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The Joy of Simplicity

The Joy of Simplicity


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Insights to Unclutter and Uncomplicate
Your Life

by Allen Klein
Foreword by David Kundtz
Paperback, 160 pages
Mango Publishing

Book Summary

Relax, refocus, renew, and find joy. Learn to slow down, relax, smell the roses, and simplify your life with the latest collection of insightful quotations and inspired ideas by the popular "Jollytologist" Allen Klein.

The calming quotes, tranquil wisdom, and power thoughts in this book come from notable authors, celebrities, philosophers, and others who recognize the virtues of a simple, stress-free life. Grouped around basic themes like "Go with the Flow," "Focus on What's Important," and "Slow Down," these sayings are reminders that it is still possible to achieve peace and harmony in today's fast-paced world. Bliss is just around the corner.

The Joy of Simplicity is...
  • A reminder that it is possible to achieve a state of peace and harmony in today's challenging world.

  • A collection of quotes to make you smile, laugh, and reflect on what you really need in your life.

  • A wonderful gift for those looking for serenity and focus in the midst of a fast-paced world.



Be Present
Do Less
Focus on What's Important
Forgive and Forget
Go with the Flow
Grown Down
Have Less
Keep it Simple
Savor Silence
Seek Solitude
Shun Perfection
Slow Down
Take a Break


Do Less
The blurb under my high school yearbook photo read, "Ambition has no rest." Is it no wonder then that every day I have a very long to-do list? And is it no surprise then that at the end of every day I get frustrated when I view that list and find that I haven't accomplished half of what I set out to do? Perhaps you have found yourself in the same situation. Well, here is a solution that I just learned from listening to a podcast from Tim Ferriss, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek,. Although he was discussing procrastination, I realized that his remarks were applicable to doing less.

According to Ferriss, I need to rethink my daily to-do list. Instead of trying to accomplish everything on it, which is overwhelming, one of the things he suggests is lowering our expectations. If one of the tasks on the list is large, break it down into very small doable items. Or, take the long list and reduce it down to a few manageable items. By doing that, you will get a sense of accomplishment that will help spur you on to your next thing on the list.

In other words, by doing less, as a number of quotations in the following section remind us, you might actually accomplish more.

The great secret of life [is] not to open your letters for a fortnight. At the expiration of that period you will find that nearly all of them have answered themselves.
Arthur Binstead

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
Thomas Jefferson

Don't answer the phone just because it's ringing.
Elaine St. James

If someone throws you the ball, you don't have to catch it.
Richard Carlson

The Master arrives without leaving, sees the light without looking, achieves without doing a thing.

I have a very full and busy life and occasionally am asked, "Scotty, how can you do all that you do?" There are multiple answers... but the most telling reply I can give is: "Because I spend at least two hours a day doing nothing." Ironically, the questioner usually responds by saying he's too busy to do that.
M. Scott Peck

You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.
Mortimer Adler

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along.... No more busy work.... Leave time, leave space, to grow.
Og Mandino

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's not easy saying no. We're so used to thinking we should be able to taste every darned thing on the banquet table that we wind up not enjoying any of it.
Janet Luhrs

No one can maintain more than three priorities.... Figure out what your priorities are, and say no to everything else.
Elaine St. James

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do-and not doing it.
Mary Wilson Little

I've learned that you can't have everything and do everything at the same time.
Oprah Winfrey

Always do one thing less than you think you can do.
Bernard Baruch

Less is more
Mies van der Rohe

HIGH PRAISE FOR The Joy of Simplicity

"I have come to know that sometimes the simplest words can make a major difference in how people perceive and interact with their world. This book can make that same difference to you"

Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

"The simpler my life, the better I like it. If you feel the same, you're gonna love this book"

BJ Gallagher, co-author of Your Life is Your Pray

"This powerful collection of quotes serves as a great reminder of simple truths and timeless wisdom that can alter our lives in a profound way. This book is guaranteed to inspire all who read it."

Mike Robins, author of Focus on the Good Stuff

"Quotes ARE fuel for the soul, and Allen has packed enough fuel in this book to shine a light of positivity and hope that will glow for eternity."

G. Brian Benson, author of Habits for Success

"Let Allen Klein inspire you and help you embrace and celebrate the joy in your life and in the life that surrounds you."

Carole Brody Fleet, author of Happily Ever After




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