*Rational Simplicity

July 14, 2007

Some quotes on simplicity…

Less Stuff, More Time.

We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants.

Not wanting something is as good as possessing it. (Donald Horban)

The more you have, the more you have to worry about.

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. (Thoreau).

Manifest plainness,

Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires. (Lao-tzu)

Do you own the things you own or do the things you own own you?

Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty,

to choose it, rather than submit to the desolation of an empty abundance. (Michael Harrington)

Neither a borrower nor a lender be;

For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. (William Shakespeare)

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify

your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. (Thoreau)

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. (Vernon Howard)


A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone. (Thoreau.)

Wherever you go, there you are.

Live simply that others might simply live. (Elizabeth Seaton)

What would Jesus drive?

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?

Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store (Merle Travis)

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. (Leonardo DaVinci)

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. (Thoreau)

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation, I’ll be darned if I will.

You only go around once in life, but if you do it right, once is enough.


2 Responses to “*Rational Simplicity”

  1. Buddy Says:

    Cool! Thanks for the quotes.

  2. Trish Scott Says:

    Hey Buddy, Thanks for visiting!

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