“More was never the answer. The answer, it turned out, was always less.” ― Cait Flanders. Here are 30 Inspirational Minimalist Quotes.

Minimalist Quotes

1. “We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.” -Anna C. Brackett

2. “Digital minimalism definitively does not reject the innovations of the internet age, but instead rejects the way so many people currently engage with these tools.” ― Cal Newport

3. “Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” - William Morris

4. “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

5. “You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” - Charles Spurgeon

6. “I had bought things to tell people a story about who I was, or at least who I wanted them to think I was. By getting rid of those items I was taking back control of who I really was.” ― Michelle Mcgagh

7. “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” - Leo Tolstoy

8. “Simplicity isn’t about being a cold, hard minimalist. A different way of looking at simplicity is to take note of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. It is difficult to translate it directly into a Western sensibility but it is a way of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature.” ― Amanda Talbot

Minimalist Quotes

9. “Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.” - Henry David Thoreau

10. “Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.” - Baha’u’llah

11. “To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.” - Buddha

12. “It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.” - Henry David Beecher

13. “Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit experience and the last effort of genius.” - George Sand

14. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” - Confucious

15. “My riches consist, not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.” - Joseph Brotherton

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Minimalist Quotes

16. “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” - Lao Tzu

17. “Live simply so that others may simply live.” - Elizabeth Ann Seton

18. “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” - Socrates

19. “Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.” - Hosea Ballou

20. “Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” - Epicurus

21. “With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures, and some books, I live without envy.” - Lope de Vega

22. “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and he who has food is to do likewise.” - John the Baptist

Minimalist Quotes

23. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci

24. “Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” - Jesus Christ

25. “Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” - Thomas a Kempis

26. “If one had taken what is necessary to cover one’s needs and had left the rest to those who are in need, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, no one would be in need.” - Saint Basil

27. “If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life.” - Wu-Men

28. “Poverty is my pride.” - Muhammed

29. “It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” - Seneca

30. “Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants.” - Epictetus

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“Minimalism can help you find contentment and satisfaction and finally put meaning into your life. Just removing unnecessary things that do not bring any value to you will essentially open the door to a brand new perspective on living.”
― Jane Andrews
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“One can with but moderate possessions do what one ought.” ― Aristotle
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“Minimalism is built around the idea that there’s nothing that you’re lacking.”― Fumio Sasaki

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