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Simple Life Quotes

These are daily quotes from the Simple Life Quote on the home page.

Simple living quotes can inspire, amuse, startle, and most of all, cause you to pause and think deeply.

May this list of quotes help you on your journey to a simple, joyful, loving, and deeply meaningful life.

With love and peace,

1. "You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."
-Franz Kafka

2. "Authenticity pushes us past our comfort zone - it's meant to."
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

3. "Put one foot in front of the other and just try not to get somewhere."
- Pasha Veres

4. "I dote on myself. There is a lot of me and all so luscious."
- Walt Whitman

5. "A good scare is worth more than good advice."
- Edgar Watson Howe

6. "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. Nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
- Helen Keller

7." Be the change you want to see in the world."
- Gandhi



8. "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
- John Wooden

9. "Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile."
- Bertrand Russell, British Philosopher & Mathematician

10. "Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."
- Winston Churchill

11. "You cannot feel badly enough to change the past."
Brad Yates

12. "You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt

13. "As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
- Goethe

14. "Things are beautiful if you love them."
- Jean Anouilh

15. "To open the possibility for self-honesty, you have to develop insight, which can be achieved through meditation, therapy, other sorts of sensitivity training, and simply spending periods of time alone to find out who you really are, what you really believe, and what you really, really want."
- Stephen Russell
The Barefoot Doctor

16. "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying... 'I will try again tomorrow.'"
- Mary Ann Radmacher

17. "Guilt is a totally useless emotion. It never makes anyone feel better nor does it change a situation."
-Louise Hay

18. "In my experience, anything that catches our interest is part of our life purpose, or we wouldn"t be paying attention to it."
- Carol Adrianne, author of Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life

19. "You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you."
-Isadora Duncan

20. "If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "Thank you," that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

21. "It is inevitable when one has a great need of something, one finds it."
- Gertrude Stein

22. "Fear keeps people small. Run toward your fears . Embrace them. On the other side of your greatest fears lives your greatest life."
-Robin Sharma

23. "Being free from ego is beautiful. In this state, you can see that your ego served no purpose other than to keep you angry, proud, and separate."
-Devrah Laval

24. "The wound is the place where the light enters you."

25. "You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."

26. "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." 
-Mother Teresa 

27. "Simplify the complex as much as possible, and you'll be fine."
-Chris Canton

28. "Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter."
-D.H. Mondfleur 

29. "If we only knew how many times our seemingly clever comment cut straight into the heart of the person with whom we have just spoken, it is we who would bleed."
~Guy Finley

30. "If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear." 
-A.A. Milne 

31. “Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” 

32. “I dwell in possibility.” 
-Emily Dickinson 

33. "A little simplicity would be the first step toward rational living, I think."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

34. “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” 
-Mother Teresa

35. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to start improving the world.” 
-Anne Frank

36.“Graveyards are filled with books that were never written, songs 
that were never sung, words that were never spoken, things that were never done.” 
-Mark Victor Hansen 

37. "In fact, it's even true to say that if you want to have a truly amazing life, relax your entire body."
-Stephen Russell

38. “It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.” 
-Albert Einstein 

39. “The genius does not differ from others in their access to the light within, only in their confident acceptance of its natural outstreaming.” 
-Eric Butterworth 

40. “If your day is full of little mean, dark thoughts, is it any wonder you feel crabby? Maybe it's because you let your mind run wild like a dog putting its nose into garbage everywhere.” 
-Barbara DeAngelis 

41. "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway."
- John Wayne

42. “Flops are part of life's menu and I'm never a girl to miss out on a course!” 
-Rosalind Russell 

43. “When you wonder what is coming, tell yourself the best is coming, the very best life and love have to offer, the best God and His universe have to send. Then open your hands to receive it. It's yours.” 
-Melody Beattie 

44. "The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie."
- Ann Landers

45. “Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.” 
-Elaine St. James 

46. "Peace is your natural state of being when you are not caught in the emotional milieu of everyday conditional feelings."
-Dr. Frank J. Kinslow

47. "The more tranquil we become, the greater is our success, our influence, our power for good."
-James Allen,
author - As A Man Thinketh

48. "The only way to peace is forgiveness."
- Pope John Paul II

49."The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
- e.e. cummings

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

51. "The sound of silence is a beautiful thing."
-Jeffrey A Wands, from his book Knock and the Door Will Open

52. "Try laughing in the face of fear. Am I kidding? No. Ridiculing your fears is actually a very effective technique for banishing them."
--Valerie Young, author How to Safely and Quickly Change Careers

53. "If I'd gotten the job I wanted at Montgomery Ward, I suppose I would never have left Illinois."
-Ronald Reagan

54. "Happiness comes in the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed."
-Storm Jameson

55. "Concentrate on where you want to go, not on what you fear."
--Anthony Robbins

56. "Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self-respect springs."
-Joan Didion

57. "The most exhausting thing in my life is being insincere."
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

58. "All you who seek the way, please, do not waste this moment now."
-Zen Teaching

59. "Mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed."
--Eric Butterworth

60. "When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful."
-Barbara Bloom

61. "I can't do anything about the thoughts that come into my head, but I can do something about the ones that stay there!."
--Penney Pierce , The Intuitive Way

62."Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will."
-Norman Vincent Peale

63. "Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of."
- Benjamin Franklin

64. "It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back."
- Mick Jagger

65. "The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little."
-Thomas Merton

66. "To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world."
- Charles Dudley Warne

67. "If we are in a supermarket when someone drops a bag of groceries on the floor and we don't help that person pick things up, what difference does it make how deeply we know we're a being of God?."
- Lee Lozowick

68. "If what you want to do doesn't make you shake in your boots, your dream is not big enough."
- Brother Ishmael Tetteh

69. "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
- e.e. cummings

70."There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread."
- Mother Teresa

71. "I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!"
~Oriah Mountain Dreamer

72. "You're off to great places, today is the day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"
~Dr. Seuss

73. "It's not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult."

74. "Oh, Great Spirit, Teach me to think quietly, to speak gently and to hear thy voice in the whipsering breeze, the song of birds, and in the murmuring brook."
~Cherokee Indian Prayer

75. "There are years that ask questions and years that answer."
~Zora Heale Hurston

76. "The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
~Henry Miller

77. "It is very hard to be simple enough to be good."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

78. "If you do not change your direction, you are liable to wind up where you are headed."
~Chinese Proverb

79. "There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on."
~Zayn Malik

80. "Don't apologize for asking for what you deserve."
~Mika Brzezinski

81. "The creative process is a process of surrender, not control."
~Julia Cameron

82. "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. Schumacker

83. "Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers."
~Gen. Colin Powell

84. "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
~Howard Thurman

85. "I love the smell of the universe in the morning."
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

86. "If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come."
~Chinese Proverb

87. "To age more slowly, choose not to lose muscle. The loss of lean muscle has been linked to a shortened life span and 'smaller living' while you are still alive."
~James Rouse

88." Isn't it funny how
Day by day
Nothing changes
But when you
Look back
is different?"
~c.s. Lewis

89. "What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better."
~ Doris Lassing

90."Life was meant to be happy."
~ Neal Donald Walsch

91. "The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention."
~ Duguet

92. "The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep."

93. "Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it'll always get you the right ones."
~John Lennon

94. "..Whoever dewlls on beauty tends to become beautiful; there will be a grace and charm to expressing itself through that person which no one can fail to recognize and appreciate."
~Ernest Holmes

95. "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~Anais Nin

96. "To one who waits, all things reveal themselves, as long as you have the courage not to deny in the darkness what you have seen in the light."
~Coventry Patmore

97. "Anything pursued and attained as a supposed compensation for the lack of self-love is ineffective and can get downright ugly."
~Rev. Dr. Jesse Jennings

98. "Do not compare, do not measure. No other way is like yours. All other ways deceive and tempt you. You must fulfill the way that is in you."
~Carl Jung

99. "To make a prairie it takes a clover, and one bee...
one clover, and a bee.
And revery. The revery alone will do,
If bees are few."
~Emily Dickinson

100. "When everything goes against you, and it seems you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the time and place that the tide will turn."
~Harriet Beecher Stowe

101. "Must it be?
It must be!
It must be!"
~Ludwig van Beethovan

102. "If you can't be grateful for what you have received, then be thankful for what you have been spared."
~Yiddish Proverb

103. "What would your life be like if you loved yourself so deeply that the world had no choice but to love you back?"
~Cynthia James

104. "When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person that walked in. That's what the storm is all about."
~Haruki Murakami

105."Dysfunctional systems will fall under their own weight. Let them."

106. "How can you follow the course of your life if you do not let it flow?."

107. "Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy."
~Leo Buscaglia

108."When we blame, we give up power; it is as simple as that. If the other person is to blame, only he or she can heal the situation."
~Dr Jim Lockard

109. "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."

110. "To one who waits, all things reveal themselves, as long as you have the courage not to deny in the darkness what you have seen in the light."
~Coventry Patmore

111. "Renewing and recreating oneself is what life is all about. I'm here to learn and develop and receive and give what I have to offer."
~Shaki Gawain

112. "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt."

113. "Every breath you take is a gift to you from the universe."
~Thich Nhat Hahn

114. "You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another."
~Ernest Hemingway

115. "I have spent my time stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung."

~ Rumi

116. "Learning to ask for guidance through prayer is deceptively simple. When you do it consistently, the results are spectacular."

~ Lynn A Robinson

117. "What you do speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson




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