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Not on the outer world
  For inward joy depend;
    Enjoy the luxury of thought,
      Make thine own self friend;
        Not with the restless throng,
          In search of solace roam
            But with an independent zeal
              Be intimate at home.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney, Know Thyself

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

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

He is the richest who is content with the least.
      - Socrates

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
      - Socrates

It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations, as the sparks fly upward, he has brutified his nature, and quenched the spirit of immortality, which is his portion.
      - Robert Southey

The noblest mind the best contentment has.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. I, canto I, st. 35)

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

For no chance is evil to him who is content, and to a man nothing is miserable unless it is unreasonable. No man can make another man to be his slave unless he hath first enslaved himself to life and death. No pleasure or pain, to hope or fear; command these passions, and you are freer than the Parthian kings.
      - Jeremy Taylor

If men knew what felicity dwells in the cottage of a godly man, how sound he sleeps, how quiet his rest, how composed his mind, how free from care, how easy his position, how moist his mouth, how joyful is heart, they would never admire the noises, the diseases, the throngs of passions, and the violence of unnatural appetites that fill the house of the luxurious and the heart of the ambitious.
      - Jeremy Taylor

It conduces much to our content if we pass by those things which happen to our trouble, and consider that which is pleasing and prosperous; that by the representation of the better the worse may be blotted out.
      - Jeremy Taylor

To secure a contented spirit, measure your desires by your fortune, and not your fortune by your desires.
      - Jeremy Taylor

The great quality of Dulness is to be unalterably contented with itself.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Dear little head, that lies in calm content
  Within the gracious hollow that God made
    In every human shoulder, where He meant
      Some tired head for comfort should be laid.
      - Celia Leighton Thaxter, Song

An elegant Sufficiency, Content,
  Retirement, rural Quiet, Friendship, Books,
    Ease and alternate Labor, useful Life,
      Progressive Virtue, and approving Heaven!
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring
         (l. 1,159)

The point of aim for our vigilance to hold in view is to dwell upon the brightest parts in every prospect, to call off the thoughts when running upon disagreeable objects, and strive to be pleased with the present circumstances surrounding us.
      - Abraham Tucker

None is poor but the mean in mind, the timorous, the weak, and unbelieving; none is wealthy but the affluent in soul, who is satisfied and floweth over.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Take the good with the evil, for ye all are the pensioners of God, and none may choose or refuse the cup His wisdom mixeth.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

We can console ourselves for not having great talents as we console ourselves for not having great places. We can be above both in our hearts.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

Be happy ye, whose fortunes are already completed.
  [Lat., Vivite felices, quibus est fortuna peracta
    Jam sua.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (III, 493)

This is the charm, by sages often told,
  Converting all it touches into gold:
    Content can soothe, where'er by fortune placed,
      Can rear a garden in the desert waste.
      - Henry Kirke White, Clifton Grove (l. 130)

The harvest song of inward peace.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

There is a jewel which no Indian mines can buy,
  No chymic art can counterfeit;
    It makes men rich in greatest poverty,
      Makes water wine; turns wooden cups to gold;
        The homely whistle to sweet music's strain,
          Seldom it comes;--to few from Heaven sent,
            That much in little, all in naught, Content.
      - John Wilbye, Madrigales--There Is a Jewel

Content dwells with him, for his mind is fed,
  And temperance has driven out unrest.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

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


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