30 Quotes About Living With Intention

by Nov 22, 2021

Finding The Words

Living with intention is a recurring theme in the posts for the 30 Days of Minimalism Challenge.  Helping define what that means can be a challenge in itself.  Here are some quotes that might make you think differently about minimalism and living an intentional life.

Some of these might be ones that you have read before and others might be new to you.  I hope that they will give you some inspiration and motivation to make some changes.

Defining Minimalism

“Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom … Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less. We focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more creativity, more experiences, more contribution, more contentment, more freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps make that room.”

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, The Minimalists 

“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious decision because it is a countercultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsumption.”

Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist 

When you become a minimalist, the energy you use will also become minimal. You won’t need to try to live in an eco-friendly way—it’ll come naturally. By minimizing your possessions and settling into a focused, simple life, you’ll find that the weight on your shoulders has become lighter and you’re living in a way that’s gentler on the environment.”

Fumio Sasaki, Goodbye, Things 

“Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.”

Nicholas Burroughs

“Minimalism is about intentionality, not deprivation.”


You have enough.  You are enough.

Don't confuse having less with being less, having more with being more, or what you have with who you are.
Anything unfinished, unused, unresolved or disorganized is clutter. Clear your clutter to create space for new energy and creativity.
You are complete as you are, without needing to buy anything

“Getting rid of what I didn’t absolutely need was painful, but at no point did I ever miss anything once it was gone. Ever.”

Mark Manson 

“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.”


“I have an urge to strip my life down to the bare bones to get to the core of it. I get intense and angry, accumulating layers around my essential needs, covering up my passions. These layers cover up my marks and scars, wounds and weary heart and I want it to show because sometimes I feel my only purpose here is to say: “keep going, you’re doing just fine”. And I’d like to be an example of no matter how dark and thick and hopeless it feels, for years maybe, things can and will change. If you want them to.
If you’re determined to make them do so.”

Charlotte Eriksson

Living a Life of Intention

“An Unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing, An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the mission of significance.”
John C. Maxwell

“If you’re going to grow, you have to be intentional.”

Curt Kampmeier

“When your intentions are pure, so too will be your success.”

Charles F. Glassman MD

“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.” Dennis Waitley

Eleanor Roosevelt quote- the purpose of life is to live it

“The key is not to prioritize your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”
Steven Covey

“The power of intention is the power to manifest, to create, to live a life of unlimited abundance, and to attract into your life the right people at the right moments.”
Wayne Dyer

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness.
Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

“The best way to ensure you achieve the greatest satisfaction out of life is to behave intentionally.”
Deborah Day

Take Action

Challenge Questions for Day 22

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

Find a quote that inspires or motivates you to live a life of intentionality and put it where you will see it daily.  Stick it on your fridge, create a phone alarm and/or make it your screen saver.

Declutter Challenge for Day 22

Digital Declutter 4 – Pictures on your phone or your desktop

(This might be a long-term project for you – set your alarm for 15 minutes and start today)

Eliminate any blurred, duplicate or too busy pictures.  Choose only a few favourites from any event or adventure.  Batch rename with a consistent naming convention that will help you find and organize.

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Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Educator, Artist, Storyteller


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