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Contentment is better than divinations or visions.
      - Walter Savage Landor

A man who finds no satisfaction in himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Few things are needed to make a wise man happy; nothing can make a fool content; that is why most men are miserable.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Happy the heart to whom God has given enough strength and courage to suffer for Him, to find happiness in simplicity and the happiness of others.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

We cannot be young twice; we cannot turn upon our steps, and go back to gather the garlands we gathered ten years ago. And, therefore, with a gaze over on the cross upon the distant hills, and a remembrance always of the shadow land that lies beyond, let us endeavor to be contented with small things, and to make ourselves happy in the pleasantness of simple pleasures.
      - Holme Lee (pseudonym of Harriet Parr)

I am quite my own master, agreeably lodged, perfectly easy in my circumstances. I am contented with my situation, and happy because I think myself so.
      - Alain Rene Le Sage

Mutual content is like a river, which must have its banks on either side.
      - Alain Rene Le Sage

Contentment travels rarely with fortune, but follows virtue even in misfortune.
      - Marie Leszczynska (a/k/a Maria Karolina Leszczynska) (Leszcsinski)

I do not think that the road to contentment lies in despising what we have not got. Let us acknowledge all good, all delight that the world holds, and be content without it.
      - George MacDonald

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

O calm, hush'd, rich content,
  Is there a being, blessedness, without thee?
    How soft thou down'st the couch where thou dost rest,
      Nectar to life thou sweet ambrosian feast.
      - John Marston

To be contented,--what, indeed, is it? Is it not to be satisfied,--to hope for nothing, to aspire to nothing, to strive for nothing,--in short to rest in inglorious ease, doing nothing for your country, for your own or others' material, intellectual, or moral improvement, satisfied with the condition in which you or they are placed? Such a state of feeling may do very well where nature has fixed an inseparable and ascertained barrier,--a "thus far, shalt thou go and no farther,"--to our wishes, or where we are troubled by ills past remedy. In such cases it is the highest philosophy not to fret or grumble, when, by all our worrying and self-teasing, we cannot help ourselves a jot or tittle, but only aggravate and intensify an affliction that is incurable. To soothe the mind down into patience is then the only resource left us, and happy is he who has schooled himself thus to meet all reverses and disappointments. But in the ordinary circumstances of life this boasted virtue of contentment, so far from being laudable, would be an evil of the first magnitude. It world be, in fact, nothing less than a trigging of the wheels of all enterprise,--a cry of "Stand still!" to the progress of the whole social world.
      - William Matthews

With the civilized man contentment is a myth. From the cradle to the grave he is forever longing and striving after something better, an indefinable something, some new object yet unattained.
      - William Matthews

Seeming contentment is real discontent, combined with indolence or self-indulgence, which, while taking no legitimate means of raising itself, delights in bringing others down to its own level.
      - John Stuart Mill

So well to know
  Her own, that what she wills to do or say
    Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 548)

Every one is well or ill at ease, according as he finds himself! not he whom the world believes, but he who believes himself to be so, is content; and in him alone belief gives itself being and reality.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

No eye to watch, and no tongue to wound us,
  And earth forgot, and all heaven around us!
      - Thomas Moore, Come O'er the Sea

If two angels were sent down from heaven,--one to conduct an empire, and the other to sweep a street,--they would feel no inclination to change employments.
      - John Newton (1)

May you live unenvied, and pass many pleasant years unknown to fame; and also have congenial friends.
  [Lat., Vive sine invidia, mollesque inglorius annos
    Exige; amicitias et tibi junge pares.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (III, 4, 43)

Contentment with to-day's lot makes candidacy for a better lot to-morrow.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

I have often said that all the unhappiness of men comes from not knowing how to remain quiet m a chamber.
      - Blaise Pascal

Happy the life, that in a peaceful stream,
  Obscure, unnoticed through the vale has flow'd;
    The heart that ne'er was charm'd by fortune's gleam
      Is ever sweet contentment's blest abode.
      - James Gates Percival

The eagle nestles near the sun;
  The dove's low nest for me!--
    The eagle's on the crag; sweet one,
      The dove's in our green tree!
        For hearts that beat like thine and mine
          Heaven blesses humble earth;--
            The angels of our Heaven shall shine
              The angels of our Heart!
      - John James Piatt, A Song of Content

If you are content, you have enough to live comfortably.
  [Lat., Si animus est aequus tibi satis habes, qui bene vitam colas.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Aulularia
         (II, 2, 10)

Keep what you have got; the known evil is best.
  [Lat., Habeas ut nactus; nota mala res optima est.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (I, 2, 25)


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