20+ Inspirational Quotes About Living Simply

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The proverb warns that, ‘You should not bite the hand that feeds you.’ But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.”

– Stephen Szasz


“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

– Carlos Castaneda

“For it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.”

– Marcus Aurelius

“I’d rather die my way than live yours.”

– Lauren Oliver, Delirium

“It is easier to live through someone else than to complete yourself. The freedom to lead and plan your own life is frightening if you have never faced it before. It is frightening when a woman finally realizes that there is no answer to the question ‘who am I’ except the voice inside herself.”

– Betty Friedan


“Home is where the heart is”

– Pliny the Elder

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

-William Morris

“You know you have reached perfection of design not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


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



“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

“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.”

-Jackie French Koller

“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

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

– Hans Hofman

“Own less stuff. Enjoy more freedom. It really is that simple.”

– Joshua Becker

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”

– Elise Boulding

“If you want to be given everything, give everything up.”

– Lao Tzu

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