A Quote by Catherine Whitmire on superfluities, simplicity, clear-seeing, friends, quakers, and society of friends

It may surprise some of us to hear that the first generation of Friends did not have a testimony for simplicity. They came upon a faith which cut to the root of the way they saw life, radically reorienting it. They saw that all they did must flow directly from what they experienced as true, and that if it did not, both the knowing and the doing became false. In order to keep the knowledge clear and the doing true, they stripped away anything which seemed to get in the way. They called those things superfluities, and it is this radical process of stripping for clear-seeing which we now term simplicity. - Frances Irene Tober, 1985

Catherine Whitmire

Source: Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity, Pages: 21

Contributed by: Richard

A Quote by Lao Tzu on the way, knowledge, nothing, done, undone, add, drop, pursuit, practice, way, lao-tzu, wisdom, joy, simplicity, non-action, harmony, and peace

In the pursuit of Knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Way,
every day something is dropped.

Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.

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

Source: Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live, Pages: 9

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald on confusion, simplicity, and simple mind

There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind, and as we drove away Tom was feeling the hot whips of panic.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

Source: The Great Gatsby, Pages: 97

Contributed by: giygas

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on coelho, alchemist, simplicity, wise men, and extraordinary

It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream, Pages: 15

Contributed by: David

A Quote by unknown on simplicity

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.


Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by unknown on joy, pleasure, quality, simplicity, and wishes

The word 'sanuk' in Thai describes a quality that all wish to find in themselves and search for in others. It is a simple yet complex word that can mean joy or pleasure, and an all-pervasive sense of well-being.


Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on age, life, and simplicity

The wise man then followed a simple way of life-which is hardly surprising when you consider how even in this modern age he seeks to be as little encumbered as he possibly can.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

Source: Letters from a Stoic

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on goodness and simplicity

Straightforwardness and simplicity are in keeping with goodness.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

Source: Letters from a Stoic

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Leonardo da Vinci on simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Jacob Bronowski on god, questions, simplicity, thinking, and work

Einstein was a man who could ask immensely simple questions. And what his work showed was that when the answers are simple, too, then you can hear God thinking.

Jacob Bronowski

Contributed by: Zaady

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