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Contentment gives a crown where fortune hath denied it.
      - Henry Ford

Contentment consisteth not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

What happiness the rural maid attends,
  In cheerful labour while each day she spends!
    She gratefully receives what Heav'n has sent,
      And, rich in poverty, enjoys content.
      - John Gay, Rural Sports (canto II, l. 148)

Their wants but few, their wishes all confin'd.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 210)

Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails,
  And honour sinks where commerce long prevails.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 91)

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 in what is Thy will.
      - Gotthold (pseudonym of Christian Scriver)

Happy the man, of mortals happiest he,
  Whose quiet mind from vain desires is free;
    Whom neither hopes deceive, nor fears torment,
      But lives at peace, within himself content;
        In thought, or act, accountable to none
          But to himself, and to the gods alone.
      - George Granville, Lord Landsdowne,
        Epistle to Mrs. Higgons (l. 79)

A mind content both crown and kingdom is.
      - Robert Greene

Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content;
  The quiet mind is richer than a crown;
    Sweet are the nights in careless slumber spent;
      The poor estate scorns fortune's angry frown:
        Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,
          Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.
      - Robert Greene, Song--Farewell to Folly

Without content, we shall find it almost as difficult to please others as ourselves.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Content is to the mind like moss to a tree; it bindeth it up so as to stop its growth.
      - Charles Montagu Halifax, Lord Halifax

Learn this of me, where'er thy lot doth fall,
  Short lot, or not, to be content with all.
      - Robert Herrick

Let's live with that small pittance which we have;
  Who covets more is evermore a slave.
      - Robert Herrick, The Covetous Still Captive

All things on earth thus change, some up, some down;
  Content's a kingdom, and I wear that crown.
      - John Heywood

When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are.
      - Richard Hooker

"What you demand is here, or at Ulubrae." You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man; a contented mind confers it on all.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

The more a man denies himself, the more he shall receive from heaven. Naked, I seek the camp of those who covet nothing.
  [Lat., Quanto quisque sibi plura negaverit,
    A dis plura feret. Nil cupientium
      Nudus castra peto.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 16, 21)

Those who want much, are always much in need; happy the man to whom God gives with a sparing hand what is sufficient for his wants.
  [Lat., Multa petentibus
    Desunt multa; bene est cui deus obtulit
      Parca quod satis est manu.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 16, 42)

Let me posses what I now have, or even less, so that I may enjoy my remaining days, if Heaven grant any to remain.
  [Lat., Sit mihi quod nunc est, etiam minus et mihi vivam
    Quod superest aevi--si quid superesse volunt di.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 18, 107)

Let him who has enough ask for nothing more.
  [Lat., Quod satis est cui contigit, nihil amplius optet.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 2, 46)

Let me have a three-legged table, a dish of salt, and a cloak which, althou' coarse, will keep off the cold.
  [Lat., Sit mihi mensa tripes et
    Coucha salis puri et toga quae defendere frigus
      Quamvis crassa queat.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 3, 13)

Yes! in the poor man's garden grow,
  Far more than herbs and flowers,
    Kind thoughts, contentment, peace of mind,
      And joy for weary hours.
      - Mary Howitt, The Poor Man's Garden

Contentment furnishes constant joy. Much covetousness, constant grief. To the contented even poverty is joy. To the discontented, even wealth is a vexation.
      - Ming Lum Paou Keen, In Chinese Repository,
        (translated by Dr. Milne)

We shall be made truly wise if we be made content; content, too, not only with what we can understand, but content with what we do not understand,--the habit of mind which theologians call, and rightly, faith its God.
      - Charles Kingsley

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