150 Minimalist Quotes Inspire You to Live Simple

Life is complicated and it is filled with material things, things that are so much, it becomes harder and harder to enjoy the things. However, nothing goes undetected when you live the things that you need and what serves a purpose.

A life is a lifetime of more and both less. It is a lifetime of less consumption, diversion, and not as of these inessential, to make space for more objective mindfulness, and also much more.

We expect these minimalist quotes can allow you to remember that you are much greater — Since you decide to design your own life — a life of purpose, a life of beauty, a life of ease. You are more than a schedule.

I wish that you declutter your home is clean and organized. There are things and you have to declutter.

Best Minimalist quotes

I am a minimalist. I do not really need much to enjoy a good holiday– just my family and the bare essentials.—Jean Reno

I have been accused of being a minimalist writer. I do not like a lot of verbiage in there.Kathy Reichs

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

My shoes aren’t minimalist, but they are about a new simplicity.—Edgardo Osorio

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one is own in the midst of abundance.—Buddha.

My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do. ― Francine Jay, Miss Minimalist:

I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least. ― Bob Newhart

Minimalism is not a lack of something. It is simply the perfect amount of something.—Najahyia Chinchilla

You do not really need much. I try to live my life with that sort of minimalist mentality.—Nathan Phillips

I have been a minimalist my whole life, even if you wouldn’t know it from my office.—Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Each season I strive to design a forward-thinking and effortless collection with a very clean minimalist aesthetic.—Francisco Costa

I did the first ‘Oxygene’ on an 8 tracks tape recorder with very few instruments, with no other choice than being minimalist.— Jean-Michel Jarre

My wife and I battle over home decor. My style goes from Gothic to Baroque. Hers is minimalist.—Joe Bastianich

My personal style is somewhat androgynous and simple. With my lifestyle, I have become more of a minimalist.—Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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

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

You cannot be minimalist as a director until you have acquired the experience and confidence to say no.—Richard Eyre

I am a minimalist kind of person: only one pair of boots, one pair of pants, and if I could, only one shirt.—Jason Ralph

A minimalist does not charge you for what he did. He charges you for what he did not do.—Mokokoma Mokhonoana

It is meant to reaffirm the validity of that music – clean, minimalist, honest, classic music.—Dwight Yoakam

It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding. And you can. But not a good one.—David Foster Wallace

As far as accessories are concerned, I think it is always best to be as minimalist as possible.—Alice Temperley

Short Minimalist quotes

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.—Confucious.

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little. —Epicurus.

Because the best things in life aren’t things. ― Joshua Becker, The Minimalist Home:

Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants.—Epictetus.

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. —Seneca.

My riches consist, not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. —Joseph Brotherton.

Live simply so that others may simply live.—Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Any half-awake materialist well knows – that which you hold holds you.—Tom Robbins.

The simplest things are often the truest.—Richard Bach.

Smile, breathe and go slowly. —Thich Nhat Hanh.

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for it’s counterfeit.—Hosea Ballou.

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.—Lope de Vega.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. —Leonardo da Vinci.

Sell your possessions and give to the poor.—Jesus Christ.

Minimalism is saying all by saying nothing.—Will Advise

Minimalism is the pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance.—Claudio Silvestrin

I want to get lean and mean, keep it minimalist. —John Cale

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. —Leonardo da Vinci

The simplest things are often the truest. —Richard Bach

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous. —Amelia Barr

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

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. —Thomas Kempis

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. —Charles Dudley Warner

In order to seek one is own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life. —Plato

Simplicity is the glory of expression. —Walt Whitman

Minimalism means not trying to improve perfection. —Bryant McGill

Minimalism is the constant art of editing your life. —Danny Dover

Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world. —Oscar Wilde

Uncommon Minimalist quotes

People constantly describe me as a formalist or even a minimalist, but I am not really bothered with the rules of painting or the history of painting. My approach is that everything is mine. I take what I can use from wherever, and then I forget where I have taken it from. But there is no point me making anything that looks like anyone else is.—Gary Hume

The Beatles’ did whatever they wanted. They were a collection of influences adapted to songs they wanted to write. George Harrison was instrumental in bringing in Indian music. Paul McCartney was a huge Little Richard fan. John Lennon was into minimalist aggressive rock.—Chris Cornell

My writing became more and more minimalist. In the end, I couldn’t write at all. For seven or eight years, I hardly wrote. But then I had a revelation. What if I did the opposite? What if, when a sentence or a scene was bad, I expanded it, and poured in more and more? After I started to do that, I became free in my writing.—Karl Ove Knausgard

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.

Minimalism in interior design has become a caricature. Everywhere you find shops or hotels with an ambiance that makes you feel like you are in a refrigerator. —Andree Putman

Minimalism now is a reaction to what came before. It is absolutely of it’s time. Music moved into the set theory thing, and moved out of it. —Harrison Birtwistle

The point is that minimalism is a tool to help you achieve freedom. Freedom from fear, freedom from worry, freedom from overwhelming, freedom from guilt, freedom from depression, freedom from enslavement. Freedom. Real freedom. —Joshua Fields Millburn

I never feel that my music is sparse or minimalist; the way fat people never really think they are fat. I certainly do not consider myself minimalist at all. —Morton Feldman

I have personal issues with clutter. I, personally, am very minimalist and like a clean slate. I like to throw everything away. —Tempestt Bledsoe

I want to change things with everything I do, not for the sake of changing things, but for the sake of taking greater and greater risks, or how minimalist I might be able to be, or how I can involve elements or ingredients in music videos that are not musical, for instance. — Jonathan Glazer

I like people who are minimalist with their words. Jack Nicholson thinks a lot then says something, and it is always spot on. Nelson Mandela is the same.—David A. Stewart

I always liked the visuals to be chosen and at the same time minimalist. And, I love black boxes. After all, that is what theatre is, it is an empty space, and it is both limited and unlimited because space is the space, but what you can do with people is imaginations is really endless.—Harold Prince

Except among those whose education has been in the minimalist style, it is understood that hasty moral judgments about the past are a form of injustice.—Jacques Barzun

I try to write short novels and leave details out not because I want to be minimalist, but because I think that it enables the readers’ creativity and interaction with the book.—Mohsin Hamid

We think we cannot become a minimalist until our lives have settled down. But it is actually the other way around; we won’t be able to settle down until we are living a minimalist life.—Fumio Sasaki

I wasn’t always a minimalist. I used to buy a lot of things, believing that all those possessions would increase my self-worth and lead to a happier life. I loved collecting a lot of useless stuff, and I couldn’t throw anything away.—Fumio Sasaki

I think that ‘minimalist’ is a useful label for other people to identify me, but from my standpoint, I do not necessarily have an identity as that.—Fumio Sasaki

I love playing instruments that I do not know how to play or am not familiar with. I like the idea of danger and innocence that comes from it. As an artist, I feel I should be able to do something with anything I get my hands on. The music becomes minimalist because of my limited knowledge.— Gustavo Santaolalla

We have a responsibility to give people opportunities to do what they can do. It is a fundamental tenet of a democratic society. Libertarians who believe in a completely minimalist state, and do not feel we have that responsibility, are harming humanity.—Mitch Kapor

As for futuristic costumes, I loved doing ‘Gattaca’ because I am a minimalist at heart, and it is a very minimal film. Plus, with Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, and Jude Law, how could you go wrong?—Colleen Atwood

I would love, more than anything, to do an out-and-out farce with huge physical energy. Just because you are from the minimalist school, it doesn’t mean you cannot go big.—Aidan Quinn

One project I am pretty excited about is ‘Autonomy Cube.’ These are basically minimalist sculptures that create a free and open Wi-Fi network wherever you install them, and they are routed over Tor, which basically anonymizes the traffic of everybody using it.—Trevor Paglen

Rome is a city where in every corner you have a reminder of the sacred world. That is why I have sacred music, minimalist sacred music, which is also music I like because at the end of the day, that is what I want to do.—Paolo Sorrentino

I have always been the king of silence. I have always been a minimalist comedian. I have taken my influence from Jack Benny, who was the king of that… I have always done ‘less is more.’—Albert Brooks

I always have separated myself from my critiques of collections. My judgment is not about whether I would wear it – but how the collection stands in the lexicon of an established designer. As I am a maximalist, not a minimalist, I do not wear Armani or Celine – but I so appreciate what they have achieved.— Suzy Menkes

When in doubt, I always, always buy clear vases. You really cannot go wrong with minimalist clear vases, especially when you are sending someone flowers. The flowers are the star of the show and need to shine!—Khloe Kardashian

Kingsley Amis was a lenient father. His paternal style, in the early years, can best be described as amiably minimalist – in other words, my mother did it all.—Martin Amis

The stoic drama ‘A Somewhat Gentle Man’ is photographed in a palate of steel gray tones that match Stellan Skarsgard’s complexion. It is a low-blood-pressure version of the kind of thing James M. Cain used to do in his sleep, and it’s filmmaking accomplishment is as minimalist as it’s narrative ambition is minimal.—Elvis Mitchell

The Indian state has to be minimalist in regulatory interventions in social and economic matters; maximalist in providing the quality of life needs, and optimal in the maintenance of law and order.—Subramanian Swamy

Theater definitely prepared me for Cyborg in the best way possible. All of the green screens definitely takes me to my minimalist theater days.—Ray Fisher

I am a minimalist Jew, but on Friday night, I celebrate Shabbat. At sundown, we light candles, say the blessing, and I do not turn on my computer for 24 hours.—Jill Soloway

But that kind of falls in line; when you think about it, James Brown was a funk minimalist. All of those parts create a sum that is larger than than the individual parts.—Charlie Hunter

Why not take a science fiction comic and put the characters in a small town to gain their particular perspective? A lot of that comes from me growing up in a small town on a farm, so that is what I know and what I am comfortable with. My drawing style is also very sparse and minimalist, so a rural setting complements that.—Jeff Lemire

Perfect Sense’ is a film about love and catastrophe, which I hope is a powerfully romantic and emotional take on the apocalyptic sub-genre. Its aim is to be a minimalist concept movie – where seismic events occur in simple ways that ask the audience to use their imagination.—David MacKenzie

It is easy to be inspired by history when you are living in a part of it and allow that to seep into your writing: having said that, a minimalist room with no distractions is often better; the most exciting visions should already be in your head.—Simon Toyne

I like the sparseness. There is something about that minimalist feel that can make something have an immediate impact and make it unique. I will probably always work with that formula; I just do not know-how. —Britt Daniel

If I had to own a car, I rather have a small one… A small trunk will constantly remind me to pack light and remain minimalist. ― Rodolfo Peon

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

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they do not want, to impress people they do not like. —Will Rogers

It is a preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly. —Bertrand Russell

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

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. —Edwin Way Teale

The intention of voluntary simplicity is not to dogmatically live with less. It is a more demanding intention of living with balance. This is a middle way that moves between the extremes of poverty and indulgence. —Duane Elgin.

We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy.—Richard Foster.

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

Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.—Harold Kushner.

If one is life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.—The Dalai Lama.

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.

It was a minimalist opening offer. It was far from what anyone in our group would expect to be adequate.—Bill Lockyer

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

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.—E.F. Schumacher.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.—Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Dirtbag’ is just the term we use, like a ‘gnarly dude’ in surfing. Within the climbing culture, it means being a committed lifer: someone who has embraced a minimalist ethic in order to rock climb. It basically means you are a homeless person by choice.—Alex Honnold

Whereas a lot of Buddhism concerns itself with stages of enlightenment, various precepts and moral codes, and even power structures and hierarchies, Zen is just like, ‘Shut up, sit down, and observe your thoughts – oh, and by the way, what you perceive as you’ doesn’t actually exist.’ I loved the minimalist approach of it.—Mark Manson

I like to wear jewelry, even though I like my look to be minimalist. When I go out for events, I like to have at least one statement piece. It always adds glamour.—Nargis Fakhri

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves. —Edwin Way Teale.

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. —Lin Yutang.

Make things as simple as possible but no simpler. —Albert Einstein.

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they do not want, to impress people they do not like. —Will Rogers.

Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.—Katharine Fullerton Gerould.

One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in. —Francis Jourdain.

It is a preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.—Bertrand Russell.

We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.—Anna C. Brackett.

Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.—William Morris.

You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.—Charles Spurgeon.

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

Also minimalism is a term that all of us who share so little in common and who are lumped together as minimalists are not terribly happy with.—Ann Beattie

Minimalism is not defined by what is not there but by the rightness of what is and the richness with which this is experienced.—John Pawson

Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.—Henry David Thoreau.

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.—Baha’u willah.

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has. Henry Ward Beecher

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit experience and the last effort of genius.—George Sand.

Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature. —Thomas a Kempis.

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

If one had taken what is necessary to cover one is needs and had left the rest to those who are in need, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, no one would be in need.—Saint Basil.

The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and he who has food is to do likewise. —John the Baptist.

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.—Joshua Becker

It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding. And you can. But not a good one. —David Foster

Minimalism is about creating space to live simply and meaningfully; it is about living intentionally. —Laurie Buchanan

One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.—Francis Jourdain

Minimalism is about creating complete harmony and not about making simple.—Naoto Fukasawa

Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It is your masterpiece after all. —Nathan W. Morris

Except among those whose education has been in the minimalist style, it is understood that hasty moral judgments about the past are a form of injustice.—Jacques Barzun

It is a preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.—Bertrand Russell

I am not the type of woman with her own life to adhere to any sort of decluttering calendar to be sure it is kept on by me. I really like a fantastic list, but I am anti-checklist for the most part (ain’t no record awaiting and inform me exactly what to do!). If it comes to keeping decluttered I find myself getting a skiff of inspiration and suddenly choosing to undergo the craft stinks along with my cosmetics.

There have been plenty of sayings I have come across that have helped me keep a mindset that is minimalist. I thought I must give them a house and have been collecting them.

As characterized by Ryan & Joshua Fields Nicodemus is a tool which may help you. Freedom from stress. Freedom out of overwhelming. Freedom in the trappings of this consumer culture we have built our lives. These minimalist quotes motivate you to be a minimalist so you might become free, may.

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