Content Quotes

In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

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

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough […]

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

Seek among men, from beggar to millionaire, one who is contented with his lot, and you will not find one such in a thousand… Today we must buy an overcoat and galoshes, tomorrow a watch and a chain; the next day we must install ourselves in an apartment with a sofa and a bronze lamp; […]

Content so often follows form. It’s not just that we’re nice to the people we like. . . we like the people we’re nice to.

Be content to seem what you really are.

Probably there is nothing in the world so suggestive of serene contentment and perfect bliss as the spectacle of a calf chewing a dishrag, but the nearest approach to it is your reedy tenor, standing apart, in sickly attitude, with head thrown back and eyes uplifted to the moon, piping his distressing solo.

Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence.