Want to get inspired with meaningful quotes? Choosing to live a minimalist lifestyle can be challenging. Letting go of possessions, trying to wrap your head around the minimalist philosophy is a process that takes time.
Even though it can be tough, embracing minimalism is a journey filled with meaning and a realization of true freedom.
I’ve created this post to encourage you as you explore the benefits of minimalism, declutter or work on breaking old habits. You’re not alone! Getting started can be the hardest part and requires persistence and a clear vision of your goal.
These quotes on minimalism have inspired me through the decluttering and letting go I’ve chosen to do over time. If you need help figuring out your why or getting started with simplifying your life, try out this decluttering guide in my free resource library.
I hope these quotes on minimalism will be just the thing you need to get started with your minimalist lifestyle, or keep going when it gets challenging!
45 Meaningful Quotes for Minimalists
“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things that bring you joy and the removal of those that do not.” Joshua Becker
“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”Socrates
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”Leonardo Da Vinci
“If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.” Wu-Men
“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”Seneca
“We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties.” Anna C. Brackett
“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” Vernon Howard
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” Bruce Lee
“Remember, your memories are not stored in the object; the memories are in you.” Joshua Becker
“Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are.” Courtney Carver
“We live in a culture where our worth seems to be measured by our busyness.” Erica Layne
“If our lives are burdened with clutter, we’re giving the best of ourselves away to the things that matter least.” Erica Layne
“Your home is living space, not storage space” Francine Jay
“The simplest things are often the truest.” Richard Bach
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.” Will Rogers
“Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” Edwin Way Teale
“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.”Nathan W. Morris
“I make myself rich by making my wants few.” Henry David Thoreau
“The more things I threw away, the more I found.” Don DeLillo
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” Henry David Thoreau
“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.” Louise Smith.
“Just because something made you happy in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.” Melva Green
“Enough is a decision, not an amount.” Alison Faulkner
“Minimalism is beyond time – it is timelessness, it is noble and simple materials, it is the stillness of perfection.” Massimo Vignelli
“The best things in life aren’t things.” John Ruskin
“Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.”Nicholas Burroughs
“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” Rumi
“Small needs lead to a large life.” Unknown
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” Socrates
“Living a life of simplicity leads to peace.” Vinay Raj
“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.” Plato
“Stuff is not passive. Stuff wants your time, attention, allegiance. But you know it as well as I do, life is more important than the things we accumulate.” Dave Bruno
“The root of suffering is attachment.” Buddha
“In order to seek one’s own direction, one must simplify the mechanics of ordinary, everyday life.”Plato
“Simplicity is the glory of expression.”Walt Whitman
“Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world.”Oscar Wilde
“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor – it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.” Peter Walsh
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“If you need nice things to impress your friends, you have the wrong friends.” Joshua Becker
“Truthfully, though, most organizing is nothing more than well-planned hoarding.” Joshua Fields Millburn
“Minimalism means not trying to improve perfection.” Bryant McGill
“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” Amelia Barr