39 Quotes That Show The Beauty In Simplicity

It is innovation’s biggest paradox:

We demand more and more from the stuff in our lives–more features, more function, more power–and yet we also increasingly demand that it be easy to use. And, in an Escher-like twist, the technology that’s simplest to use is also, often, the most difficult to create.

Here’s the thing – There is beauty in simplicity.

The first time I heard that phrase, I probably brushed it off as a group of words that someone thought sounded good together. With the passing years, I have come to appreciate how the word simple is a code word for filtering out the noise in my life. 

Take time for simple pleasures — the beauty lies in the details. 

Simple things, like the little things, are sometimes the most important and beautiful things. Don’t miss them.

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

Oh, how true!



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In daily life, we have a habit of overcomplicating even the simplest tasks. Even this morning, I was trying to connect the dots on a new project I’m pitching and even though the concept itself was really simple, the details felt muddy and tangled in my head.

I had to stop and remind myself that what I wanted was totally possible and tripping myself up was just an excuse to procrastinate and not follow through. Do you ever feel that way, too?

There is clarity and confidence in simplicity. Sometimes, the answer you’re looking for isn’t as hard to find as you think. It’s right in front of you — you just have to be willing to listen.

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 39 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25. “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

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

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

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

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

30. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

39. “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.

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32 thoughts on “39 Quotes That Show The Beauty In Simplicity

  1. simple joys 🙂
    i always love your posts.. ( but u already know that ha)
    simplicity is key

    i wish you well on the task you aim to complete!
    love and hugs
    ~M 😉
    (you can delete this part below before comment approval)
    I loved your “analysis paralysis” (haha) post too from a while ago .. you should add a link that post on the word procrastinate. It will be a way readers can read that one too if they need help while trying to complete a project too

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely wishes. ❤
      Ah and yes! Hahah.. I should’ve done that..thanks for the heads-up. I’ll moderate the post soon.

  2. I love the quote by Leonardo da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” In fact, so many of the other quotes point to the same truth. Thanks for sharing these; they were a lot of fun to read, and more importantly, they’re some pretty meaty food for thought.

  3. Well Said Aishwarya.!!Happy to see your progress. Whatever you write is the reality which we experience in day to day life. Keep Motivating.!!

  4. I would wish you to have a study on transcendental properties of being. Ur words show stark similarities with this. Beauty is in the Oneness(simplicity), truth and goodness. Nice work…continue

    1. I’ll look into that, and try to incorporate it too.
      Thankyou for sharing your thoughts.
      Also, thank you for your appreciation! 💜 ✨

  5. I had a wonderful time reading your blog. Though it is long it fixes my eyes on it to read this completely. Though it took some time I felt like worth reading this. I admire at your drawings. This blog especially made me think about something that I lack, Now I feel like I have got something for life being simple, making things simple. I had tried to keep this simple as possible because I had gained a lot reading your works

  6. This was truly a simple read! (Hehe) I have been following this notion for at least two years now and it has work wonders on my life. I enjoyed all of these quotes and plan keeping up this simple life

    Great post!

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