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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

Whate'er the passion, knowledge, fame, or pelf,
  Not one will change his neighbor with himself.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 261)

It is not by change of circumstances, but by fitting our spirits to the circumstances in which God has placed us, that we can be reconciled to life and duty.
      - Frederick William Robertson

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.
      - Eleanor Roosevelt

O Contentment, make me rich! for without thee there is no wealth.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

My God, give me neither poverty nor riches; but whatsoever it may be Thy will to give, give me with it a heart which knows humbly to acquiesce is what is Thy will.
      - Christian Scriver (used pseudonym Gotthold)

I earn that I eat, get that I wear; owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness; glad of other men's good, content with my harm.
      - William Shakespeare

I swear, 't is better to be lowly born,
  And range with humble livers in content,
    Than to be perk'd up in a glistering grief,
      And wear a golden sorrow.
      - William Shakespeare

Naught is had, all is spent, where our desire is got without content.
      - William Shakespeare

Sir, I am a true laborer; I earn that I eat, get that I wear, no man hate, envy no man's happiness, glad of other men's good, with my harm; and the greatest of my pride is to see my ewes graze and my lambs suck.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Corin at III, ii)

For mine own part, I could be well content
  To entertain the lag-end of my life
    With quiet hours, for I do protest
      I have not sought the day of this dislike.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Worcester at V, i)

And to conclude, the shepherd's homely curds,
  His cold thin drink out of his leather bottle,
    His wonted sleep under a fresh tree's shade,
      All which secure and sweetly he enjoys,
        Is far beyond a prince's delicates,
          His viands sparkling in a golden cup,
            His body couched in a curious bed,
              When care, mistrust, and treason waits on him.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at II, v)

My crown is in my heart, not on my head;
  Not 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,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at III, i)

Why, I can smile, and murder whiles I smile,
  And cry 'Content!' to that which grieves my heart,
    And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
      And frame my face to all occasions.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Richard, Duke of Gloucester at III, ii)

This diamond he greets your wife withal
  By the name of most kind hostess, and shut up
    In measureless content.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Banquo at II, i)

If it were now to die,
  'Twere now to be most happy; for I fear
    My soul hath her content so absolute
      That not another comfort like to this
        Succeeds in unknown fate.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Othello at II, i)

No, 'tis not so deep as a well. nor so wide as a church door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Mercutio at III, i)

He that commends me to mine own content,
  Commends me to the thing I cannot get.
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Antipholus of Syracuse at I, ii)

Our content
  Is our best having.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Old Lady at II, ii)

Verily
  I swear 'tis better to be lowly born
    And range with humble livers in content
      Than to be perked up in a glist'ring grief
        And wear a golden sorrow.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Anne Bullen at II, iii)

The chief secret of comfort lies in not suffering trifles to vex us, and in prudently cultivating our undergrowth of small pleasures, since very few great ones, alas! are let on long leases.
      - Richard Sharp ("Conversation Sharp"),
        Letters and Essays in Prose and Verse
         (p. 67)

Show me a thoroughly contented person, and I will show you a useless one.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

May I always have a heart superior, with economy suitable, to my fortune.
      - William Shenstone

The highest point outward things can bring unto, is the contentment of the mind; with which no estate can be poor, without which all estates will be miserable.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Think'st thou the man whose mansions hold
  The wordling's pomp and miser's gold,
    Obtains a richer prize
      Than he who, in his cot at rest,
        Finds heavenly peace a willing guest,
          And bears this promise in his breast
            Of treasure in the skies?
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney


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