Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
James J. Lachard (aka Jim Brown)
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
Live simply so that others may simply live.
Elizabeth Ann Seton
Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.
Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.
There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.
Jackie French Koller
One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.
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
If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.
The Dalai Lama
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.
Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.