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Simplicity

  • ... simplicity is a thing beautiful in itself, like clear light.

  • A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

  • ... poverty denotes a lack of necessities and simplicity a lack of needs.

  • I'd much rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.

    • Emma Goldman,
    • 1926, in Frederick Griffin, Variety Show ()
  • We simplify not to understand but to persuade ourselves we do understand.

  • I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking. It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature.

    • Laura Ingalls Wilder,
    • 1917, in Stephen W. Hines, ed., Little House in the Ozarks: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler, The Rediscovered Writings ()
  • Simplicity is the most difficult thing in the world to ape.

  • It does not matter whether one paints a picture, writes a poem, or carves a statue — simplicity is the mark of a master-hand ...


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  • Simplicity of life is an essential for greatness of life.

  • The real drawback to 'the simple life' is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else. There is not time. For the simple life demands virtually that there shall be no specialization.

  • Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.

  • To get to the simplicity of a thing, you have to go through the complexity, and only once you've gone into and through the complexity can you state the simplicity. What never rings true is the person who states the simplicity without understanding the complexity.

  • It's dishonest to simplify anything that isn't simple.

  • ... simplicity is the peak of civilization.

  • But the path to simplicity is littered with complexities.

  • True simplicity is elegant.

  • No weapons are more potent than brevity and simplicity.

  • I try to maintain a low standard of living so I can afford a high standard of freedom.