CONTENTMENT is a mental or emotional state of satisfaction drawn from being at ease in one’s situation, body and mind. It is a state of having accepted one’s situation and is a for of happiness. Contentment and the pursuit of contentment are a central thread through many philosophical or religious schools across diverse cultures, times and geographies.
(1) Ten poor men sleep in peace on one straw bed, as SAADI sings, but the biggest Empire is too narrow for two Kings. —– William R Alger.
(2) Health is the greatest gift. Contentment is the greatest wealth. A trusted friend is the best relative, NIBBANA is the greatest bliss. —— Gautama Buddha.
(3) A joyful heart makes a cheerful face. A sad heart makes a despondent mood. All the days of a poor person are wretched, but contentment is a feast without end. ——- Rabbi Meir Leibush.
(4) Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails. And honour sinks where commerce long prevails. ——- Oliver Goldsmith.
(5) Contentment furnishes constant joy. Much covetousness —– constant grief. To the contended even poverty is joy; to the discontented even wealth is a vexation. ——- Fan Li-pen.
(6) Who seeks more than he needs, hinders himself from enjoying what he has. Seek what you need and give up what you need not. For in giving up what you don’t need, you’ll learn what you really do need. —– Mivhar Hapeninim.
(7) The noblest mind, the best contentment has. —- Edmund Spencer.
(8) Those who want much are always much in need. Happy the man whom God gives with a sparing hand what is sufficient for his wants. ——-Horace.
(9) True Contentment depends upon what we have ; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander. ——– Charles Caleb Colton.
Siddharta said, “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Hebrews 13:5 reads, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.” Chinese Philosopher, Zhuang Zhou wrote in the 3rd century BCE, ” A gentleman who profoundly penetrates all things and is in harmony with their transformations will be contented with whatever time may bring. He follows the course of nature in whatever situation he may be.” Socrates said, “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” There is therefore a belief that one can achieve contentment by living in the moment.