Thought-Provoking Quotes on Minimalism That Will Inspire You to Live a Simpler Life

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6 March 2017
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Expect minimalism to be huge part of the 2017 zeitgeist. With last year’s disappointing turnout at Black Friday sales, Marie Kondo’s best-selling book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying, and the four-million-strong readership of the aptly named duo, The Minimalists, there is a tangible ennui for consumerism. But life without greed or feverish capitalism has long been considered the key to a fulfilling life – from designers to scientists to ancient philosophers, Culture Trip brings you the best quotes on this age-old philosophy that is having a modern moment.

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‘Having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.’ — Tenzin Palmo

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‘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

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Collect moments, not things. — Paulo Coelho

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‘Less is more.’ — Robert Browning

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‘Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.’ — Albert Einstein

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‘Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.’ — Will Rogers

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‘Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’ — William Morris

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‘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

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‘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

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‘Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.’ — Epicurus

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‘It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.’ — Henry Ward Beecher

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