50 Great Quotes on Simplicity

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“One should use common words to say uncommon things.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
― Clare Boothe Luce

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

“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”
― John Maeda

“Simplicity is the building block to achieve high quality.”
― Pearl Zhu

“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

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

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” — Newton

“It’s not a good deal if you don’t need it.” — Anonymous

“Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn’t.” — Brian Gardner

“Simplicity compounds. Complexity zeros out.” — Shane Parrish

“Simplicity before understanding is simplistic; simplicity after understanding is simple.” — Edward de Bono

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

“A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.” — Winston Churchill

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
― Einstein

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack Kerouac

“There are simple things. There are simpler things. There are more simpler things.”
― Yuri Polchenko

“Progress is discovering what you can do without.”
― Marty Rubin

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
― William Golding

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

“Every solution to every problem is simple. It’s the distance between the two where the mystery lies.”
― Derek Landy

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.”
― Ann Voskamp

“There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” — Warren Buffett

“The Golden Rule is the ultimate model of simplicity: a one-sentence statement so profound that an individual could spend a lifetime learning to follow it.” — Chip Heath

“How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.” — William Wordsworth

“Never use a long word when a short one will do.” — Louisa May Alcott

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” — Socrates

“I will not say yes when my heart says no.” — Courtney Carver

“Let’s stop telling each other how busy we are.” — Anonymous

“Simplicity is a state of mind.” — Charles Wagner

“Do not talk a little on many subjects, but much on a few.” — Pythagoras

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” — Leo Tolstoy

“Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.” — Martin H. Fischer

“Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.” — William Hazlitt

“The expression of truth is simplicity.” — Seneca

“Simplicity is the key.” — Ritchie Blackmore

“In simplicity there is truth.” — River Phoenix

“Simplicity avoids the superficial, penetrates the complex, goes to the heart of the problem and pinpoints the key factors.” — Wilfred Peterson

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

“Don’t make the process harder than it is.” — Jack Welch

“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.” — Frederic Chopin

“Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.” — Noam Chomsky

“A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.” — Richard Branson

“The core of beauty is simplicity.” — Paulo Coelho

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” — Coco Chanel

“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.” — Bruce Lee

“Simplicity is the glory of expression.” — Walt Whitman

“Only great minds can afford a simple style.” — Stendhal


Upen Singh writes about people and progress. He is interested in making lives better.

Having traveled over 25 countries he is always seeking new adventures to learn from and share. He has an M.A. in Developmental Economics from West Virginia University.

He lives in Thailand, Nepal and the United States, constantly traveling. He is currently involved in a development project in far-west Nepal.



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