Quotes about Simplicity for Copywriters and Nonprofit Leaders

“Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), American poet and educator

Wise words about simplicity from Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter

“If you cannot explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leondard da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian writer and social reformer

“It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.”
William of Occam (1288-1347), English friar, philosopher, and theologian

“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.”
E.F. Schumacher (1911-1977), internationally influential economist and statistician

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
Lin Yutang (1895-1976), Chinese writer, translator, linguist and inventor

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American writer and philosopher

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
Socrates (470 BC – 399 BC), classical Greek philosopher

"Live simply that others might simply live."
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton (1774-1821), first native-born American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” 
William Morris (1834-1896), English designer, artist, and writer associated with the Arts & Crafts movement

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Confucius (551 BC- 479 BC), Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”
Charles Mingus (1922-1979), American jazz bassist, composer, and band leader

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American writer and philosopher

"Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.”
Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980), American naturalist, photographer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.”
Plato (427 BC – 347 BC), classical Greek philosopher and student of Socrates

 “Everything should be made as simple as possible – but not simpler.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born theoretical physicist

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