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Happy am I; from care I'm free!
  Why aren't they all contented like me?
      - Unattributed Author, Opera of La Bayadere

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world; and if in the present life his happiness arises from the subduing of his desires, it will arise in the next from the gratification of them.
      - Joseph Addison

Contentment produces, in some measure, all those effects which the alchemist usually ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's stone; and if it does not bring riches, it does the same thing by banishing the desire for them.
      - Joseph Addison

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.
      - Aesop

What is the highest secret of victory and peace? To will what God wills, and strike a league with destiny.
      - William R. Alger

Ten poor men sleep in peace on one straw heap, as Saadi sings,
  But the immensest empire is too narrow for two kings.
      - William R. Alger,
        Oriental Poetry--Elbow Room

A contented heart is an even sea in the midst of all storms.
      - Anonymous

The chief secret of comfort lies in not suffering trifles to vex us, and in prudently cultivating an undergrowth of small pleasures, since very few great ones are let on long leases.
      - James H. Aughey

Contentment is not satisfaction. It is the grateful, faithful, fruitful use of what we have, little, or much. It is to take the cup of Providence, and call upon the name of the Lord. What the cup contains is its contents. To get all there is in the cup is the act and art of contentment. Not to drink because one has but half a cup, or because one does not like its flavor, or because some one else has silver to one's own glass, is to lose the contents; and that is the penalty, if not the meaning of discontent. No one is discontented who employs and enjoys to the utmost what he has. It is high philosophy to say, we can have just what we like, if we like what we have; but this much at least can be done, and this is contentment,--to have the most and best in life, by making the most and best of what we have.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Contentment is a pearl of great price and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wine and a happy purchase.
      - John Balguy

If we are at peace with God and our own conscience, what enemy among men need we fear?
      - Hosea Ballou

Unless we find repose within ourselves, it is vain to seek it elsewhere.
      - Hosea Ballou

Ah, sweet Content, where doth thine harbour hold?
      - Barnabe Barnes,
        Parthenophil and Parthenophe

Contentment opes the source of every joy.
      - James Beattie

From labour health, from health contentment spring;
  Contentment opes the source of every joy.
      - James Beattie, The Minstrel
         (bk. I, st. 13)

The rarest feeling that ever lights a human face is the contentment of a loving soul.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

We only see in a lifetime a dozen faces marked with the peace of a contented spirit.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

In Paris a queer little man you may see,
  A little man all in gray;
    Rosy and round as an apple is he,
      Content with the present whate'er it may be,
        While from care and from cash he is equally free,
          And merry both night and day!
            "Ma foi! I laugh at the world," says he,
              "I laugh at the world, and the world laughs at me!"
                What a gay little man in gray.
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger,
        The Little Man all in Gray,
        (translation by Amelia B. Edwards)

Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XVII, v. 4)

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
      - Bible, Philippians (ch. IV, v. 11)

There was a jolly miller once,
  Lived on the River Dee;
    He worked and sang, from morn to night;
      No lark so blithe as he.
        And this the burden of his song,
          Forever used to be,--
            "I care for nobody, not I,
              If no one cares for me."
      - Isaac Bickerstaffe (Bickerstaff),
        Love in a Village (act I, sc. 5)

Contentment is not happiness. An oyster may be contented. Happiness is compounded of richer elements.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

One who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do. He has lain down to die. The grass is already growing over him.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

A sense of contentment makes us kindly and benevolent to others; we are not chafed and galled by cares which are tyrannical because original. We are fulfilling our proper destiny, and those around us feel the sunshine of our own hearts.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Some things are of that nature as to make
  One's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache.
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress
         (pt. II, l. 126),
        The Author's Way of Sending Forth his Second Part of the Pilgrim

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