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Living Simply – some inspirational quotes

May 21, 2009

Property is not essential. But happiness, a love of beauty, friendship between all peoples and individuals, is life itself. – Laurie Stockwell


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


There is great happiness in not wanting, in not being something, in not going somewhere. – J Krishnamurti


I think that a person who is attached to riches, who lives with the worry of riches, is actually very poor. If this person puts his money at the service of others, then he is rich, very rich. – Mother Teresa


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


To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches. – Marcus Tullius Cicero


Let your boat of life be light, packed only with what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and love you, a cat, a dog, enough to eat and enough to wear…   –  Jerome K Jerome


Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.   – Confucius


I believe we would be happier to have a personal revolution in our individual lives and go back to simpler living and more direct thinking. It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest and living close to nature. – Laura Ingalls Wilder


It becomes necessary to learn how to clear the mind of all clouds, to free it of all useless ballast and debris by dismissing the burden of too much concern with material things. – Indra Devi


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


Money is not something to go mad about, and throw your hat in the air for. Money is for food and clothes and comfort, and a visit to the pictures. Money is to make happy the lives of children. Money is for security, and for dreams, and for hopes, and for purposes. Money is for buying the fruits of the earth, of the land where you were born. – Alan Paton


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


Countries like ours are full of people who have all the material comforts they desire, yet lead lives of quiet (and at times noisy) desperation, understanding nothing but the fact that there is a hole inside them and that however much food and drink they pour into it, however many motorcars and television sets they stuff it with, however many well-balanced children and loyal friends the parade around the edges of it… it aches! – Bernard Levin


I have learned to have very modest goals for society and myself; things like clean air, green grass, children with bright eyes, not being pushed around, useful work that suits one’s abilities, plain tasty food, and occasional satisfying nookie. – Paul Goodman

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One comment

  1. I like it! Thank you!



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