To find the universal elements enough to

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

To poke a wood fire is more

To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world.  ~Charles Dudley WarnerCUL

Frugality is one of the most beautiful

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying.  The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.  ~Elise Boulding

If you cultivate a healthy poverty and

If you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days.  ~Annie Dillard, "Seeing," Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, 1974CTO

In proportion as he simplifies his life

In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.  ~Henry David Thoreaucommonly misquoted as As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. walden.org/Library/Quotations/The_Henry_D._Thoreau_Mis-Quotation_Page

Since all the riches of this world

Since all the riches of this world
May be gifts from the Devil and earthly kings,
I should suspect that I worshipp’d the Devil
If I thank’d my God for worldly things.
~William Blake, Gnomic VersesOBM

We dont need to increase our goods

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

The greatest truths are the simplest so

The greatest truths are the simplest: so likewise are the greatest men.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger

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 (Thanks, Arly)