain, Design is the conscious effort to impose a meaningful order. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Walt Whitman, It takes a long time to learn how to do something simple.