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Simple Quotes To Help You Live a Simply Beautiful Life

These simple quotes and sayings will inspire you to live life a little simpler and to find what makes you happy and fulfilled.

How simple can life be? Is it naive to think that we can exist with minimal “stuff” in today’s materialistic world? I joke all the time about how I want to just live in a hut on the ocean, and that all I need is a place nearby with access to Wi-Fi so I can work. My husband is quick with his retorts, such as, “What about your memory foam bed?” or “You will miss your TV and running water.”

I think that he is right and I would miss some of life’s comforts, but yet I feel so inspired when I read these simple quotes. There must be a better way or happy medium in between my hut and this life we live.

Nature reminds us of the simplicity of life. There are also many benefits to living a simple existence. How do you do it? Keep reading these simple quotes and sayings to find out!

50 Simple Quotes To Help You Live a Simply Beautiful Life

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Simple quotes about nature and living simply

1. “To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ― John Burroughs

2. “Well, all I need is the air I breathe and a place to rest my head.” ― OneRepublic

3. “Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy.” ― Isaac Newton

4. “Looking out at the lake, drinking good tea. That’s his only luxury. And what an enormous luxury that was.” ― Banana Yoshimoto
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5. “What a life would be if I could live in the mountains covered with dense greenery, sit by the window and read my favorite book” ― Arushi Singh

6. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ― Lao Tzu

7. “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

Simple quotes on the benefits of simplicity in life

8. “It is desirable that a man live in all respects so simply and preparedly that if an enemy take the town… he can walk out the gate empty-handed and without anxiety.” ― Henry David Thoreau

9. “Escape from complicated life! Take refuge in simple life! You will find three treasures there: Healthy body, a peaceful mind and a life away from ambitious fools!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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10. “The simple pleasures of life give us lasting satisfaction.” ― Avijeet Das

11. “My choice of a lighter lifestyle has brought me a greater sense of well-being. In a world that often seems stressful and chaotic, that’s a feeling I cherish.” ― Lisa J. Shultz

12. “When simple is more than enough, you will feel happy more than enough!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

13. “Living life with contentment is the greatest well-being.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

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Simple quotes on how to live simply

14. “Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don’t expect too much, enjoy what you have.” ― Dean Koontz

15. “Life is as simple as these three questions: What do I want? Why do I want it? And, how will I achieve it?” ― Shannon L. Alder

16. “No one else knows exactly what the future holds for you, no one else knows what obstacles you’ve overcome to be where you are, so don’t expect others to feel as passionate about your dreams as you do.” ― Germany Kent

17. “A minimalist by intent, I live a beautiful life with fewer things—simple, yet full.” ― Laurie Buchanan, PhD

18. “Your life will be simplified when you choose inaction when no action is required and choose action when action is required!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

19. “Simplicity is complex. It’s never simple to keep things simple. Simple solutions require the most advanced thinking.” ― Richie Norton

20. “Don’t make your life complicated, live simply.” ― MJ Jabican

21. “If we could eliminate the concept of town and return to live in small villages, all world problems were solved.” ― Rossana Condoleo

22. “The simplest things are overlooked. And yet, it is the simplest things that are the most essential.” ― Thomas Lloyd Qualls

23. “She was wild and free with a dab of logic in between, chasing her dreams and following her heartbeat.” ― Nikki Rowe

24. “If you have a complex life, make it simple; if you have a simple life, continue it that way!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

25. “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.” ―Lao Tzu

Funny simple quotes about life

26. “I’m a simple man without a lot of complicated twists and turns. Look down my throat and you can see out my ass.” ― Liu Cixin

27. “Life’s so much simpler when you’re dead!” ― Stewart Stafford

28. “I just want to live simply and pay attention to what’s happening each day.” ― Kent Haruf

29. “Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable than risk being happy.” — Dr. Robert Anthony

30. “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” — Winnie the Pooh

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31. “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” — Albert Schweitzer

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Wise, one-line simple quotes

32. “A simple life gives birth to more clarity, inner peace, and meaningful relationships.” ― Margo Vader

33. “The simple life is an authentic life.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster

34. “An authentic life facing reality without mental equivocation is the simplest type of life.” ― Kilroy J. Oldster

35. “To realize the soothing power of simple life is to find the secret of happiness!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

36. “Life is lived in the moments of simplicity!” ― Avijeet Das

37. “I just want to live simply and pay attention to what’s happening each day.” ― Kent Haruf

38. “Live a simple life; you will own the most beautiful treasures of the world!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

39. “In an age of complexity, it is not easy to live a simple life or to practice simplicity.” ― Debasish Mridha

40. “I may not have riches but I have a great life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

41. “The less I needed, the better I felt.” ―Charles Bukowski 

More simple quotes to inspire you

42. “Less stuff equals more freedom.” ―Maxime Lagacé 

43. “The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.” Seneca

44. “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” ―Henry David Thoreau

45. “My greatest skill has been to want little.” ―Henry David Thoreau

46. “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” ―Albert Einstein

47. “The more simple we are, the more complete we become.” ― August Rodin

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

49. “The words of truth are simple.” Aeschylus

50. “The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.” ― Doris Janzen Longacre

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51. “I just find myself happy with the simple things. Appreciating the blessings God gave me.” – DMX

52. “The mind must be enlarged to see the simple things — or even to see the self-evident things.” – G.K. Chesterton

53. “It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

54. “Every day, I like to wake up and remind myself to be grateful of the simple things.” – Miranda Kerr

55. “The most simple things can bring the most happiness.” – Izabella Scorupco

56. “I’m just a regular person who believes life is simple, and I like a simple life.” – Manny Pacquiao

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57. “I’m just delighted to be living, to be able to have a simple conversation, to feel a ray of sunlight on my skin and listen to the breeze move through the leaves of a tree.” – Ryuichi Sakamoto

58. “Ultimately it’s the simple things that make a difference.” – Chris Smalling

59. “Life is simple and short but love is infinite and eternal. So give it away, as much as you can, without judging anyone.” – Debasish Mridha

60. “Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning.” – Charles de Lint

Other simple quotes and sayings

61. “For a few minutes I tried to empty my mind entirely, to concentrate solely on breathing: sometimes it’s useful to rediscover simpler pleasures of life.” – Romain Gary

62. “When you simplify your life, you will be able to see the life much better because with a simple life you get rid of the obstacles that prevents your horizons!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

63. “This was the pattern of my days, a simple life led by natural rhythms rather than the requirements and expectations of others.” – Neil Ansell

64. “Solace is in simplicity.” – Abhijit Naskar

65. “It is so simple to be difficult. But so difficult to be simple.” – Live Life Essence

66. “Be careful about trading your simple way of life with popularity, popularity will not fulfill you in the end.” – Bert McCoy

67. “Simple things are the most difficult ones; they enquire much more than one thought of ordinariness.” – Laura Chouette

68. “I don’t know much fancy words. I think simple, I speak simple, I live simple.” – Abhijit Naskar

69. “Seek only light and freedom and do not immerse yourself too deeply in the worldly mire.” – Vincent van Gogh

70. “If I have done anything, even a little, to help small children enjoy honest, simple pleasures, I have done a bit of good.” – Beatrix Potter

What did you learn from these simple quotes?

At the end of the day, whether you choose to live life a little simpler, or enjoy all the frills the world offers, the choice is yours. We all only have this life to live, and the key is to find what makes you happy and fulfilled. When you find it, cherish it and don’t complicate your life unnecessarily! Don’t let others complicate it for you either.

Be kind, appreciate the things we have, follow nature’s lead and don’t sweat the small stuff. As Elizabeth Ann Seton said, “Live simply that others might simply live.”

What’s your biggest takeaway from these simple quotes and sayings? If you have any quotes you would like to add, please leave them in the comment section below!     

Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor
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