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Small House Quotes for Simple and Sustainable Living

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The Small House Movement has inspired great interest in smaller and simpler living. Below are some quotes about simpler and smaller living that help encourage the use of tiny, little, small, miniature, and micro homes. Please contact us if you know of any other quotes that should be added to this list. Quotes are listed below in alphabetical order beginning with the first word.

  • “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. Schumacker
  • “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
  • “I believe that such smaller houses – where comfort, practicality and beauty co-exist in harmony – represent an idea whose time has truly come. They’re better for the environment and they enhance the quality of life – both in our communities and for those who live in them. I am glad to help make this option available to everyone.” – John Gower, owner and principal designer of BC Mountain Homes
  • “I think that when you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey, 20th Anniversary DVD
  • “Live simply that others might simply live.” – Elizabeth Seaton
  • “Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale
  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo DaVinci
  • “Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
  • “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann, Introduction to the Bootstrap, 1993
  • “We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.” – Donald Horban
  • “You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.” – Eric Hoffer
  • “You know you have reached perfection of design not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com