Unnecessary Sayings and Quotes

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


Be careful to not haul around in our lives so many nice but unnecessary things that we are distracted and diverted from the things that truly matter most.      

David A. Bednar

We are prisoners of the unnecessary things we amass, and the only way to discover our beautiful true selves is by chipping everything unnecessary out of our lives.     

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.     

John Adams

Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.     

Margaret Mead

Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.     

Mark Twain

Just like sweeping the streets, sweep the unnecessary things from your mind too; keep your mind clean!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.     

Oscar Wilde

I am completely attracted to the idea of simplicity, or at least removing things that seem unnecessary when trying to get an idea out there.     

Demetri Martin

Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.     

Duke of Wellington

Unnecessary silence upon emotions and exigency is an act of self-immolation of your rights and ways.     

Ehsan Sehgal

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.     

Ezra Pound

Give thanks to God, who made necessary things simple, and complicated things unnecessary.      

Gregory Skovoroda

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

Hans Hofmann

If two people were exactly alike, one of them would be unnecessary.     

Larry Dixon

If a man does not work at necessary and good things, then he will work at unnecessary and stupid things.     

Leo Tolstoy

Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all.     

Richard Baxter

We are ignorant of things necessary, because we learn things superfluous and unnecessary.     

Richard Baxter

What is necessary is possible, what we want is expensive. What is unnecessary is unlikely.     

Robert Fripp

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.     

Samuel Johnson

I do a good job of blocking painful, unnecessary things from my memory.      

Stephenie Meyer

To me an unnecessary action, or shot, or casualty, was not only waste but sin.     

T. E. Lawrence

Stress is unnecessary and unnecessary stress is very unnecessary.     

TemitOpe Ibrahim

All of our technology is completely unnecessary to a happy life.     

Tom Hodgkinson

The government is best which makes itself unnecessary.     

Wilhelm Von Humboldt

If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, This is the best season of your life.     

Wumen Huikai

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.     

C. S. Lewis

The design of everyday things is in great danger of becoming the design of superfluous, overloaded, unnecessary things.     

Donald A. Norman

Our vision for the world is making car ownership unnecessary.     

Logan Green

Fear is sort of like jealousy. It's an unnecessary emotion.     

Matt Skiba

Memory is the greatest of artists, and effaces from your mind what is unnecessary.     

Maurice Baring