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By Kaitlyn Dunagan

Minimalism may seem to be just an aesthetic that emerged on Instagram in 2015 – between capsule wardrobes and all-white home decor being in vogue, it’s certainly having a moment of renaissance. Yet, it’s far from new in concept. For centuries, all kinds of teachers and leaders and thinkers have advocated for the life of less consumption and more recognition that you have all you really need. Here, a few quotes to encourage you to streamline, refocus and remember what really matters in the new year:

1. “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” ― Joshua Becker

2.“Why the obsession with worldly possessions? When it’s your time to go, they have to stay behind, so pack light.” ― Alex Morritt

3.“As for clothing, to come at once to the practical part of the question, perhaps we are led oftener by the love of novelty, and a regard for the opinions of men, in procuring it, than by a true utility. Let him who has work to do recollect that the object of clothing is, first, to retain the vital heat, and secondly, in this state of society, to cover nakedness, and he may judge how much of any necessary or important work may be accomplished without adding to his wardrobe.” ― Henry David Thoreau

4. “I’ve found that the less stuff I own, the less my stuff owns me.” ― Nathan W. Morris

5.“This is today! What will tomorrow bring? Life arrives and departs on its own schedule, not ours; it’s time to travel light, and be ready to go wherever it takes us.” ― Meg Wolfe

6.“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.” ― Nathan W. Morris

7. “I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.” ― Bob Newhart

8. “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” ― Jackie French Koller

9. “Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter.”― Harold Kushner

10.“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”― Will Rogers

11. “You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” ― Charles Spurgeon

12.“If one had taken what is necessary to cover one’s needs and had left the rest to those who are in need, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, no one would be in need.”― Saint Basil

13.“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”― Lao Tzu

14.“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.” ― Linda Breen Pierce

15. “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

16.“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”― Leo Tolstoy

17. “Progress is discovering what you can do without.” ― Marty Rubin

18. “Minimalism is not subtraction for the sake of subtraction. Minimalism is subtraction for the sake of focus.” ― Unknown

19.“Think of yourself as a curator, rather than a consumer.” ― Christine Koh

20. “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupe

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