"We can best discover the principle of the simple life by a contrast with the spirit of commercialism. The commercial spirit is selfish. Its motto is "Expand to get."... Over and against it, at its antipodes, is the spirit of the simple life. It can be lived at any level of poverty or wealth; and at any age of ignorance or culture. It is sessentially the spirit of living for life's sake, or consecration to personal and social goodness. This spirit does not keep us out of commerical business, nor does it command us to confine our business to narrow limits and to small returns. But if we are to belong to the goodly fellowship of those who live the simple life, our business must be made an avenue of ministering to human life."
Rufus M. Jones, 1927
I really like this quote for a number of reasons. One, is that there are many avenues to a simple life and they can look quite different. However, caring for one another is what is truly important, not how withdrawn you are from society, or how many jars of produce you put up this suummer, but simply caring and ultimately, loving one another.