Contentment Quotes

Most popular contentment quotes

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth and faithfulness the greatest relationship.

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Choose rather to want less, than to have more.
One who is not happy with nothing, will not be happy with anything.


To have more, desire less.


Contentment is natural wealth.
The discontented man finds no easy chair.
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.

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Pleasure and satiety live next door to each other.
Joy and openness come from our own contented heart.
All fortune belongs to him who has a contented mind.
Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content!
Contentment is natural wealth; luxury is artificial poverty.


To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.

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Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.
It is not the man who has too little who is poor, but the one who craves more.


To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.


He who is content with what has been done is an obstacle in the path of progress.
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.

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If thou covetest riches, ask not but for contentment, which is an immense treasure.
If you are foolish enough to be contented, don't show it, but grumble with the rest.
A man is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
When we have provided against cold, hunger and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.


Before strongly desiring anything, we should look carefully into the happiness of its present owner.

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Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.

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It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.


It isn't what a man has that constitutes wealth.  No—it is to be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth.


True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.


One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.


If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough.


Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there's nothing to make it last.
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

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Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Part of the art of living is knowing how to compare yourself with the right people. Dissatisfaction is often the result of unsuitable comparison.

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Fortunate, indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use.

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The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much. He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but he that wants too much.


Men may be divided almost any way we please, but I have found the most useful distinction to be made between those who devote their lives to conjugating the verb "to be," and those who spend their lives conjugating the verb "to have."
The search for contentment is, therefore, not merely a self-preserving and self-benefiting act, but also a generous gift to the world. Clearing out all your misery gets you out of the way. You cease being an obstacle, not only to yourself but to anyone else. Only then are you free to serve and enjoy other people.
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
— Bible

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When we transcend notions of inside and outside, we know that the object we wish to attain is already within us. We don't have to search for it in space or time. It is already available in the present moment. The contemplation on nonattainment is very important. The object we wish to attain is already attained. We don't need to attain anything. We already have it. We already are it.


The Buddha spoke about the practice of samtusta, recognizing that we have enough conditions to be happy right here and right now. We don't need to obtain any more. Samtusta has been translated as realizing that one is satisfied with little. When we go home to the present moment, we view all the conditions of happiness that we have, and we may find that they are more than enough for us to be happy right now. We need to stop running after things, because even if we get the object of our desire, we won't be happy and we'll want to run after another one.