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Contented wi' little, and cantie wi' mair.
      - Robert Burns, Contented wi' Little

I'll be merry and free,
  I'll be sad for nae-body;
    If nae-body cares for me,
      I'll care for nae-body.
      - Robert Burns, Nae-body

I say to thee be thou satisfied. It is recorded of the hares that with a general consent they went to drown themselves out of a feeling of their misery; but when they saw a company of frogs more fearful than they were, they began to take courage and comfort again. Confer thine estate with others.
      - Robert Burton

With more of thanks and less of thought,
  I strive to make my matters meet;
    To seek what ancient sages sought,
      Physic and food in sour and sweet,
        To take what passes in good part,
          And keep the hiccups from the heart.
      - John Byrom, Careless Content

He that troubles not himself with anxious thoughts for more than is necessary, lives little less than the life of angels, whilst by a mind content with little, he imitates their want of nothing.
      - Alexander James Edward Cave

I would do what I pleased, and doing what I pleased, I should have my will, and having my will, I should be contented; and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired; and when there is no more to be desired, there is an end of it.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. IV, ch. XXIII)

Each good mind doubles his own free content,
  When in another's use they give it vent.
      - George Chapman, Sir Giles Goosecap

Content is the best opulence, because it is the pleasantest, and the surest. The richest man is he who does not want what which is wanting to him; the poorest is the miser, who wants that which he has.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

That is true plenty, not to have, but not to want riches.
      - St. John Chrysostom

To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

In a cottage I live, and the cot of content,
  Where a few little rooms for ambition too low,
    Are furnish'd as plain as a patriarch's tent,
      With all for convenience, but nothing for show:
        Like Robinson Crusoe's, both peaceful and pleasant,
          By industry stor'd, like the hive of a bee;
            And the peer who looks down with contempt on a peasant.
              Can ne'er be look'd up to with envy by me.
      - John Collins (1), How to be Happy,
        song in his Scripscrapologia

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

Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.
      - Marquis de Condorcet, Marie Jean Antoine Nicholas de Caritat

We'll therefore relish with content,
  Whate'er kind providence has sent,
    Nor aim beyond our pow'r;
      For, if our stock be very small,
        'Tis prudent to enjoy it all,
          Nor lose the present hour.
      - Nathaniel Cotton, The Fireside (st. 10)

There is some help for all the defects of fortune; for, if a man cannot attain to the length of his wishes, he may have his remedy by cutting of them shorter.
      - Abraham Cowley

Enjoy the present hour, be thankful for the past,
  And neither fear nor wish th' approaches of the last.
      - Abraham Cowley, Imitations--Martial
         (bk. X, ep. XLVII)

Give what thou canst, without Thee we are poor;
  And with Thee rich, take what Thou wilt away.
      - William Cowper, Task--Winter Morning Walk
         (bk. V, last lines)

He, fairly looking into life's account,
  Saw frowns and favours were of like amount;
    And viewing all--his perils, prospects, purse,
      He said, content;--'t is well it no worse.
      - George Crabbe

Content I live, this is my stay; I seek no more than may suffice;
  I press to bear no haughty sway;
    Look, what I lack my mind supplies.
      Lo, thus I triumph like a king,
        Content with that my mind doth bring.
      - Sir Edward Dyer,
        My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is

I press to bear no haughty sway,
  I wish no more than may suffice,
    I do no more than well I may,
      Look, what I lack my mind supplies.
        Lo! thus I triumph like a king,
          My mind's content with anything.
      - Sir Edward Dyer,
        My Mind to me a Kingdom Is

To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much impossible.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

There are two sorts of content; one is connected with exertion, the other with habits of indolence. The first is a virtue; the other, a vice.
      - Maria Edgeworth

If we will take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures. The great gifts are not got by analysis. Everything good is on the highway. The middle region of our being is the temperate zone.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Contentment, as it is a short road and pleasant, has great delight and little trouble.
      - Epictetus

Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.
      - Epictetus


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