“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” —Confucius. Here are 50 Inspirational Simplicity Quotes.

Simplicity Quotes

1.“If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself.” —Albert Einstein

2.“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac

3.“Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.” —Natalie Babbitt

4.“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” —Confucius

5.“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Clare Boothe Luce

6.“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” —Henry David Thoreau

7.“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” —E.F. Schumacher

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

9.“A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five” —Groucho Marx

10.“One should use common words to say uncommon things” —Arthur Schopenhauer

11.“The greatest ideas are the simplest.” —William Golding

12.“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” —Joanne Harris

Simplicity Quotes

13.“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” — Bruce Lee

14.“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

15.“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” —Steve Maraboli

16.“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy” —Isaac Newton

17.“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.” —Albert Einstein

18.“Every solution to every problem is simple. It's the distance between the two where the mystery lies.” —Derek Landy

19.“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

20.“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” — Lin Yutang

21.“People who pride themselves on their "complexity" and deride others for being "simplistic" should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.” — Thomas Sowell

22.“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” — Isaac Newton

23.“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” —Coco Chanel

24.“It’s as simple as that. Simple and complicated, as most true things are.” —David Levithan

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Simplicity Quotes

25.“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful” — John Maeda

26.“Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.” —Rousseau Jean-Jacques

27.“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

28.“Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.” —Ann Voskamp

29.“If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.” —Ludwig Boltzmann

30.“The simple things come back to us. They rest for a moment by our ribcages then suddenly reach in and twist our hearts a notch backward.” —Colum McCann

31.“hen people complain of your complexity, they fail to remember that they made fun of your simplicity.” —Michael Bassey Johnson

32.“A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.” — Confucius

33.“Everything seems simpler from a distance.” — Gail Tsukiyama

34.“Simplify your life. You don't grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual.” —Steve Maraboli

35.“It's strange how the simple things in life go on while we become difficult.” — Richard Brautigan

36.“I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.” — Albert Einstein

Simplicity Quotes

37.“The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated.” —Criss Jami

38.“Free yourself from the complexities of your life! A life of simplicity and happiness awaits you.” — Steve Maraboli

39.“People who advocate simplicity have money in the bank; the money came first, not the simplicity” — Douglas Coupland

40.“All things remarkable are surprisingly simple; albeit difficult to find.” — Criss Jami

41.“None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.” — Henry David Thoreau

42.“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” —Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

43.“Complex things are easy to do. Simplicity's the real challenge.” —Robert James Waller

44.“Simplicities are enormously complex. Consider the sentence "I love you".” —Richard O. Moore

45.“My mathematics is simple: one plus one = one.” —Dejan Stojanovic

46.“Every day offers us simple gifts when we are willing to search our hearts for the place that's right for each of us. (January 15)Sarah Breathnach” —Sarah Breathnach

47.“It takes a long time to learn how to do something simple.” — Marty Rubin

48.“I want a simple, ordinary life . . . like humans enjoy.” —Deborah Harkness

49.“I have had to learn the simplest things last. Which made for difficulties.” — Charles Olsen

50.“Penny knew also she loved the country for its beauty. Cities could be magnificent, astounding, fantastic, but they were not consistently beautiful and simple. Penny liked uncomplicated beauty.” —Dorothy Deming

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“The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated.” —Criss Jami
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“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” —Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
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“I am not a genius, I am just curious. I ask many questions. and when the answer is simple, then God is answering.” — Albert Einstein

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