Contentment Quotes

Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied. - Plutarch

 

What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others. - French Proverb

 

Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get. - Spanish Proverb

 

Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power. - Seneca

 

He that is well paid is well satisfied. - William Shakespeare

 

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. - Socrates

 

To the right, books; to the left, a tea-cup. In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this. - Teiga

 

You can't have everything. Where would you put it? - Steven Wright

 

Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase. - John Balguy

 

If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot. - John Bunyan

 

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion. - Lord Byron

 

Being "contented" ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position. - Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

Try to be like the turtle -- at ease in your own shell - Bill Copeland

 

Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. - John Dryden

 

A man who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do. - Fred Estabrook

 

Content is a word unknown to life; it is also a word unknown to man. - John Fowles

 

Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor. - Benjamin Franklin

 

Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem. - Kahlil Gibran

 

There are two kinds of discontent in this world. The discontent that works, and the discontent that wrings its hands. The first gets what it wants. The second loses what it has. There's no cure for the first, but success and there's no cure at all for the second. - Gordon Graham

 

The contented man can be happy with what appears to be useless. - Hung Ko

 

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else. - John Locke

 

It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are. - James Mackintosh

 

To accept what you are is to be content, and contentment is the greatest wealth. To work with patience is to gather power. - Vimalia Mcclure

 

If you are content, you have enough to live comfortably. - Titus Maccius Plautus

 

We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory. - Bern Williams

 

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. - Lao Tzu [Lao Tse, Laozi]

 

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. - Socrates

 

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander. - Charles Caleb Colton

 

Contentment preserves one even from catching cold. Has a woman who knew that she was well-dressed ever caught cold? No, not even when she had scarcely a rag to her back. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

 

Happiness and contentment in life reside less in the transient mansions, spa's and international playgrounds of the rich, but more in the permanent residence of the heart and mind. - Joseph P. Martino

 

Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence. - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

 

Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire. - Thomas Fuller

 

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. - Buddha

 

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. - Joseph Addison

 

You can't have everything. Where would you put it? - Steven Wright

 

I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. [Philippians 4:11] - Bible

 

If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot. - John Bunyan

 

There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion. - Lord Byron

 

Being ''contented'' ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position. - Gilbert K Chesterton

 

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare. - Gilbert K Chesterton

 

That blessed mood in which the burthen of the mystery, in which the heavy and the weary weight of all this unintelligible world is lightened. - William Wordsworth

 

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. - Salvador Dali

 

Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. - John Dryden

 

To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own. - Tryon Edwards

 

I don't want to own anything that won't fit into my coffin. - Fred A Allen

 

There are two kinds of discontent in this world. The discontent that works, and the discontent that wrings its hands. The first gets what it wants. The second loses what it has. There's no cure for the first, but success and there's no cure at all for the second. - Gordon Graham

 

Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence. - Thomas C Haliburton

 

If the book is good, is about something that you know, and is truly written, and reading it over you see that this is so, you can let the boys yip and the noise will have that pleasant sound coyotes make on a very cold night when they are out in the snow and you are in your own cabin that you have built or paid for with your work. - Ernest Hemingway

 

When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld

 

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. - Lin Yü tang

 

Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content. - Louis L'Amour

 

To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problems of contentment. - George E Woodberry

 

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness. - William E Gladstone

 

Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power. - Seneca

 

To be content with life -- or to live merrily, rather --all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow. - Georg C Lichtenberg

 

Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desire to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidest. - Francis Quarles

 

He that is well paid is well satisfied. - William Shakespeare

 

My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy. - William Shakespeare

 

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. - Socrates

 

He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature. - Socrates

 

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have. - unknown

 

When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment. - unknown

 

It is invariable found that a content man is usually a weak one. - John Wagstaff

 

The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith. - Bertrand Russell

 

The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied. - Lucretius

 

To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power. - George Macdonald

 

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more. - Charles Lamb

 

Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem. - Khalil Gibran

 

Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind. - Mohammed

 

One should either be sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers. - Eugene O'Neill

 

If you are content, you have enough to live comfortably. - Titus Maccius Plautus

 

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else. - John Locke

 
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