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Only after people express their anger and sadness over the broken dreams of material prosperity will they turn to the task of building a sustainable economy.
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Living simply is not about living in poverty or self-inflicted deprivation. It's about living an examined life where one has determined what is truly important and enough ... and then just let go of all the rest.

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Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world.

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The character of a whole society is the cumulative result of countless small actions, day in and day out, of millions of persons.

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We are the leaders that we have been waiting for. We are the social innovators and entrepreneurs that we have been seeking.

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To me, voluntary simplicity means integration and awareness in my life.

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If the material consumption of a fraction of humanity is already harming the planet, is there an alternative path that enables all of humanity to live more lightly upon the Earth while experiencing a higher quality of life?

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It seems to me that inner growth is the whole moving force behind voluntary simplicity.

— Duane Elgin

When a person's primary objective is to maximize material pleasures while minimizing discomforts, then life becomes a constant process of "pushing" (trying to push away from discomforts) and "grabbing" (trying to acquire or hold on to that which gives pleasure). With the loss of inner balance that accompanies a habitual "pushing and grabbing" approach to life, a deeper pain ensues-that of becoming aware of the ultimate unsatisfactoriness of the pleasure-seeking/pain-avoiding process itself.

— Duane Elgin

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