Simplifying Aspects Of Your Life – 25 Simplicity Quotes

Zy Marquiez
January 9, 2018

Below are several quotes from respected individuals which allude to the importance of simplicity.

The reason for sharing these is to contemplate them deeply and ruminate about what prompted these individuals to make such statements. This should gives us an insight into what these individuals displayed in their daily lives:

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci

“If you can’t explain it simple enough, you can’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity”
– Plato

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
– Coco Chanel

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
– Confucius

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
– Paramahansa Yoganda

– Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd.”
– Kevin Barnett

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
– Hans Hoffman

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
– William Golding

– “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
– Albert Einstein

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
– Bruce Lee

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
– Isaac Newton

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance is lost on most.”
– Clement Monk

“How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.”
– William Wordsworth

“Today’s complexities demand greater simplicity.”
– Elder L. Tom Perry

“Live simply so that others may simply live.”
– Mother Theresa

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex…it takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
– Albert Einstein

“Embrace simplicity…Be content with what you have and are, and not one can despoil you.”
– Chris Prentiss

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.
– Joel Osteen

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
– Laozi

“Simplicity is the glory of expression.”
– Walt Whitman

“Simplicity is the nature of great souls.”
– Papa Ramadas

“Simplicity is realizing what you need rather than what you want.”
– Apoorve Dubey

In our current day an age, there is an excess of complexity which plagues the populace. We have all dealt with a plethora of issues which harbor extreme complexity to the hilt. Much of it is out of our hands, but thankfully, not all of it.

If the complexity is overdone, this leads to all manner of detrimental circumstances which are harmful to the individual, waste their time, and increase their stress.

As is often the case, for many issues there are solutions that can be viewed far easier if one just takes a step back and analyzes the situation from a detached point of view.  Although not taught in conventional schooling, the mental tool of seeing things from a detached macro-POV is extremely useful for being able to see how different things interlock in the grand scheme of things rather than viewing things from a 1st person limited perspective

Allow me to repeat Paramahansa Yoganda’s incisive quote that might be of great use to most of us in the current world we live in: “Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”

If ever there were a quote that precisely relates how people would be best served, this one would be one of them.

Its so simple, its elegant.   And it would solve countless problems and ameliorate stress as well.

It’s worked countless times in my life, and perhaps it can work in yours as well.

Simplicity is just another choice/tool for the proactive, mindful, and incisive individual.

So why not keep implement this tool into your repertoire?

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Energy – The Wellspring Of Life

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Zy Marquiez
January 5, 2018

Energy is an interesting concept.  It conjures all sorts of ideas/emotions.  For our purposes, we’re going to focus on energy and oft-overlooked ways to tap into it.

Usually, the ways people gain energy are through rest, sleep and eating healthy foods.  Occasionally people might state they feel energized doing other activities, but for the most part the point of view of how people consistently gain energy is seen through a limited perspective.

Be that as it may, there are myriad other ways people can get energized.  Sometimes a calming vacation in a cabin retreat helps revitalize someone.  Or perhaps even a weekend at a beach or a cabin in the mountains can help reinvigorate individuals energetically.  Working out has also been known to energize individuals.  So on and so forth.

Bottom line – the above examples showcase the same concept, but from various points in the kaleidoscope.  The energy an individual can tap into is available in many streams of life, if we just open our eyes to it.  Best of all, there are even more ways to get energized then the ones mentioned above.

By way of example, nigh 3 days ago I was about to head to bed given that it was around 10 PM and I’d been battling a cold for a few days, having an atrociously exhaustive day, when I opted to read a book.  Sounds innocent, doesn’t it?  No big deal, you say.  Perhaps.

I pick up one book, and continued that book where I left off in that novel.  Soon thereafter, I recall that there’s another book I’d been meaning to continue, and switch to that book.  After about an hour of vigorous reading, I switch to another book, so on and so forth.  Four hours later, and bouncing between 5 books, I felt on top of the world.  My energy level was through the roof, and at first it was inexplicable to me.  This was until I realized how powerful allowing my mind to drift through ideas, contemplate creative curiosities and stoking the embers of my imagination was.  The ironic thing is, I should have been even more exhausted than before, given that I was running on empty before I started reading, but such was not the case.  Thereafter, after a few hundreds pages, I was replete with energy as I’d drank from life’s well spring itself.

After going through that instance, I was left with much to ruminate upon.  I found energy and how we tap into it a utterly fascinating idea.  The point is, a simple task that might not hold meaning to others, not only held immense meaning to myself, but was able to invigorate me in a manner I hadn’t been in months.  Not only that, but it allowed me to get things done when I was feeling dreadful, which was one of its greatest advantages.

Tapping into this wellspring of life, energy, whether it comes from a vacation, working out, or whatever other method…is definitely an Ace all Individuals have up their sleeve, even if they don’t use it.  If seen from the point of view of something nourishing and vital to your well being, and I certainly believe it is, then it is something we should all contemplate on doing, and doing regularly.  That’s just my opinion however.  What do you think?

At the opposite side of this example is the fact that all of us, from time to time, will feel stagnant, like a ship without a rudder amidst the winds of life.  Lacking energy [irrespective of reason] leaves us like a leaf in the wind, subject to whatever whim the winds of nature leaves us.  As such, we drift aimlessly in our space and often let the chips fall where they may.  Each and every one of us is familiar with this idea.

How we get there is not as important as how we get out of it.  Thankfully, there are many ways of egress when facing this curious conundrum.

This is why for me, personally, it’s been vital to find as many solutions to this dilemma, which basically means finding as many ideas of things that keep me energized and keep my tanks full.  Please keep in mind, that what might work (best) for myself, might not work for someone else, but hopefully someone can gain better insights into ways they may energize themselves, and even contemplate new ways of tapping into and expanding this untold potential.

Whether it is painting, writing, reading, listening to music, swimming, imagining, exercising, yoga, meditating, mindfulness, meaningful conversations, or someway else, make note of what energizes you.  Keep that in your back pocket, because we all know sooner or later the moment of stagnicity will wrap its tentacles around us and only by being proactive will we be able to shed its limbs.

Better yet, once we realize we can tap into this energy source at any given moment in time, our Individual capabilities increase proportional to how we opt to employ them and how often as well.

At that moment, when energy is restored, the world is in the palm of our hands, and life becomes your personal adventure once more.

And isn’t that what life’s about, living life to the fullest?

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Book Review: The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph Ph.D.


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Zy Marquiez
January 5, 2018

In their How To Read A Book – The Classical Guide To Intelligent Reading [review here], Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren postulated that most published books out there will not be complex enough to teach the reader anything of true substance.  However, the authors also argued that there is a second tier of books “from which you can learn – both how to read and how to live.”[1] If I am bold to suggest, this particular book, The Trivium, is one of those books from which an immense amount can be learned because of its inherent nature of all it teaches.

The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph Ph.D., is an exemplary book that touches upon critical aspects of learning and living which do not get the light of day in modern times.

As this passage by Marguerite McGlinn relates, which speaks incisively:

“Ultimately, Sister Miriam Joseph speaks most eloquently about the value of this book.  She explains that studying the liberal arts [The Trivium] is an intransitive activity; the effect of studying these arts stays within the individual and perfects the faculties of the mind and spirit.  She compares the studying of the liberal arts with the blooming of the rose; it brings to fruition the possibilities of human nature.  She writes, “The utilitarian or servile arts enable one to be a servant – of another person, of the state, of a corporation, or a business – and to earn a living.  The liberal arts, in contrast, teach one how to live; they train the faculties and bring them to perfection; they enable a person to rise above his material environment to live an intellectual, a rational, and therefore a free life in gaining truth.”[2][Bold Emphasis Added]

The Trivium, doesn’t just speak about the core tenets needed for a robust education, but shows all of its main components to boot, and more importantly, how to employ them.

This book also features not only a very methodical approach into the learning/teaching of Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric, but the book is also chock-full of myriad examples coming straight from the upper tiers of literary history which are used to cement each component of the Trivium.  Further, not only does this book explain in detail the core concepts of the Trivium, but at certain junctures it even offers some exercises in order to apply what one has learned and gauge an individual’s progress.

The Trivium is really a thorough presentation that encompasses everything from poetics, fallacies, syllogisms, propositions, grammar, composition, enthymemes and much much more.

By covering the foundational topics such as Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric, The Trivium goes light-years above and beyond most books that are ‘mandatory’ in the public school system.

Why such a bold statement?  Because the Trivium is the foundation upon which classical education was built upon in Western Education.  However, these days, the Trivium is essentially non-existent from education, after a tumultuous shift was taken away from these tenets.  Because of that the Trivium has been removed from the system of public schooling to the detriment of the students, families and generations.

If you’re a homeschooler, an unschooler, an autodidact, a self-teacher, or just someone that is seeking to teach someone, or simply wish to learn about these integral components of education, then ruminate deeply about getting this book.  Its lessons would benefit every individual come to terms with the greater learning capabilities that they always could have, but never found a way to achieve through the terribly lacking public schooling system.

Sources & References:
[1] Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, How To Read A BookMortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren. p. 332.
[2] Sister Miriam Joseph Ph.D., The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric, pp. x-xi.
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Book Review: Socratic Logic [V3.1] by Peter Kreeft PhD

An Indispensable Piece For The Autodidact; A Vital Component To Education For Individuals Of All Ages

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Zy Marquiez
January 4, 2018

Having not taken a logic course since the university, attempting to find a book on logic that would be ‘worth its weight in gold’ took a bit of time, but this particular book has more than delivered in spades.

Socratic Logic by Peter Kreeft PhD is an essential reading for everyone who values the use of logic.  In fact, going one step further, this book should be read by everyone, because we could all benefit from it in numerous ways.  Mostly though, most of us have not been taught logic at all, not in elementary school, nor in high school, and rarely in college.

This is taking place because logic, as well as the trivium have been nigh completely removed from most school curriculums and when they do have these courses, they are merely a facsimile of it, and nowhere near the quality of logic taught in times past.  You can ruminate upon why such a staple of education has been all but removed from mainstream education today.

Moving forward, this particular book showcases a very in-depth approach into all the nuances that are involved in Logic, while also keeping it simple so to speak.   Describing the book as ‘simple’ might be a misnomer, but when compared to The Organon by Aristotle, which is a much more complex/demanding read, this seems like a ‘walk in the park’.

Kreeft makes it a point to give the individual everything they might need to comprehend logic, from the ground up, as the book is sprinkled generously with many real world examples, historical quotes and conundrums that will make the book quite practical in its application once the concepts are mastered and implemented into one’s repertoire.

Socratic Logic serves as an excellent jump-off point into the realm of logic due to the pragmatic approach taken by Kreeft.

As the author himself states, the book is: simple, user friendly, practical, linguistic, readable, traditional, commonsensical, philosophical, constructive, clearly divided, flexible, short, selective, interactive, holistic, and classroom oriented.  After reading the book twice, those descriptions were rather precise.

Conveniently, the book also features a differentiation where one can find the basic sections (B) and the philosophical sections (P) marked in the table of contents.  This helps greatly in focusing on whatever specific area the reader might want to hone their skills in.

Also of note, the book – as mentioned by Kreef – may be used in at least 10 different ways:

[1] the basics only
[2] the basic sections plus the philosophical sections
[3] the basic sections plus the more advanced sections in logic
[4] the basic sections plus the practical application sections
[5] the basic sections plus any two of these three additions
[6] all of the book
[7] all or some of it supplemented by a text in symbolic logic
[8] all or some of it supplemented by a text in inductive logic
[9] all or some of it supplemented by a text in rhetoric or informal logic
[10] all or some of it supplement by readings in and applications to the great philosophers

What one gathers from the book will depend greatly on how much time one chooses to spend on it.  Socratic Logic may be studied independently for an autodidact, or used for schooling.  The book can be studied in single class lessons, once a week class lessons, semester formats, etc.

Another useful element in the book is that it features a healthy amount of exercises throughout the book in order to further buttress one’s understanding of the material.  This definitely helps bring home the concepts shown in the book.

Taking all into account, the principles discussed in Socratic Logic should have been the book taught in school.  In fact, it should be taught to everyone because our society lacks logic in myriad ways.  Then again, that is what happens with the removal of classical education and logic from the common-to-the-rotten-core type of school system we’re all “lucky” to have.

In the information age, not being educated and not knowing foundational pieces of essential knowledge such as logic that venture into every crevice of our lives, is folly.

And if conventional schooling continues on the downhill grade it’s at, knowledge in areas such as this will be worth more than its weight in gold, and that’s not an understatement.  With the student loan debt now over a trillion dollars and with real education dissipating right before our eyes within the conventional establishment, taking your education into your hands is not only responsible, but vital.

To further one’s education is a choice, and luckily Socratic Logic makes it an easy to choice to make.

About Me:

Zy Marquiez is an autodidact. An inquiring and incisive mind. An open-minded skeptic. An avid learner. An individual who loves to ruminate about the everything within our reality. [Un]common sense advocate. Barnes & Noble Refugee. Reformed Carmel Macchiato addict & Part-Time Researcher.

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