Some great minds have given us some famous simplicity quotes.
Isaac Newton wrote, “Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy,” and Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Even Albert Einstein gets into the act by noting, “Three rules of work: out of clutter find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Please read all these notable quotes on simplicity.
Best Simplicity Quotes
1.) Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau
2.) If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.
3.) It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.
4.) In everything, love simplicity.
Saint Francis De Sales
5.) Let us learn to live simply so that others may simply live.
6.) The core of beauty is simplicity.
7.) Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
8.) The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
9.) Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.
10.) For the more limited, if adequate, is always preferable.
11.) Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.
12.) Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
Frank Lloyd Wright
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Short Simple Quotations
13.) There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness, and truth.
14.) Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.
15.) The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
16.) I take a simple view of living. It is; keep your eyes open and get on with it.
Sir Laurence Olivier
17.) Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.
18.) Don’t make the process harder than it is.
19.) I like simplicity; I don’t need luxury.
Francis Ford Coppola
20.) A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living.
21.) The spirit’s foe in man has not been simplicity but sophistication.
22.) I feel that the simplicity of life is just being yourself.
23.) From native simplicity, we arrive at more profound simplicity.
24.) One should use common words to say uncommon things.
25.) Simplicity is a prerequisite for reliability.
Thought-Provoking Simplicity Quotes
26.) Living simply makes loving simple.
27.) Anything simple always interests me.
28.) I am convinced that there can be a luxury in simplicity.
29.) Simplicity is a choice, a discrimination, a crystallization. Its object is purity.
30.) Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.
31.) Rather let us be more simple and less vain.
32.) I always go for simplicity.
33.) A taste for simplicity cannot last for long.
34.) In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Inspirational Quotes on Being Simple
35.) The greatest ideas are the simplest.
William Golding, Author of Lord of the Flies
36.) I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
37.) 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
38.) A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with but how efficiently we can put first things first… When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can discard whatever does not support these.
39.) Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
40.) My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety.
41.) A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.
42.) I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
43.) It is not a daily increase but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.
44.) The art of art, the glory of expression, and the sunshine of the light of letters is simplicity.
45.) The world calls for and expects from us simplicity of life, the spirit of prayer, charity towards all, especially towards the lowly and the poor, obedience and humility, detachment, and self-sacrifice.
Pope Paul VI
46.) Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Funny Simplicity Quotes
47.) Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction, he will die out for want of simplicity.
48.) I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
49.) The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity, so have some little frocks, but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.
Dorothy L. Sayers
50.) A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
51.) If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
Good Quotes about Simplicity
52.) When I was growing up, Dr. Seuss was really my favorite. There was something about the lyrical nature and the simplicity of his work that really hit me.
53.) 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
54.) For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, clean, and wrong.
Henry Louis Mencken
55.) Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.
56.) Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
57.) Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.
Henry David Thoreau
58.) Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite that you often diminish the one as you increase the other. Variety is most akin to the latter, simplicity to the former.
59.) One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.
60.) I believe that the Apple Shuffle is an excellent compromise among the conflicting requirements of simplicity, elegance, size, battery life, and function.
61.) Pure, holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh.
Francis of Assisi
62.) As beautiful as simplicity is, it can become a tradition that stands in the way of exploration.
Strong Simplicity Quotes
63.) A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied.
Henri Frederic Amiel
64.) Simplicity is the key to brilliance.
65.) Don’t get me wrong, I admire elegance and have an appreciation of the finer things in life. But to me, beauty lies in simplicity.
66.) Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.
67.) Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
68.) 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.
69.) Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies.
70.) Enjoy the simple, the natural, and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work.
71.) Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.
72.) 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
Sayings about Simplicity
73.) The Cube is, at the same time, a symbol of simplicity and complexity.
74.) Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.
Neil Degrasse Tyson
75.) I have a simple philosophy. Fill in what’s empty. Empty what’s full. And scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth
76.) Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
77.) 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.
78.) As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.
79.) I like simplicity. I like using natural sources. (And) I like images to look natural – as though somebody sitting in a room by a lamp is being lit by that lamp.
80.) Everything is complex, and everything is simple… What could be more complicated than a rose for someone who wants to understand it? What could be simpler for someone who wants nothing? The complexity of thinking, the simplicity of beholding.
Simplicity Quotes For Motivation
81.) Simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.
Henry David Thoreau
82.) Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
General Colin Powell
83.) Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.
84.) Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
85.) Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have even lived a more simple and meager life than the poor.
Henry David Thoreau
86.) The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.
87.) 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. Schumacker
88.) In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
89.) My encouragement: delete the energy vampires from your life, clean out all complexity, build a team around you that frees you to fly, remove anything toxic, and cherish simplicity. Because that’s where genius lives.
Robin S. Sharma
Famous Simplicity Quotes
90.) Three rules of work: out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
91.) Simplicity does not precede complexity but follows it.
92.) Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
93.) Truth is ever to be found in simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.
94.) I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
95.) Mental toughness is many things. It is humility because it behooves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness and meekness is the sign of true strength.
96.) If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.
97.) 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.
98.) 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.
99.) I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Notable Simplicity Insights
100.) It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
101.) It is the gift to be simple; it is the gift to be free…
102.) Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
103.) Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, and acquiring less so I can have more.
104.) Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
105.) Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
106.) Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
107.) There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
108.) Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
109.) Nothing is true, but that which is simple.
110.) Organic architecture seeks a superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.
Frank Lloyd Wright
111.) The simplest things are overlooked. And yet, it is the simplest things that are the most essential.
Thomas Lloyd Qualls
112.) Simplicity is not style; it is a state of harmony.
113.) Clutter and confusion are failures of design, not attributes of information.
114.) The main purpose of science is simplicity, and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler.
115.) Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.
116.) Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.
117.) Shoot for simplicity.
118.) Live a life of simplicity.
119.) Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.
120.) The elegance was in its simplicity.
121.) Plain and simple.
122.) A simple life is a peaceful life.
123.) In simple English.
124.) The most complicated skill is to be simple.
125.) Pure and simple.
126.) Dream big, and live simply.
127.) Never underestimate the power of simplicity.
128.) Minimalist mindset.
129.) KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid.
130.) When you need less, you have more.
131.) Living the simple life.
132.) Simple living in complicated times.
133.) Simplicity is the key.
134.) There’s beauty and joy in simplicity.
135.) Life’s simple pleasures are the best!
136.) Pure and simple.
137.) Find more in less.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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