The wise man contents himself with what he has, until such time as he invents something better.
JOSÉ SARAMAGO, Baltasar and Blimunda
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, Lacon
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.
ANN BRASHARES, Forever in Blue
- I exist as I am, that is enough,
- If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
- And if each and all be aware I sit content.
WALT WHITMAN, Song of Myself
The trick of being contented is to buy one model and never read the ads about the others.
Contentment is not being full to the brim; contentment is acknowledging what you lack and being okay with dancing without it. Contentment is being so absorbed in dancing for God and trusting Him so fully that you realize you have everything you need for this leg of the dance.
SHANNON KUBIAK PRIMICERIO, The Divine Dance
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
Contentment is not resignation. A contented person is not a defeated person. True contentment never asks, "Why bother? What is the point?" Neither does true contentment equal an excuse for inaction.... Contentment doesn't wring its hands; it wrings every bit of good out of every situation.
MARCIA FORD, Essentials for Life
Contentment is not escape from the battle, but rather an abiding peace and confidence in the midst of the battle.
WARREN W. WIERSBE, The Bible Exposition Commentary
Most of us won't be contented with our lot until it's a lot more.
ANONYMOUS, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Contentment is accepting what God has given us, and, by His strength, making the most of it.
C. J. JACKSON, The Bread Crumbs
Contentment is one of the greatest gifts or blessings that can be bestowed upon us, if you are contented, there are no likes or dislikes. There is nothing to get or gain and there is nothing to lose. With contentment we experience supreme joy; we no longer have to look outside ourselves for happiness. Contentment is greater than happiness as there is no opposite waiting around the corner. Contentment makes our life simple. Contentment is accepting what is.
SUMUKHI FINNEY, The Yoga Handbook
True contentment is not passive satisfaction: it is understanding why there is nothing further to be desired.
Contentment is never the outcome of fulfillment, of achievement, or of the possession of things; it is not born of action or inaction. It comes with the fullness of what is, not in the alteration of it.
JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Commentaries on Living 2
If you're an average person trying to get ahead in the world, contentment is probably the last thing you're striving for, yet there's a good chance that you long for it. Why? Because at its core, contentment is peace of mind. Contentment is happiness. The person who is content has little or no stress. Yet we forge ahead like a soldier going into battle. We dive headlong into society's raging river and get caught up in a cycle of overspending, overcommitting, and overworking. And all for what? Happiness. Peace of mind. Satisfaction. But we're only kidding ourselves. Striving, consuming, and accumulating will never bring happiness. What they bring is anxiety, worry, unhappiness, and--in the long run--ineffectiveness.
BRUCE BICKEL & STAN JANTZ, The Best of God Is in the Small Stuff
Contentment empties the heart of all superfluous carriage, thus leaving it entirely for Allah.
AAIDH IBN ABDULLAH AL-QARNI, Don't Be Sad
Contentment is not about getting what you want. Contentment is about wanting what you've got.
KEN CLARK, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Out of Debt
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
SOCRATES, Essential Thinkers
Contentment is the smother of invention.
ANONYMOUS, The Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom
At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.
ELIZABETH GILBERT, Eat, Pray, Love
Contentment is both the fruit and the tree.
DAVE RAMSEY, More than Enough