Inspiring quotes for creating a lifestyle of dollarwise beautiful simplicity ...

I've been collecting quotes about how to live well for much of my life and below are some of my favorites, as well as some of my own quotes. I've always been especially fascinated with quotes about order, home, travel, and living "simply well."  So much so that in the late 1980s my husband and I took a drive-by bus tour of famous simplicity philosopher/author Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond.  I quickly decided an austere cabin on a cold snowy lake was not my style of simplicity, but we enjoyed the visit!  Pix I took of Walden Pond.  I hope you find these lifestyle quotes inspiring and motivating as you seek to live out your best life, however you choose to orchestrate and decorate it!  Kathryn   :) 

"It’s all about editing one’s life—refining, simplifying, constantly editing."  --Bill Blass


"To bring beauty into your home, so you can live with it, and so enhance your life."  --Louis Comfort Tiffany

"Do one thing a day to make your home more pleasant.  --Arlene Francis

“The simplified life is a sanctified life, much more calm, much less strife. Oh, what wondrous truths are unveiled - projects succeed which had previously failed. Oh, how beautiful life can be; beautiful simplicity.”  — Peace Pilgrim

"Once a year, go someplace you've never been before."  --Dalai Lama

"The most important things in your home are people."  --Amish Proverb

“The more a man possesses over and above what he uses, the more careworn he becomes."  --George Bernard Shaw


"Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance."  --Jon Franklin

"When it all comes right down to it, a beautiful house and furnishings are nice, but a true home is ultimately about the heart."    --Kathryn Bechen

"if God shuts one door, He opens another."  --Irish Proverb

“Life is short; use the good china.”  --Magazine Ad

"One’s home should smell as beautiful as it looks." --  Barbara Milo Ohrbach

"You can be as romantic as you please about love. But you mustn’t be romantic about money." --George Bernard Shaw

"Comfort is perhaps the ultimate luxury. "  --Billy Baldwin

"Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire." --Wendell Berry

"To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul."  --Cicero

"Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing."  –Socrates

"A time to keep and a time to throw away."  --Ecclesiastes 3: 16, The Bible

"Flowers are God’s poetry."  --Kathryn Bechen

"Dining is always a great artistic opportunity."  --Frank Lloyd Wright

"Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character." ~Calvin Coolidge


"There's no place like home."  --The Wizard of Oz

"Life is too short to sleep on low thread-count sheets." --Leah Stussy

“You rent this home?”  I asked, amazed – the place looked so contented. “The home is mine,” she proudly said.  “It’s just the house that’s rented.”

"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumbnail." —Henry David Thoreau

"It is the spirit and atmosphere which makes a home, and not only bricks and mortar."  --Lucy Abott Throop, The Home of Good Taste, 1910

“Bringing simplicity into our lives requires that we discover the ways in which our consumption either supports or entangles our existence.”  --Duane Elgin

"Across the board, rich or poor, mansion or bungalow, twelve kids or two, junk and clutter causes more headaches, strained backs, strained budgets, and strained relationships, more frustration, discouragement, guilt, embarrassment, chaos, and confusion than any other housework challenge.  --Don Aslett

"A fundamental truth:  man needs color.  Color is the immediate, spontaneous expression of life."  --Le Corbusier

"A home-cooked meal offers comfort. Add a well-dressed table to your efforts, and the result is a gesture of love."  --Christi Carter

"Beauty is after all simplicity." --Einstein

“You can be young without money, but you can’t be old without it.” – Tennessee Williams

"Home should feel like a sweet embrace." -- Kathryn Bechen

"House ordering is my prayer and when I finish my prayer is answered."  --Source Unknown


"That which we elect to surround ourselves with becomes the museum of our soul and the archive of our experience.”  --Thomas Jefferson

"Ample make this bed, make this bed with awe."  --Emily Dickinson

"Price is what you pay; value is what you get."  --Warren Buffett

“Have nothing in your house you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  --William Morris

“An orderly and attractive home is a nurturing haven for the spirit, the place where we go to fill up our internal well of joy so that we can go out into the world and use the personal gifts God has given us to minister to others.”  --Kathryn Bechen


"The richest man whatever his lot, is he who is content with whatever he’s got.” -- Dutch Proverb

"A good system shortens the road to the goal."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A home is, in a sense, a visual reflection of you. It is your autobiography. To be inspiring, it must be deeply personal and authentic.”  --Alexandra Stoddard

"Holy rest is an art form.  It’s not simply the absence of work.  It is the presence of all the sacred pleasures you can partake in: a festive meal, family and friends, a good book, a little romance, a walk in nature, a prayer to God."  --Rabbi Naomi Levy

"It’s nice to return home each day to something intensely personal."  --Stanley Barrows

"Thrift is essential to well-ordered living."  --John D. Rockefeller

"Happiness is a place between too little and too much." -Finnish Proverb


"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."  --Henry David Thoreau

"Creating a home is performed with reverence for the beauty of the mundane, elevating everyday tasks into a gentle art.”  --Victoria magazine

"If you own something that you cannot give away, then you don’t own it; it owns you."  --Albert Schweitzer

"In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil."  --Proverbs 21:20, The Bible

"When your environment is pleasant, you’re more likely to be."  --Emelie Tolley

"When making your choices in life, do not neglect to live."  --Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

"The average American has more than $2,000 worth of unwanted items that could be donated as a write-off or sold to generate cash." 

--2004 AC Nielson survey

"Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task."  --William James

"Make home a happy place they look forward coming back to." --Ruth Bell Graham

"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold."  --Proverbs 22:1, The Bible

"The journey is the thing."   --Homer

“Everything in your closet should have an expiration date on it the way milk and bread and magazines and newspapers do."  –Andy Warhol

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."  --Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973

"Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance." --Epicurus

"Meanness inherits a set of silverware and keeps it in the bank. Economy uses it only on important occasions, for fear of loss. Thrift sets the table with it every night for pure pleasure." –Phyllis McGinley

“Simplicity is the final achievement.”  --Frederic Chopin

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”  –-C.S. Lewis


© Kathryn Bechen 2020