"As Thoreau so well knew, and so painstakingly tried to show us, what a man most needs is not a knowledge of how to get more, but a knowledge of the most he can do without, and of how to get along without it. The essential cultural discrimination is not between having and not having or haves and have-nots, but between the superfluous and the indispensable. Wisdom, it seems to me, is always poised upon the knowledge of minimums; it might be thought to be the art of minimums."
"You don’t have to live in public on the internet if you don’t want to. Even if you’re a public figure, or micro-famous like me. I don’t follow anyone on my public Instagram account. No shade on those who follow me there, I’m glad you give me your time – but I need to be in my own space to get my shit done. You want a “hack” for handling the internet? Create private social media accounts, follow who you want and sit back and let your bespoke media channels flow to you. These are tools, not requirements. Don’t let them make you miserable. Tune them until they bring you pleasure."
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity."
"Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
"Oh blessed simplicity, that seizes swiftly what cleverness, tired out in the service of vanity, may grasp but slowly."
"A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."
“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.”