Nothing is more dangerous than contentment without progression.
Maybe I don’t know yet how to be happy and play well at the same time.
The search for contentment is, therefore, not merely a self-preserving and self-benefiting act, but also a generous gift to the world. You cease being an obstacle, not only to yourself but to anyone else. Only then are you free to serve and enjoy other people.
Contentment is the only one substitute for happiness.
There are still blue skies and rainbows and days bathed in sunlight. There are colorful shade trees filled with sweet bird songs. And there are wishing stars in the heavens as well as angels in God’s service. So lift up your eyes. Refuse to be unhappy.
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty
Happiness is achieving your goals. Contentment is not having any.
In a clock, stop but one wheel and you stop every wheel, because they are dependent upon one other. So when God has ordered a thing for the present to be thus and thus, how do you know how many things depend upon this thing? God may have some work to do twenty years hence...
That same night, I wrote my first short story. It took me thirty minutes. It was a dark little tale about a man who found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man...
All the arguing in the world won’t change the mind of the Umpire.
When I’m depressed, I read Caeiro — he’s my fresh air. I become very calm, content, faithful — yes, I find faith in God, and in the soul’s transcendent living smallness, after reading the poems by that ungodly anti-humanist who goes unsurpassed on earth.
What I see especially among the Navajos and the Zunis and the Hopis is a culture of people who have been smart enough to learn a lesson that we’re awfully slow to get… They know that being rich doesn’t have any damn thing to do with how much money you’ve got. It’s got to do...
While many of us admire nice things, materialism and suffering may share a connection. When we place a great deal of our happiness in material things, we run the great risk of losing our happiness when our material things become lost, old, or damaged. Toys break. Cars get dents. Clothes get ripped. Jewels get lost...
In our need to be somebody, we often forget that we are somebody.
Wanting less is probably a better blessing than having more.
Timing clicking together, finally, pieces falling into place.
…are you happy?””I am content.””What is the difference?””Between happiness and contentment? Ah, there you have me. It is not easy to put into words. Contentment is a state of mind and body when the two work in harmony, and there is no friction. The mind is at peace, and the body also. The two are...