Quotes to Help You Celebrate a Simplified Life

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Are you enjoying a simplified life or are you overwhelmed with noise, activity, and stuff? Need Inspiration? Here's help...

Are you enjoying a simplified life or are you overwhelmed with noise, activity, and stuff? Yesterday, I shared a dozen ways you can simplify your schedule; tomorrow I’ll give you steps to simplify and organize your finances and stuff.

For today, let’s take a look at what others have to say about the blessing of simplification.

Quotes and Verses to Celebrate a Simplified Life

“The life of Christ was a life of humble simplicity, yet how infinitely exalted was His mission. Christ is our example in all things.” ~ Ellen G. White

Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NLT)

“…there are often many things we feel we should do that, in fact, we don’t really have to do. Getting to the point where we can tell the difference is a major milestone in the simplification process.” ~ Elaine St. James

A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. Proverbs 13:7 (MSG)

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” ~ Hans Hofmann

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” ~ Elise Boulding

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22–23

 “Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world.” ~ Duane Elgin

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“…to find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter…to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest, or a wild flower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~ John Burroughs

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 1 Timothy 6:6–8

“If you are too busy to pray, you are busier than God wants you to be.” ~ Wanda E. Brunstetter

Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:4

“One day you will wonder what was so important that you put off doing the most important things. ‘Someday’ can be a thief in the night.”  ~ Deborah Brown

You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 1 Peter 3:4

“The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His.” ~ Francis Chan

I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11–13

“How much of what you accomplish today will bring you, or anyone else, closer to Christ?” ~ William Branks

Which quote is your favorite?

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12 Comments

  1. Deb,
    I loved this collection. I am a quote lover! I especially love the Hoffman and am going to pop it in my planner – also the Chen one. This speaks to me now…I need to simplify and am overwhelmed. Thank you for bite sized morsels to ponder and pray today!

    1. Hi Dawn, I love quotes too! I’m loving your planner posts. I’m looking into switching to an ARC planner for next year. Being able to quickly add inspiration sounds so good! Blessings to you my friend!

  2. Excellent quotes, each one. Probably my favorite would be: “How much of what you accomplish today will bring you, or anyone else, closer to Christ?” ~ William Branks
    Thank you!

    1. Ooh, I like that one too Kathleen. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to say “hi.”

  3. Ooh man I love quotes. This is a great collection. I think my favourite was the one from Hans Hofmann. Really brings home the value of simplicity. Thanks for sharing these, Deb!

    1. Thank you Micah. That Hans Hofmann quote reminds me that clutter is so much more than too much stuff. Emotional and spiritual clutter make it almost impossible to think clearly and focus on what’s important. I’m heading right over to read your interview with Pastor Caleb. Blessings to you!

  4. What thought provoking quotes… I enjoy quotes… they put a though into such a succinct set of words. Thank you for posting this. 🙂

    1. I agree Joy! I’m working on being a little less wordy. Reading great quotes really inspires me.

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