An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Fame is a pearl many dive for and only a few bring up. Even when they do, it is not perfect, and they sigh for more, and lose better things in struggling for them.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


I don't want to own anything that won't fit into my coffin.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


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 (1686-1748, British philosopher, writer)


Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do.


Clara Barton (1821-1912, American humanitarian)


Who is content with nothing possesses all things.


Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711, French literary poet, critic)


People are never free of trying to be content.


Murray Bookchin (1941-, American ecologist)


I am content with what I have, be it little, or much.


John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)


If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.


John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)


There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Being "contented" ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Try to be like the turtle -- at ease in your own shell


Bill Copeland


There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.


Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.


Bette Davis (1908-1989, American actress, producer)


Happy the man, and happy he alone He 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, British poet, dramatist, critic)


To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


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, British liberal Prime Minister, statesman)


To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much, impossible.


Marie E. Eschenbach


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


Fred Estabrook


Content is a word unknown to life.  It is also a word unknown to man.


John Fowles (1926-, British novelist)


Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Contentment consists not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


There are two kinds of discontent in this world. The discontent that works, and the discontent that wrings its hands. The first gets what it wants. The second loses what it has. There's no cure for the first but success and there's no cure at all for the second.


Gordon Graham


Contentment is the realization of how much I already have.


Dave Grant


It's a grand thing to be able to take your money in your hand and to think no more of it when it slips away from you than you would a trout that would slip back into the stream.


Augusta Gregory


Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence.


Thomas C. Haliburton (1796-1865, Canadian jurist, author)


If only I may grow firmer, simpler-quieter, warmer.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


If the book is good, is about something that you know, and is truly written, and reading it over you see that this is so, you can let the boys yip and the noise will have that pleasant sound coyotes make on a very cold night when they are out in the snow and you are in your own cabin that you have built or paid for with your work.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can return from the world like a satisfied guest.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


You will live wisely if you are happy in your lot.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


A speech does not need to be eternal to be immortal.


Muriel Humphrey


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


Ko Hung


Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me contentment.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Those who are contented are never poor.


T. C. Lai


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


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


The things people discard tell more about them than the things they keep.


Hilda Lawrence


A man who accustoms himself to buy superfluities is often in want of necessities.


Hannah Farnham Lee


To be content with life -- or to live merrily, rather -- all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


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.


Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)


A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.


John Locke (1632-1704, British philosopher)


The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.


Lucretius (c.95-55 BC, Roman poet and philosopher)


To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


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


James Mackintosh (1765-1832, British author)


To accept what you are is to be content, and contentment is the greatest wealth. To work with patience is to gather power.


Vimala McClure


Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind.


Mohammed (c.570-c.632, Mecca spiritual leader)


One should either be sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers.


Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953, American dramatist)


If thou wouldst be happy... have an indifference for more than what is sufficient.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


If you are content, you have enough to live comfortably.


Titus Maccius Plautus (BC 254-184, Roman comic poet)


If you are content, you have enough to live comfortably.


Titus Maccius Plautus (BC 254-184, Roman comic poet)


Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Contentment is worth more than riches.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


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, British poet)


The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


If thou covetest riches, ask not but for contentment, which is an immense treasure.




My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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 (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


He that is well paid is well satisfied.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Contentment is natural wealth; luxury is artificial poverty.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs!


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 30:8


I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Philippians 4:11


The best thing that can come with success is the knowledge that it is nothing to long for.


Liv Ullmann


A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.


Author Unknown


Be content with what thou hast received, and smooth thy frowning forehead.


Author Unknown


Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.


Author Unknown


The greatest wealth is contentment with a little.


Author Unknown


Three things make us happy and content: the seeing eye, the hearing ear, the responsive heart.


Author Unknown


To the right, books; to the left, a teacup. In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this.


Author Unknown


When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.


Author Unknown


Who lives content with little possesses everything.


Author Unknown


Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants.


Esther De Waal


It is invariable found that a content man is usually a weak one.


John Wagstaff


To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problems of contentment.


George E. Woodberry (1855-1930, American literary critic)


That blessed mood in which the burthen of the mystery, in which the heavy and the weary weight of all this unintelligible world is lightened.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


You can't have everything. Where would you put it?


Steven Wright (1955-, American humorist)


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