Inspiration: Minimalism


minimalism2 While we're on the topic of abstinence, how about a few quotes on how and why to consider a minimalist lifestyle. In whatever sense that's right for you. I've found it liberating, inspiring and conducive to productivity, creativity and peace. From a sparse desktop to a simple diet or well-edited closet. We don't need to fill every shelf ...

Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. - William Morris

Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. - Henry David Thoreau

The intention of voluntary simplicity is not to dogmatically live with less. It’s a more demanding intention of living with balance. This is a middle way that moves between the extremes of poverty and indulgence.- Duane Elgin

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. - Buddha


Sometimes, the High Road is Empty

The topic of solitude versus loneliness, and the aptitude of some to enjoy or prefer isolation to company - silence to conversation - is one that interests me particularly. {Recall: "Choosing to be Single. That's What I Said."} I suppose that trait makes me well suited to be trekking this road, hm? Today, some inspiration there. Share with friends, or, don't. :)


Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.

Be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend.

Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.

And don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.

— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet