Contentment Quotes

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Here’s a few contentment quotes for you.

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

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. -Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. -Frederick Keonig

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

Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power. -Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC3-65AD)

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

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

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels. -Bertolt Brecht

Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desire to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidest. -Francis Quarles (1592-1644)

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

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

Happy the man, and happy he alone who can call today his own He who, secure within, can say “Tomorrow, do thy worst For I have lived today.” -John Dryden (1631-1700)

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything. -Aesop

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. -Lao-Tzu

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

When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. -Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

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

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. -William E. Gladstone (1809-1888)

Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence. -Thomas C. Haliburton

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. -Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

The contented man can be happy with what appears to be useless. -Hung Ko

A man who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do. -Fred Estabrook

Patience is the key to contentment. -Mohammed

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

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

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

To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power. -George MacDonald (1824-1905)

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

One should either be sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers. -Eugene O’Neil  (ouch!)

What do you think of these contentment quotations?  Which ones jump out at you?

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  1. I love these quotes. I’m not quite sure which one I prefer but I do like this one to go on my facebook morning post: “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

  2. These quotes are true to their word. I especially liked : 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

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