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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.”―Henry David Thoreau 

"Simplicity is the sign of mastery. You’ve not avoided the difficulties, you’ve solved them. And then everything falls neatly (and with apparent ease) into place. True work, we might say, is making the simple feel easy."

"When we say we’d love a simple life, part of what we’re saying is we’d like to be confident enough to have a simple life, confident not to mind the sarcasm and judgements of others. Simplicity is the opposite of pretension, where we must pretend we are more than we are in order to please others; here we can take the risk of being very minimal, sure that we don’t need the approval of the crowd."

Read more: Simplicity: it’s our true guide to a better life

“A deadly force is taking over our world.  This is a monster that can do too much harm to be so commonly welcomed into our society, and it goes by the name “Materialism.”  The scariest thing about materialism is that it is so easy to fall into, especially in this day and age. So you ask what is materialism? It is a fixation on and love for material objects over actual living things”…

Read more: In Praise of ‘Enoughness’ and 'Lagomist' Economy

Slow Reading

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“The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it”-Samuel Johnson

With a sincere hope that readers everywhere, all over the world, will discover “simplicity, patience and compassion” in all they read

Read more: Slow Reading Sunday

Gandhi’s practices of silence, slow reading, fasting, walking and spinning were integral to his self-search.

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"There is more to life than increasing its speed"-Gandhi

Read more: Gandhi and Slow Reading: A Look at Gandhi’s Philosophy of Reading

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"In a world of rampant materialism and manifold opportunities, many people these days are apparently learning who they are by choosing what they can do without."

Read more: The Evolution of Simplicity - The New York Times