Who is content with nothing possesses all things.
Contentment is not happiness. An oyster may be contented.
One who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do. He has lain down to die, and the grass is already over him.
To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, […]
True contentment is a real, even an active, virtue – not only affirmative but creative. It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it.
Agur said, “Give me neither poverty nor riches”; and this will ever be the prayer of the wise. Our incomes should be like our shoes: if too small, they will gall and pinch us, but if too large, they will cause us to stumble and to trip. But wealth, after all, is a relative thing, […]
He has the most who is most content with the least.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Content is the philosopher’s stone, that turns all it touches into gold.