Simple Quotes

Simple Sunday: Emerson

“The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fall in Colorado 2012 {photo by Carrie Caverly}

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Simple Sunday: Thoreau

“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.  With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor.  The ancient philosophers, Chinese, Hindoo, Persian, and Greek, were a class than which none has been poorer in outward riches, none so rich in inward.”

— from “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau

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Simple Sunday: Geese

“Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important that television.”

– Aldo Leopold


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Simple Sunday

“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water.  Don’t sit this one out.  Do something.”

– Carl Sagan

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Simple Sunday

“When every possible need is satisfied before we even have a chance to perceive and respond to it, creativity and resourcefulness can’t flourish.  We become victims of the great disease of technological society — meaninglessness. … Besides damaging the human spirit, unquestioning dependence on machines is bad for the human body.  Henry Fairlie, essayist for the Washington Post, analyzes it like this:

read on….

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Simple Sunday

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” 

     ~William Morris

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Simple Sunday

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” 

      ~John Burroughs

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Simple Sunday

“The amount of electricity you use is directly proportionate to the long-term damage your lifestyle inflicts upon your ecology.  Cultivate an outdoor life, rich in experience rather than gadgetry.  Go outside and garden.  Go for a walk.  Stretch.  Sing.  Play an instrument.  Write poetry.  Tell jokes.  Talk to your neighbors.  Daydream.  Hang out with dogs and cats.  Watch birds, go swimming.  Take a nap.  Cook.  Read.  Play with children.  Dance.  Make.  Love.”

— H.C. Flores, Food not Lawns

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Simple Sunday


“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

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