"It seems that in order to appreciate the luxury of simplicity, we first need to crowd our lives with things and with obligations that accumulate until we feel a bit overwhelmed."
"What is simple and beautiful is appropriate."
"Wise people live with their means and save for a rainy day."
"When you know what you want, life is simpler."
"Eliminate an item when we add something."
"Keep an even keel in order not to keel over."
"We can't always choose what happens, but we can always be in charge of how we handle ourselves."
"One shift in reality affects everything else."
"Let us be content with less."
"Peace of mind is not the absence of problems, but rather the overcoming of suffering by training our mind to cope better."
"We stumble on happiness."
"The whole point is to share what we have and create lasting memories."
"The secret is to give yourself the best part of the day. Go one hour..."
"Parents are not meant to shape their children in their own image."
"Children must grow up, and it is childish to want everything."
"We will never feel our life is successful unless we live each day in our own particular, often peculiar way."
"When something doesn't work out or is no longer appropriate or fun, I do something else."
- Alexandra Stoddard
"Harmony and strength exist in our lives only when our outer selves match our inner selves." - Albert Schweitzer
"Circumstances! I make circumstances." - Napoleon
"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances." - Aristotle
"Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer." - Emerson
"Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires." - Lao-Tzu