This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

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“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Friday, December 12, 2008

Contentment Quotes

1. Riches are not from an abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind. - Mohammed

2. He is well paid that is well satisfied. - Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

3. Think contentment the greatest wealth. - George Shelley

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

5. A spiritual secret is to learn contentment with the things God doesn't explain to us. - Amy Carmichael

6. Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have. - Doris Mortman

7. Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase. - John Balguy

8. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. - Epicurus

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

10. Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. - Lao Tzu

11. There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment. - Swami Sivananda

12. We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory. - Unknown

13. 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 Yo-t’ang

14. Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor. - Benjamin Franklin

15. Patience is the key to contentment. - Mohammed

16. It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are. - James Mackintosh

17. It is not our circumstances that create our discontent or contentment. It is us. - Vivian Greene

18. What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others. - French Proverb

19. My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more. - Charles Lamb

An old farm-house with meadows wide
And sweet with clover on each side;
A bright-eyed boy, who looks from out
The door with woodbine wreathed about,
And wishes this one thought all day:
“Oh, if I could but fly away
From this dull spot, the world to see,
How happy, happy, happy,
How happy I should be!”

Amid the city’s constant din
A man who round the world has been,
Who, ‘mid the tumult and the throng,
Is thinking, thinking, all day long:
“Oh, could I only tread once more
The field-path to the farm-house door.
The old green meadow could I see,
How happy, happy, happy,
How happy I should be!"

- Annie Douglas Robinson

21. He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. - Epictetus

22. It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations. - Robert Southey

23. It is right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are. – Mackintosh

24. Be thine own palace or the world's thy jail. - John Donne

25. Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. -Robert Brault

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