Simplicity Sayings and Quotes

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

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.     

Leonardo da Vinci

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Simplicity is the glory of expression.     

Walt Whitman

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.     

Douglas Horton

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

Paul Rand

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.     

Frederic Chopin

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

Albert Einstein

Live simply, so that others may simply live.     

Mother Teresa

Our life is frittered away by detail simplify, simplify, simplify!     

Henry David Thoreau

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.     

Coco Chanel

Simplicity embarks not on what is seen by the naked eye, but dwelling on what is in the heart.     

Author Unknown

The most complicated skill is to be simple.     

Dejan Stojanovic

Simplicity is an exact medium between too little and too much.     

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

Hans Hofman

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

Charles Warner

The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple.     

Doris Janzen Longacre

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

Steve Maraboli

Simplicity is indeed often the sign of truth and a criterion of beauty.     

Mahlon Hoagland

Simplicity is the shortest path to a solution.     

Ward Cunningham

Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability.     

Edsger W. Dijkstra

Simplicity the art of maximizing the amount of work not done is essential.     

Principles Behind The Agile Manifesto

Simplicity is a state of mind.     

Charles Wagner

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

A taste for simplicity cannot last for long.     

Eugene Delacroix

As beautiful as simplicity is, it can become a tradition that stands in the way of exploration.     

Laura Nyro

I despise simplicity. It is the negation of all that is beautiful.     

Norman Hartnell

I don't need a lot of money. Simplicity is the answer for me.     

Linda McCartney

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.     


Seek simplicity but distrust it.     

Alfred North Whitehead