16 Quotes on Being More & Having Less.

Via Lindsey Block
on Aug 29, 2012
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How to live simply.

We can’t be happy if we’re always thinking about the next thing. We can’t get things done when clutter is weighing us down and blocking our way. We need to take a breath, enjoy the moment, simplify and live big.

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

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.” ~ Swedish proverb

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Simplicity is the essence of happiness.” ~ Cedric Bledsoe

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

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” ~ Hans Hofmann

“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.” ~ Richard Halloway

“Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify, simplify! Simplicity of life and elevation of purpose.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” ~ Will Rogers

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About Lindsey Block

Lindsey Block spends her weekdays as part of the Elephant Journal crew and her weekends hiking or picnicking at the park with a book. She's been a vegetarian for most of her adult life and delights in cooking up a new recipe (even though she really just wants to make tacos). She currently lives in Southern California.


8 Responses to “16 Quotes on Being More & Having Less.”

  1. cesar says:

    simply, beautiful.. thank you Lindsey. 🙂

  2. Thomas Shoen says:

    Needed this today….thank you!

  3. BeLiteWeight says:

    We sometimes want life to be so simple. If you do good, good things will happen to you and if you do bad, bad things will happen to you. But more or less these words are not so true in today's world.

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  7. Nina Alvarez says:

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  8. Paul Enghardt says:

    Gave me a big smile on single Saturday, could you decifer Duran Duran's lyric "smell like I sound", lol, have a great day, looking forward to more smiles.