In case you have never heard of The Minimalists, they are two gentlemen, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who have jettisoned rampant consumptive consumerism and adopted a lifestyle of minimalism. In other words, they have rejected the continuous accumulation of more and now adhere to living a lifestyle with less. As a result, they have discovered the truly meaningful things in life, including relationships, family, friendships, happiness, self-worth, and contentment.
Their engrossing memoir, Everything That Remains, contains many excellent quotes, but I thought I would include a few favorite gems here.
“Our memories are not in our things. Our memories are within us.” (page 33)
“Desire always begets more desire.” (page 40)
“There is more joy and fulfillment in pursuing less than can be found in pursuing more.” (page 54)
“Truthfully, though, most organizing is nothing more than well-planned hoarding.” (page 69)
“Those assholes the Joneses are impossible to keep up with.” (page 105)
“Sometimes the best teacher is our most recent failure.” (page 158)
“The present day is the most exciting time in history to be an author.” (page 193)
“Any man who thinks he is going to work less after getting a promotion is setting himself up with a poor expectation, one that will lead to pain and disappointment in the long run.” (page 206)
“Discontent sets in when you start living life for everyone else.” (page 213)