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Contentment Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Contentment.

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Related topics: Values Life Human-Nature Psychology Simplicity

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

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

Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship.
- The Buddha

 

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

Beyond mind, there is an awareness that is intrinsic,
that is not given to you by the outside, and is not an idea -
and there is no experiment up to now
that has found any center in the brain
which corresponds to awareness.
The whole work of meditation is
to make you aware of all that is "mind"
and disidentify yourself from it.
That very separation is the
greatest revolution that can happen to man.
Now you can do and act on only that
which makes you more joyous, fulfills you,
gives you contentment, makes your life a work of art, a beauty.
But this is possible only if the master in you is awake.
- Osho

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders,
and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
- James K. Polk

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A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition;
to curb that,
is the first step to contentment, since to diminish
expectation is to increase enjoyment.
- Frances Burney

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

One should either be sad or joyful.
Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers.
- Eugene O'Neill

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

In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection
of all love towards our neighbor.
- William Ames

There is greatness in the fear of God,
contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility.
- Abu Bakr

Happiness, contentment, the health and growth of the soul,
depend, as men have proved over and over again,
upon some simple issue, some single turning of the soul.
- George A. Smith

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

If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very,
very cheap source of happiness.
- Leon Kass

The apex of my civic pride and personal contentment
was reached on the bright September morning when I
entered the public school.
- Mary Antin

We may pass violets looking for roses.
We may pass contentment looking for victory.
- Bern Williams

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

From labour health, from health contentment spring;
contentment opes the source of every joy.
- James Beattie

Yet better for one of my nature to have it that way
than to have life a peaceful,
placid flow of quiet contentment.
I must have days of rushing excitement.
- Dawn Powell

Contentment consist not in adding more fuel,
but in taking away some fire.
- Thomas Fuller

As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it.
I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not
to be the immediate parent.
- Anthony Trollope

True contentment comes with empathy.
- Tim Finn

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture.
It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.
It is arduous and it is rare.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

One often learns more from ten days of agony than from
ten years of contentment.
- Harold Coffin

Alas!
if the principles of contentment are not within us,
the height of station and worldly grandeur will as
soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness.
- Laurence Sterne

True humility is contentment.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind,
and there is no happiness equal to contentment;
there is no disease like covetousness,
and no virtue like mercy.
- Chanakya

This happiness consisted of nothing else but the harmony
of the few things around me with my own existence,
a feeling of contentment and well-being that needed
no changes and no intensification.
- Herman Hesse

Whatever we are waiting for - peace of mind,
contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance -
it will surely come to us,
but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

I am sensible of the velocity of the moments,
and entering that part of my head alert to the motion
of the world I am aware that life was never perfect,
never absolute.
This bestows contentment, even a fearlessness.
- Harold Brodkey

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body.
It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression.
It is a business asset.
It attracts and keeps friends.
It lightens human burdens.
It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.
- Grenville Kleiser

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

For man with no forgiveness in heart,
life worse punishment than death.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

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

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

Each man is the architect of his own fate.
- Appius Claudius

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

There are other measures of self-respect for a man,
than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only
by the man who is as well organized
in his individuality as the mass itself.
- Carl Jung


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