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Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

Mark Twain

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.


Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.


A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.


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


It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.

Dale Carnegie

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

Martha Washington

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

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

Lao Tzu

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

Steven Wright

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


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

William Ewart Gladstone

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

Lao Tzu

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

We need much less than we think we need.

Maya Angelou

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

Joseph Addison

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


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

Charles Lamb

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


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

Bill Copeland

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


For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. St. Paul In Philippians 4:11


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


If you are content, you have enough to live comfortably.


One should either be sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers.

Eugene O'Neill

Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.

Benjamin Franklin

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 Yutang

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

George Macdonald

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


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.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder

A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.

Frances Burney

He that is well paid is well satisfied.

William Shakespeare

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

Lord Byron

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.

James K. Polk

True humility is contentment.

Henri Frederic Amiel

We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.

Bern Williams

Happiness, contentment, the health and growth of the soul, depend, as men have proved over and over again, upon some simple issue, some single turning of the soul.

George A. Smith

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

Thomas Fuller

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

Salvador Dali

One often learns more from ten days of agony than ten years of contentment.

Merle Shain

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

James Mackintosh

Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence.

Thomas C. Haliburton

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

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

John Fowles

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.

G. K. Chesterton

I don't want to own anything that won't fit into my coffin.

Fred A. Allen

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

Whatever we are waiting for - peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance - it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

I don't look for bliss, just contentment.

Alison Krauss

Alas! if the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness.

Laurence Sterne

This happiness consisted of nothing else but the harmony of the few things around me with my own existence, a feeling of contentment and well-being that needed no changes and no intensification.

Herman Hesse

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

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

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.

G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment.

Mahatma Gandhi

The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.

Doug Larson

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

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

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.


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

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

Fred Estabrook

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

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

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.

G. K. Chesterton

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.


Yet better for one of my nature to have it that way than to have life a peaceful, placid flow of quiet contentment. I must have days of rushing excitement.

Dawn Powell

I am sensible of the velocity of the moments, and entering that part of my head alert to the motion of the world I am aware that life was never perfect, never absolute. This bestows contentment, even a fearlessness.

Harold Brodkey

There is greatness in the fear of God, contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility.

Abu Bakr

Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.

Pearl S. Buck

I should be content to look at a mountain for what it is and not as a comment on my life.

David Ignatow

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

From labour health, from health contentment spring; contentment opes the source of every joy.

James Beattie

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

Hung Ko

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

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

People are never free of trying to be content.

Murray Bookchin

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

John Wagstaff

In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection of all love towards our neighbor.

William James

The apex of my civic pride and personal contentment was reached on the bright September morning when I entered the public school.

Mary Antin

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