Archive for the 'Contentment Quotes' Category

“Once, when my feet were bare…” Sadi, The Gulistan

“Once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience.” Sadi, […]

“Whatever you are…” Abraham Lincoln

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln

“Most human beings have an…” Aldous Huxley

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” Aldous Huxley

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of…” Anonymous

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.” Anonymous

“The main things which seem…” Bertrand Russell

“The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.” Bertrand Russell

“The real test of friendship…” Eugene Kennedy

“The real test of friendship is: can you do literally nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple.” Eugene Kennedy

“Derive happiness in oneself from…” Henri Matisse

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” Henri Matisse

“Write the bad things that…” Arabic Parable

“Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.” Arabic Parable

“It is not only wrong…” Oswald Chambers

“It is not only wrong to worry, it is unbelief; worrying means we do not believe that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything but those details that worry us.” Oswald Chambers

“Time is the coin of…” Carl Sandburg

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg

“Thou should’st eat to live…” Cicero

“Thou should’st eat to live; not live to eat.” Cicero

“Man can climb…” George Bernard Shaw

“Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.”   George Bernard Shaw

“If you want to be happy…” Anonymous

“If you want to be happy for a year, win the lottery. If you want to be happy for a lifetime, love what you do.” Anonymous

“If you want to know…” Dorothy Parker

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” Dorothy Parker

“There are always flowers…” Henri Matisse

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” Henri Matisse

“It is better to know…” James Thurber

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” James Thurber

“You can complain because roses…” Ziggy

“You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” Ziggy

“He had discovered a great…” Mark Twain

“He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it – namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.” Mark Twain, in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

“If you want to…” Anonymous

“If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.” Anonymous

“Going to a junkyard…” Roger von Oech

“Going to a junkyard is a sobering experience. There you can see the ultimate destination of almost everything we desire.” Roger von Oech

“Those who are contented…” Chuang-Tzu

“Those who are contented and at ease with the moment, those who live in accord with the course of Nature, cannot be affected by sorrow or joy. That’s what the ancients called release from bondage.”   – Chuang-Tzu