Favourite Quotations About Frugality And Minimalism

Here is a (small) selection of my favourite quotations about frugality and minimalism. These are two topics very close to my heart, in my quest to live well with less and know that everything you need you have. Rather than it being about living within our means, what matters to us is choosing to experience our best lives rather than over-consume. All you need is less!

“Being frugal doesn’t mean slashing your spending or depriving yourself of things that you enjoy. It means knowing the value of a dollar and making every effort to spend it wisely.” [Frank Sonnenberg]

“The trouble with simple living is that though it can be joyful, rich and creative it isn’t simple.” Doris Janzen Longacre]

“The way to wealth is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality: that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.” [Benjamin Franklin]

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” [Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover]

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” [Eleanor Roosevelt]

“A bargain ain’t a bargain unless it’s something you need.” [Sidney Carroll, A Big Hand for the Little Lady]

“Any half-awake materialist well knows that which you hold holds you.” [Tom Robbins]

“Concern yourself less with possessions. Concern yourself more with living.” [Joshua Becker]

“He who knows he has enough is rich” [Lao Tzu]

“Clearing clutter – be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual—brings about ease and inspires a sense of peace, calm, and tranquility.” [Laurie Buchanan]

“It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.” [Bertrand Russell]

“Possessions are usually diminished by possession.” [Friedrich Nietzsche]

“Real wealth, security, and contentment come not from the trinkets we amass but from how we spend the one life we’ve been given.” [The Minimalists]

“Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” [Edwin Way Teale]

“Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.” [Katharine Fullerton Gerould]

“Simplify. Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” [Leo Babauta]

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” [Albert Einstein]

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” [Albert Einstein]

“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 consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.” [Elise Bounding]

“The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.” [Arundhati Roy]

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” [Socrates]

“The things you own end up owning you.” [Chuck Palahniuk]

“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.” [George Carlin]

“We have to cultivate contentment with what we have. We really don’t need much. When you know this, the mind settles down. Cultivate generosity. Delight in giving. Learn to live lightly…” [Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo]

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” [Henry David Thoreau]

“Don’t take too much, don’t take more than you need. Liberate yourself from over-consumerism. Buy what you need, use what you buy. Don’t buy just for the sake of acquiring….Don’t lose yourself, your time, your energy and your life in ‘stuff’…” [Akiroq Brost]

“I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living”. [John D. Rockefeller]

“Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift? [Cicero]

What favourite quotations about frugality and minimalism come to mind, resonate with you or seem to be speaking directly about your life?


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