24 Powerful Minimalist Quotes to Inspire Your Minimalism Journey

Minimalist Quotes

When we are looking for minimalist inspiration, or when we need someone to help us find a simple way of life, the most approachable way is to meditate on the words and minimalist quotes of great minds.

Minimalism is about re-evaluating your priorities in life. And repositioning yourself as an individual responsible for your voluntary simplicity choice.

Adopting a lifestyle of minimalism is also about eliminating unnecessary things from your life, as well as reducing the complexity of life. And getting rid of futile possessions and activities.

It’s not easy to come up with a simple definition of minimalism. Although the simplest definition would be that being minimalist is about fixing a biased perception of preoccupation with possessions and things. Once you get rid of the clutter and adopt a new, simple state of mind, you learn that these things are not that important.

Here are 24 quotes on minimalism to illuminate your journey to simplicity. You will surely find inspiration in these living simple quotes. From Socrates to Henry David Thoreau to Thich Nhat Hanh, these minimalist quotes and sayings will show you the beginning of the answers to your quest for minimalism.

Powerful Minimalism Quotes that Will Inspire Your Freedom and Simplicity Journey

“Less is more.” ― Mies Van Der Rohe

“Less is more.” ― Mies Van Der Rohe

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

"The simplest things are often the truest." - Richard Bach

“The simplest things are often the truest.” – Richard Bach

"It is always the simple that produces the marvelous." - Amelia Barr

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” – Amelia Barr

Minimalist Quotes - "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

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

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

– Socrates

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

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

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

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

“Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world.” - Oscar Wilde

“Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world.” – Oscar Wilde

“In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.” - Plato

“In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.” – Plato

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

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

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

“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

“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

“The great artist is the simplifier.” -Vincent Van Gogh

“The great artist is the simplifier.” -Vincent Van Gogh

“White can be attained by blending all the colors of the spectrum together, or through the subtraction of ink and all other pigments. In short, it is "all colors" and "no color" at the same time.” ― Kenya Hara

“White can be attained by blending all the colors of the spectrum together, or through the subtraction of ink and all other pigments. In short, it is “all colors” and “no color” at the same time.” ― Kenya Hara

“I’m a big believer in minimalism. Not materialist minimalism, although that’s part of it, but time and energy minimalism. The body is given only so much energy a day.” -James Altucher

“I’m a big believer in minimalism. Not materialist minimalism, although that’s part of it, but time and energy minimalism. The body is given only so much energy a day.” -James Altucher

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

“I make myself rich by making my wants few.” - Henry David Thoreau

“I make myself rich by making my wants few.” – Henry David Thoreau

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

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

“But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.” - Marie Kondo

“But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.” – Marie Kondo

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.” —Hosea Ballou

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Conclusion

I hope you found this article helpful! These quotes – or at least one minimalism quote – should offer you some insights, and a starting point to help you in your minimalism journey. So make sure to bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you need to!

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