35 inspiring Quotes about Minimalism and why to prefer the Lifestyle

Minimalism Quote

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

Leo Tolstoy, Russian Writer

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, English Baptiste Preacher

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, American Philosopher

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, French Writer

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

Joseph Brotherton, British Politician

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French Writer

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

Vernon Howard, American Philosopher & Author

If one’s 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, Buddhist Monk & Spiritual Leader of Tibet

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.

Edwin Way Teale, American Naturalist, Photographer & Writer

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

Lope de Vega, Spanish Poet

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian Painter & Scientist

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

Wu-Men, Japanese Zen Master

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

Epictetus, Greek Stoic Philosopher


The more stuff you own, the more your stuff owns you.


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.

Lau-Tzu, Chinese Philosopher, 500 BCE

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

William Morris, British Poet & Engineer

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, American Rabbi

I’ve learned that minimalism is not about what you own, it’s about why you own it.

Brian Gardner, American Engineer

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

Socrates, Greek Philosopher

Enjoy your favorite things every day by only owning your favorite things.


I make myself rich by making my wants few.

Henry David Thoreau, American Writer & Philosopher

What is minimalism then? It’s living lightly and gracefully on the earth – it’s uncovering who you are.

Francine Jay, American Writer

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

Joshua Becker, American Author & Philantrophist

The question of what you want to own is basically the question of how you want to live your life.

Marie Kondo, Japanese Organizing Consultant & Author

Man will never find outside what he doesn’t have inside.

Alexandra Herdt, German Writer

Sorting out the inessential is the core of all wisdom.

Laozi, Chinese Philosopher

Happiness is in us, not in things.

Siddharta Gautama – known as Buddha, Religious Leader & Spiritual Teacher

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

Seneca, Roman Philosopher

I had bought things to tell people a story about who I was, or at least who I wanted them to think I was. By getting rid of those items I was taking back control of who I really was.

Michelle McGagh, British Author

When you lead a minimalistic lifestyle, you are never rich and never poor.

Rajesh’, Indian Author (Random Cosmos)

Minimalism is just the beginning. It’s a tool. Once you’ve gone ahead and minimized, it’s time to find out what those important things are.

Fumo Sasaki, Japanese Author

If we were all minimalists instead of conspicuous consumers, there would be less demand on the world’s resources and we’d have a smaller, less berserk economy. We’d be less likely to harm the only planet we’ll ever have, and the super-rich would have fewer ways to exploit us.

Robert Wringham, British Humorist

People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.

Epictetus, Greek Stoic Philosopher

We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.

Marie Kondo, Japanese Organizing Consultant & Author

When your room is clean and uncluttered you have no choice but to examine your inner state.

Marie Kondo, Japanese Organizing Consultant & Author

The point is that minimalism is a tool to help you achieve freedom. Freedom from fear, freedom from worry, freedom from overwhelm, freedom from guilt, freedom from depression, freedom from enslavement. Freedom. Real freedom.

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, American Authors, Filmmakers & Public Speakers

Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

C. S. Lewis, Irish Writer & Scientist

The things you own end up owning you.

Tyler Durden in ‘Fight Club’

So in fact lowering down your choices means less overwhelm and more creativity.

Courtney Carver, American Author

Keep things because you love them, not just because.

Marie Kondo, Japanese Organizing Consultant & Author
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My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.

Francine Jay, American Author

More was never the answer. The answer, it turned out, was always less.

Cait Flenders, American Author

Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy.

Leo Babuata, American Author

Reduce what you have. Decrease what you want.

Jonathan Star, Transistor of Tao the Ching

Minimalism means not trying to improve perfection.

Bryant McGill, American Author & Activist

Purposefully owning less begins to take us out of the unwinnable game of comparison.

Joshua Becker, American Author, Writer & Philantrophist

This is the beautiful secret of minimalism: It may seem like it’s about stuff, but once you’ve cut through the clutter and adopted a new frame of mind, you learn that it’s barely about ‘the stuff’ at all.

Erica Layne, American Author

In my life, I’ve found that when I align my wants and my needs, less becomes more.

Laura Buchanan, American Author & Life Coach

It is not daily increase but daily decrease; hack away the unessential.

Bruce Lee, Chinese American Martial Artist & Philosopher

It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.

Nathan W. Morris, American Author & Finance Coach

Declutter your mind, your heart, your home. Let go of the heaviness that is weighing you down. Make your life simple but significant.

Maria Defillo, American Author

Minimalism is a repeated daily choice to be intentional about what you allow in your life-and this is so much more important than a one-off decluttering binge.


How much does he lack himself, he who must have many things?

Sen No Rikyū, Japanese Historical Figure

There’s a fine line between minimalism and not trying very hard.

Tom Pappalardo, American Graphic Designer & Author

Don’t buy things you don’t need.


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