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Contentment is a feeling you say? Are you sure it's not an absence of feeling? I liken it to that particular numbness one gets after a visit to the dentist. Not in pain nor out of it, slightly drugged. Contentment is the positive side of resignation.

JEANETTE WINTERSON, Written on the Body

I flush with heaving passion's strange delight,
Yet find contentment lost in appetite.

EDWIN LEIBFREED, "The Quest for God"

The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.

DOUG LARSON, attributed, Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men

The utmost we can hope for in this world is Contentment; if we aim at anything higher, we shall meet with nothing but grief and disappointment.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

What I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.

HERMANN HESSE, Steppenwolf

Adversity is the only tutor of contentment. No man, unless his mouth has been embittered with gall, can taste the true savour of honey.

ANTHONY LISLE, The Westminster Review, Jan. 1914

We find that the more a cultivated reason devotes itself to the aim of enjoying life and happiness, the further does man get away from true contentment.

IMMANUEL KANT, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals

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.


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.


The greatest wealth is to live content with little.

PLATO, The Republic

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.


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.


Contentment is both the fruit and the tree.

DAVE RAMSEY, More than Enough

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