National Simplicity Day is marked annually on July 12 to honor and commemorate the life and work of American philosopher and writer Henry David Thoreau.

This day focuses on embracing the simple things in life while staying away from unnecessary stress.

Thoreau, who was born on July 12, 1817, is best known for his book "Walden" that reflects simple living in natural surroundings. To mark this day, disconnect yourself from technology such as mobile phones, laptops and other modern day gadgets, and experience the simple things and small joys of life.

Here are some inspirational quotes by Thoreau, collected from Brainy Quote, to share with everyone on this day:

1. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to face only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

2. “It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.”

3. “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

4. “There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.”

5. “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness.”

6. “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however, measured or far away.”

7. “Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it right will rather preserve its life than destroy it.”

8. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me the truth.”

9. “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

10. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”

Many people practice meditation and mindfulness for its supposed many benefits.