Minimalist Sayings and Quotes

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


Minimalism in interior design has become a caricature. Everywhere you find shops or hotels with an ambience that makes you feel like you are in a refrigerator.     

Andree Putman

Minimalism now is a reaction to what came before. It's absolutely of its time. Music moved into the set theory thing, and moved out of it.     

Harrison Birtwistle

The point is that minimalism is a tool to help you achieve freedom. Freedom from fear, freedom from worry, freedom from overwhelm, freedom from guilt, freedom from depression, freedom from enslavement. Freedom. Real freedom.     

Joshua Fields Millburn

Minimalism is not the lack of something. It is simply the perfect amount of something.     

Najahyia Chinchilla

It was a minimalist opening offer. It was far from what anyone in our group would expect to be adequate.     

Bill Lockyer

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.     

Joshua Becker

It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding. And you can. But not a good one.     

David Foster

Minimalism is the constant art of editing your life.     

Danny Dover

Minimalism is the pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance.     

Claudio Silvestrin

Minimalism is about creating space to live simply and meaningfully; it's about living intentionally.     

Laurie Buchanan

One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.     

Francis Jourdain

Minimalism is saying all by saying nothing.     

Will Advise

Minimalism means not trying to improve perfection.     

Bryant McGill

Minimalism is about creating complete harmony and not about making simple.     

Naoto Fukasawa

Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It's your masterpiece after all.     

Nathan W. Morris

Also minimalism is a term that all of us who share so little in common and who are lumped together as minimalists are not terribly happy with.     

Ann Beattie

Minimalism is not defined by what is not there but by the rightness of what is and the richness with which this is experienced.     

John Pawson

A minimalist does not charge you for what he did. He charges you for what he did not do.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Except among those whose education has been in the minimalist style, it is understood that hasty moral judgments about the past are a form of injustice.     

Jacques Barzun

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.     

Bertrand Russell