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25 Quotes to Inspire You to Simplify Your Life

Words are powerful. They can inspire us, motivate us and push us to take action. If you’re in the process of simplifying and decluttering, here are 25 quotes that will inspire and encourage you to take action and bring you closer to your goals and dreams

Here are my favorite quotes about simple living – wise words by authors and thinkers from bygone eras – from Stoic philosophers, scientists, entrepreneurs, ancient intellectuals to modern minimalist gurus, bloggers, and people like you and me.

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  1. The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.


  1. It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.


  1. The things you own end up owning you.

Joshua Fields Millburn

  1. That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

Steve Jobs

  1. Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.

Richard Branson

  1. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo Da Vinci

  1. Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris

  1. Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.


  1. Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.

Bill Gates

  1. Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. 


  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.

Joshua Becker

  1. The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.

Marie Kondo

  1. Your home is living space, not storage space.

Francine Jay

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  1. Love people, use things. The opposite never works.

The Minimalists

  1. There are two ways to be rich: one is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.

Jackie French Koller

  1. Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor – it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.

Peter Walsh

  1. Enjoy your favorite things every day by only owning your favorite things.


  1. Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.


  1. Collect moments, not things. 

Paulo Coelho

  1. Less is more.


  1. You don’t need more space. You need less stuff.

Joshua Becker

  1. Own less stuff. Find more purpose.


  1. If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.

Dalai Lama


Don’t just read the quotes. Use them to change your life. Change is possible, and it starts today



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