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41 Essential Quotes That Shows The Beauty Of Simplicity

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41 Essential Quotes That Shows The Beauty Of Simplicity

Success is dependent upon simplicity, the simpler we can make things the more successful we will be.  It’s as simple as that! Simplicity aids understanding, it allows us to focus better, it increases belief and builds confidence.

The value of simplicity has been known for centuries, its importance has been understood by the best and the brightest throughout history. Yet we somehow still have a natural tendency to over complicate things.

That’s why we love inspirational quotes. They are simple and straight to the point and can help you to shift your perspective in life.

Here are 41 quotes on simplicity to remind you of the importance and beauty of being simple:

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

2. “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”  – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

4. “The most complicated skill is to be simple.” – Dejan Stojanovic

5. “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs

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

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

8. “Simplicity is a prerequisite for reliability.”  – Edsger Dijkstra

9. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”  – Lao Tzu

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

11. “Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.” – Sir Joshua Reynolds

12. “Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.” – Thomas Mann

13. “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

14. “The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.”  – Douglas Horton

15. “Simplicity is the outcome of technical subtlety. It is the goal, not the starting point.” – Maurice Saatchi

16. “Simplicity is a state of mind.” – Charles Wagner

17. “Understanding reduces the greatest to simplicity, and lack of it causes the least to take on the magnitude.” – Raymond Holliwell

 

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

20. “The greatest ideas are the simplest.” – William Golding

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

22. “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.” – Tom Peters

23. “Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance is lost on most.” – Clement Mok

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

25. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler “ – Albert Einstein

26. “People often associate complexity with deeper meaning, when often after precious time has been lost, it is realized that simplicity is the key to everything.” – Gary Hopkins

27. Growth creates complexity, which requires simplicity.” – Andy Stanley

 

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29. “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

30. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee

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

32. “Things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.” – Muhammad Yunus

33. “The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated.” – Criss Jami

34. “Complexity is impressive, but simplicity is genius.” – Lance Wallnau

35. “Complexity is enemy of execution”. – Anthony Robbins

36. “Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Come can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.” – Alan Perlis

37. “Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd.” – Kevin Barnett

38. “Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.” – Winston Churchill

39. “The evolution of knowledge is toward simplicity, not complexity.” – L. Ron Hubbard

40. “The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.” – Mildred Norman

41. “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

To achieve simplicity we need to have a simplicity first attitude. Simplicity is not easy, but it is achievable, and it makes everything easier.

Which one of these simplicity quotes is your favorite? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Gordon Tredgold is a former corporate warrior who now writes, speaks, and coaches on leadership, achieving results and driving success. Gordon preaches simplicity in everything and has developed the ‘FAST Approach to Achieving Success’ and his mission is to help people exceed their potential and achieve amazing results. If people want to join him you can go to www.gordontredgold.com or follow him on twitter @gordontredgold.

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  1. Ghassan Katbeh

    Sep 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    The more the simplicity of man increases … the more his humanity increases … The more his humanity increases … the more he becomes satisfied with himself … and the more people love him.

  2. Turenne

    May 16, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    The beauty of simplicity is so undermined. Thanks Gordon for bringing up how important simplicity is.
    You sum it up so well here: “Simplicity aids understanding, it allows us to focus better, it increases belief and builds confidence.”

    My favorite simplicity quotes in the list are those:
    6. “Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.” – Isaac Newton
    23. “Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance is lost on most.” – Clement Mok
    25. “Everything should be made as simpl as possible, but not simpler “ – Albert Einstein

  3. Tim Denning

    Dec 29, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Gordon thanks for taking the time to put these quotes together for all of us. Number 19 is my favorite as I find that too often these days, people want to complicate things that they don’t understand themselves. The reasons around this are quite broad bur none the less, simplicity is key.

  4. addicted 2 The Grind

    Dec 28, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Great quotes. Thanks for sharing.

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Michelle Obama, wife of former United States President, Barack Obama, an American lawyer and writer, a former First Lady of the United States of America, a mom, an author and a style icon. In the eight amazing years that she served as the First Lady of the United States of America, she managed to become an inspiration for women all across the globe.

She has always spoken and worked towards equal rights for women, education for girls and healthy living. She is the proper definition of the modern-day revolutionary woman. Over the last couple of years, she has been encouraging people everywhere with her incredible words of wisdom and motivation. Every single person – young or old, is sure to take inspiration and motivation from her words.

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1. “When they go low, we go high.”

2. “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

3. “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

4. “The only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”

5. “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”

6. “As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As women, we must stand up for justice for all.”

7. “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are BEAUTIFUL.”

8. “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.”

9. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half of its citizens.”

10. “You don’t have to say anything to the haters. You don’t have to acknowledge them at all. You just wake up every morning and be the best you can be. And that tends to shut them up.”

11. “Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.”

12.Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”

13. “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.”

14. “Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”

15. “Choose people who lift you up.”

16. “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.”

17. “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”

18. “Just do what works for you because there will always be someone who thinks differently.”

19. “Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.”

20. “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar.”

21. “Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. Trust your instincts, good relationships feel good, they feel right, they don’t hurt.”

22. “The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.”

23. “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.”

24. “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.”

25. “Changing the big picture takes time… and the best thing to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives. If we’re doing all that – that becomes the collage of real change.”

26. “People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

27. “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

28. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”

29. “I am an example of what is possible when girls from the beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.”

30. “If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.”

What is your favorite quote from Michelle Obama? Comment Below!

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