Contentment

Contentment is hoping for the best and making the best of what you get.

The secret of contentment is to know how to enjoy what you have.

Most of us are not content with our lot until it is a lot more.

Who is wise? The man who can learn something from every man.
Who is strong? The man who is content with his fate.

Whom do men honor? The man who honors his fellow men. — Saying of the Fathers (Hebrew)

Comparison kills contentment. — Ray Cross

Contentment is being grateful for what we do have rather than being ungrateful for what we don’t have. — Ray Cross

When we have provided against cold, hunger and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess. — Seneca

A contented mind is a continual feast.

Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress. — Epictetus

Contentment is the condition of savouring what is, rather than longing for what might be.

Contentment comes when we step off the perpetually moving escalator of desire. — Ray Cross

Having food and shelter, let us therewith be content. (I Timothy 6:8)

Do not compare yourself with others. (Galatians 6:4 NCV)

He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has. — Epictetus

Happy the man, of mortals happiest he
Whose quiet mind from vain desires is free;
Whom neither hopes deceive nor fears torment,
But lives at peace with himself content. — G. Granville

O Lord, give me the grace to be
Content with what Thou’st given me!
No! More than that, let me rejoice
in all Thou sendest–” ’tis Thy choice.”

You cannot always regulate the contents of your purse, but you can regulate the quality of your desires. Money is not within everyone’s attainment, but contentment is. You are wealthy if you have learned two arts: first, how to be content with what you can get, and second, how to use what you have. If you want what five cents can buy and you have ten cents then you are wealthy. A bright dime to a street child is greater wealth than a thousand dollars to a merchant prince. — The Complete Compendium of Universal Knowledge, 1895

Their grass was greener, their flowers bloomier, which made my lawn look all the gloomier–but winter’s here and now who cares? My snow is just as white as theirs. — Mae Winler, Goodman in Paris Pups

He That Is Down Needs Fear No Fall
He that is down needs fear no fall,

He that is low, no pride;
He that is humble ever shall
Have God to be his guide.

I am content with what I have,
Little be it or much;
And, Lord, contentment will I crave,
Because Thou savest such.

Fullness to such a burden is
That go on pilgrimage:
Here little, and hereafter bliss,
Is best from age to age.
— John Bunyan, writer and preacher (1628 – 1688)

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Nine Requisites For Contented Living
Goethe, the great German writer of the past century, gave these “Nine Requisites for Contented Living”
1. Health enough to make work a pleasure;
2. Wealth enough to support your needs;
3. Strength enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
4. Grace enough to confess you sins and overcome them;
5. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
6. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbour;
7. Love enough to make yourself useful and helpful to others;
8. Faith enough to make real the things of God;
9. Hope enough to remove all anxious fear concerning the future.