simplicity

A Quote by Peter Cajander on life, thoughts, thinking, simplicity, and beauty

Life is simple - thinking is complicated.

Peter Cajander

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Leo Buscglia on love, faith, simplicity, guidance, religion, and spirituality

A short time ago, one of my neighbors told me of a little church near my home where beautiful, spiritual things occurred, and he wanted me to go and experience it. So I said I'd love to, and we went there...There was a lot of singing and a lot of moving around and dancing -- a real celebration. But the high point came when the minister stood up and said, "Friends, Brother Jonathan is going to give the sermon today, and his subject is going to be faith." Little Brother Jonathan stood up. He was about five-foot-four. He stood before everybody for a minute, folded his hands and said, "Faith, faith, faith, faith, faith, faith." Then he sat down! The minister stood up with a big smile on his face and said, "Thank you, Brother Jonathan, for that beautiful lecture on faith." I thought, someday I'm going to wise up and when I go to talk to people as I am tonight, about love, I'm going to fold my hands and I'm going to say, "Love, love, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, love, love," and then I'm gonna go home! It'll be the most beautiful evening we've had. But I'm not that secure yet, so I'm going to spend an hour telling you what this man said in a minute.

Leo Buscaglia

Source: Living, Loving and Learning, Ballantine Books, 1985, p. 205-206

Contributed by: CajunGypsy

A Quote by J.R.R. Tolkien on simplicity

It's no bad thing to celebrate a simple Life.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: Lord of the Rings Bilbo Baggins

Contributed by: earthwomyn

A Quote by Alfred Emanuel Sørensen on self, non-dualism, simplicity, and acceptance

In this life play I have not been in quest of Guru,
God, Truth, Grace, Salvation, nirvana, or power lust.
 
I had no ambition to be different from what I am.
 
Blessedly, I had escaped headucation, and was
free of any imposed knowledge. I had no property.

I did not marry. I did not belong to any cliques
or creed. I was not attracted to their magnetism.

I felt all is within our Self.

I had nothing to assert or resent.
Nor had I anything to boast about or regret.

I was fully contented.
I had joy in that which is.

Alfred Sørensen

Source: http://www.meditation.dk/sunyata.htm

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, simplicity, patience, compassion, action, and thoughts

Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Swami Sai Premananda on love, changing the world, simplicity, and duty

It’s very simple; it’s not complicated. If you want to go home and complicate it with the mind and say, “Oh I can’t do this,” then you’ll never do it. But if you simply accept the truth and do, then it will come very quickly. Don’t let the mind complicate your life; always be simple. Start off by doing simple acts of love. To people and friends whom you haven’t said, “I love you,” to in a long time, send an email out tomorrow: “How are you? I’m just sending a loving thought to you.” You’ll see what happens. When you leave a shop, turn around and tell the person, “Have a nice day.” Then you’ll see how you change that person’s point of view and how happy they feel. Wear a smile on your face when you walk the street and see how many people will smile back at you. Have a wilful feeling that everybody should feel love today in a small way. It starts by you doing something in a small way to make someone very happy. If you know something is going to make someone happy, then go out of your way and make them happy. That is our duty as human beings. Can you imagine if everyone lived with this principle? Everyone you talk to would be trying to make you happy. How beautiful is this?

Swami Sai Premananda

Source: Principles of Higher Living: The Western Experience Upon the Shores of Eastern Wisdom

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reality, simplicity, and perspective

Of course, any simplification runs the risk of mutilating reality; but it helps us establish perspectives.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 19

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by H. L. Mencken on human, problem, solution, simplicity, complexity, and fundamentalism

For every human problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and
wrong.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Contributed by: communeist

A Quote by Albert Einstein on simplicity and balance

Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Contributed by: T. Scott

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