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I never complained of my condition but once, said an old man - when my feet were bare, and I had no money to buy shoes; but I met a man without feet, and became contented.

If we fasten our attention on what we have, rather than on what we lack, a very little wealth is sufficient.

If you are but content you have enough to live upon with comfort.

It is a great blessing to possess what one wishes, said one to an ancient phi­losopher. - It is a greater still, was the reply, not to desire what one does not possess.

It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. - He is born to hopes and aspirations as the sparks fly upward, unless he has brutified his nature and quenched the spirit of immortality which is his portion.

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

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.

My God, give me neither poverty nor riches, but whatsoever it may be thy will to give, give me, with it, a heart that knows humbly to acquiesce in what is thy will.

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 growing over him.

Resign every forbidden joy; restrain every wish that is not referred to God's will; banish all eager desires, all anxiety; desire only the will of God; seek him alone and supremely, and you will find peace.

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

Submission is the only reasoning between a creature and its maker and contentment in his will is the best remedy we can apply to misfortunes.

That happy state of mind, so rarely possessed, in which we can say, "I have enough," is the highest attainment of philosophy. Happiness consists, not in possessing much, but in being content with what we possess. He who wants little always has enough.

The contented man is never poor; the discontented never rich.

The fountain of content must spring up in the mind; and he who has so little knowledge of human nature as to see happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the griefs which he proposes to remove.

The noblest mind the best contentent has.

There is a sense in which a man looking at the present in the light of the future, and taking his whole being into account, may be contented with his lot: that is Christian contentment. - But if a man has come to that point where he is so content that he says, "I do not want to know any more, or do any more, or be any more," he is in a state in which he ought to be changed into a mummy! - Of all hideous things a mummy is the most hideous; and of mummies, the most hideous are those that are running about the streets and talking.

They that deserve nothing should be content with anything. Bless God for what you have, and trust God for what you want. If we cannot bring our condition to our mind, we must bring our mind to our condition; if a man is not content in the state he is in, he will not be content in the state he would be in.

To be content with even the best people, we must be contented with little and bear a great deal. Those who are most perfect have many imperfections, and we have great faults; between the two, mutual toleration becomes very difficult.

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


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