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





He that is discontented in one place will seldom be content in another.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Discontent is the first necessity of progress.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Discontent is want of self-reliance; it is infirmity of will.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make trouble -- some changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.


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


Let thy discontents be thy secrets.


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


The discontented man finds no easy chair.


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


The essence of man is, discontent, divine discontent; a sort of love without a beloved, the ache we feel in a member we no longer have.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


Discontent is something that follows ambition like a shadow.


Henry H. Haskins


Who with a little cannot be content, endures an everlasting punishment.


Robert Herrick (1591-1674, British poet)


Discontent is the first step in progress. No one knows what is in him till he tries, and many would never try if they were not forced to.


Basil W. Maturin


Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress.


David Rockefeller (1915-, American businessman, financier)


That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others.


James Thomson (1700-1748, Scottish poet)


Man hath still either toys or care: But hath no root, nor to one place is tied, but ever restless and irregular, about this earth doth run and ride. He knows he hath a home, but scarce knows where; He says it is so far, that he has quite forgot how to go there


Henry Vaughan (1622-1695, Welsh poet)


Discontent and disorder were signs of energy and hope, not of despair.


C.V. Wedgwood


Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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