January 24th, 1999.
"On Life Style."
"Only great minds can afford a simple style."
"But I would say to my fellows, once and for all, As long as possible live free and uncommitted. [Live] ... a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. ... Still we live meanly, like ants. ... Our life is frittered away by detail. ... Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let our affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand ...
simplicity of life and elevation of purpose."
"... I think I love ease and independence better than the golden slavery of perpetual matinees and soirees, or the pleasures of accumulation."
"Life ... is like a festival; just as some come to the festival to compete, some to ply their trade, but the best people come as spectators, so in life the slavish men go hunting for fame or gain, the philosophers for truth."
The Greek Philosopher & Mathematician, Pythagoras, circa 6th cent., B.C.
"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search for truth and perfection, is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life."
Lewis Mumford (1895-?), The Condition of Man, 1944.