Keep It Simple Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old keep it simple quotes, keep it simple sayings, and keep it simple proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Simplicity is complex. It's never simple to keep things simple. Simple solutions require the most advanced thinking.     

Richie Norton

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.     

Charles Dudley Warner

Just keep it simple. When you over-think what you're wearing, that's when wardrobe malfunctions tend to happen.     

Guy Berryman

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.     

Albert Einstein

Simplicity is the glory of expression.     

Walt Whitman

Live simply, so that others may simply live.     

Mother Teresa

Keep it simple and keep it real. The more basic we see our connection to God and Spirit, the easier it is to feel like you're a part of it     

Jim Fargiano

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.     

John Maeda

Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect too much, enjoy what you have.     

Dean Koontz

To keep it simple, why did God choose me? Because He felt like it!     

Shai Linne

The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.     

Keanu Reeves

Simplicity is, as simple as you make it.     

Anthony Liccione

Everything seems simpler from a distance.     

Gail Tsukiyama

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.     

Charles Mingus

Life is simple. You just have to stop trying to figure it out.     

Marty Rubin

It must be a balance in everything we do, not too much of everything, keep it simple, not complicated.     

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Keep it simple. You don't want to overdo it with too much makeup or crazy, over-the-top hairstyles. Let your natural beauty show through.     

Heidi Klum

The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.     

Swami Vivekananda

Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.     

Stella Mccartney

The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.     

Tom Peters

You try to keep life simple but it never works, and in the end all you have left is yourself.     

Sue Grafton

Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed.     

Confucius

Simple and to the point is always the best way to get your point across.     

Guy Kawasaki

Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.     

Arnold H. Glasow

Do what makes you happy. Keep it simple. Do the research. Work hard. Look ahead.     

Gary Vaynerchuk

A person with taste is merely one who can recognize the greatest beauty in the simplest things.     

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.     

Clare Boothe Luce

Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious.     

Al McGuire

Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.     

Ann Voskamp

Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

Hair and shoes say it all. Everything in between is forgivable as long as you keep it simple. Trying to talk with your clothes is passive-aggress ive.     

Rick Owens

Keep it simple, make it general, and make it intelligible.     

Douglas McIlroy

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.     

Hans Hofmann

Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations.      

Paul Rand

Whatever makes you feel bad, Leave it. Whatever makes you smile, Keep it. Simple as that.     

Anonymous

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.     

Steve Maraboli

Simplicity = freeing yourself from trappings. Keep it simple.     

Anonymous

Only great minds can afford a simple style.     

Stendhal

Keep it simple, don't over do your self. Because simple is classy, and overdoing it looks trashy.     

Anonymous

Keep it simple. Let's do the obvious thing the common thing but let's do it uncommonly well.     

Leo Burnett

Keep it simple: own as little as you can get away with, schedule everything, keep a notebook, don't let technology enslave you.     

Blake Mycoskie

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.     

E. F. Schumacker

Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.     

Joanne Harris

Keep it simple: In general, interfaces should use simple geometric forms, minimal contours, and a restricted color palette comprised primarily of less-saturated or neutral colors balanced with a few high contrast accent colors that emphasize important information. Typography should not vary widely in an interface.     

Alan Cooper

The key to a good life is to keep it simple, yet creating simplicity is such a complex issue.     

Master Jin Kwon

The most simple things can bring the most happiness.     

Izabella Scorupco

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

Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus     

Ann Voskamp

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.     

Mother Teresa

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.     

Albert Einstein

Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.     

Albert Einstein

Men should use common words to say uncommon things.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

Above all, keep it simple.     

Auguste Escoffier

Living simply makes loving simple.     

Bell Hooks

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.     

Bruce Lee

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.     

Confucius

It’s as simple as that. Simple and complicated, as most true things are.     

David Levithan

Every solution to every problem is simple. It's the distance between the two where the mystery lies.     

Derek Landy

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.     

E.F. Schumacherm

I think you've got to keep it simple, keep it fresh. Stay away from all that processed stuff, read the labels.     

Emeril Lagasse

The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can.     

Giada De Laurentiis

A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.     

Groucho Marx

Our life is frittered away by detail simplify, simplify.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.     

Henry David Thoreau

It is desirable that a man live in all respects so compactly and preparedly that if an enemy take the town. He can walk out the gate empty handed and without anxiety.     

Henry David Thoreau

Nature is pleased with simplicity and nature is no dummy.     

Isaac Newton

Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.     

Isaac Newton

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.     

Jack Kerouac

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.     

Joseph Pulitzer

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.     

Lao Tzu

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.     

Leo Tolstoy

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

When people complain of your complexity, they fail to remember that they made fun of your simplicity.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.     

Natalie Babbitt

Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.     

Pete Seeger

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.     

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

People who pride themselves on their "complexity" and deride others for being "simplistic" should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.     

Thomas Sowell

I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple, tell the damned story.     

Tom Clancy

See it big, and keep it simple.     

Wilferd Peterson

The greatest ideas are the simplest.     

William Golding