wisdom in one sentence – goodbye, things by fumio sasaki

“I’ve defined minimalism as (1) reducing our necessary items to a minimum, and (2) doing away with excess so we can focus on the things that are truly important to us.”

“We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.”
—FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD

“Tyler Durden said it best in the film Fight Club: “The things you own end up owning you.”

“The Dutch philosopher Baruch de Spinoza observed that when people say something is impossible, they’ve already decided that they don’t want to do it”

“Ichiro Suzuki, one of the best baseball players in Japan and America, said the accumulation of small achievements is the only way to do something incredible. ”

“It’s possible to minimize more carefully, but I think minimizing the effort it takes to minimize is often the key to success.”

“Author Daisuke Yosumi writes that we should consider stores as our personal warehouses.”

“say goodbye to those ho-hum things.”

“The American poet Allen Ginsberg once observed that if you pay twice as much attention to your rug, it’ll mean the same thing as owning two rugs.”

“While others may like to vary their looks, there’s a stylishness to wearing the same clothes that are perfect for us and using them as a kind of personal uniform.”

“For a minimalist, the objective isn’t to reduce, it’s to eliminate distractions so they can focus on the things that are truly important.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
—Steve Jobs

“When we practice minimalism, we’ll spend less time being distracted by the media or by advertisements because we become aware that we already have everything that we need. ”

“The qualities I look for in the things I buy are (1) the item has a minimalist type of shape, and is easy to clean; (2) its color isn’t too loud; (3) I’ll be able to use it for a long time; (4) it has a simple structure; (5) it’s lightweight and compact; and (6) it has multiple uses.”

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
—Tyler Durden, Fight Club

“But the truth is, by letting go of my books, CDs, and DVDs, I was able to achieve a fundamental sense of freedom that’s hard to put into words—it’s freedom from my personas, you could say.”

“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
—Lao Tzu

“When you stop comparing, you find yourself”

“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”
—Steve Jobs

“Instead of focusing on the voices of others, I focus on and believe in the voice that’s coming from me.”

“There’s a favorite quote of mine from Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living that really sums up what was wrong with me: “I was trying to wash today’s dishes, yesterday’s dishes and dishes that weren’t even dirty yet.”

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