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25 Content Quotes

Ah, sweet Content, where doth thine harbour hold?

Barnabe Barnes Quotes , Source: Parthenophil and Parthenophe

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I would do what I pleased, and doing what I pleased, I should have my will, and having my will, I should be contented; and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired; and when there is no more to be desired, there is an end of it.

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. IV, ch. XXIII)

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What happiness the rural maid attends, In cheerful labour while each day she spends! She gratefully receives what Heav'n has sent, And, rich in poverty, enjoys content.

John Gay Quotes , Source: Rural Sports (canto II, l. 148)

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Those who want much, are always much in need; happy the man to whom God gives with a sparing hand what is sufficient for his wants. [Lat., Multa petentibus Desunt multa; bene est cui deus obtulit Parca quod satis est manu.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Carmina (III, 16, 42)

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The more a man denies himself, the more he shall receive from heaven. Naked, I seek the camp of those who covet nothing. [Lat., Quanto quisque sibi plura negaverit, A dis plura feret. Nil cupientium Nudus castra peto.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Carmina (III, 16, 21)

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Let me posses what I now have, or even less, so that I may enjoy my remaining days, if Heaven grant any to remain. [Lat., Sit mihi quod nunc est, etiam minus et mihi vivam Quod superest aevi--si quid superesse volunt di.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (I, 18, 107)

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Happy am I; from care I'm free! Why aren't they all contented like me?

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: Opera of La Bayadere

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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 Quotes , Source: Oriental Poetry--Elbow Room

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From labour health, from health contentment spring; Contentment opes the source of every joy.

James Beattie Quotes , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I, st. 13)

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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 Quotes , Source: The Little Man all in Gray, (translation by Amelia B. Edwards)

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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 Quotes , Source: Matthew (ch. XVII, v. 4)

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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 Bickerstaff Quotes , Source: Love in a Village (act I, sc. 5)

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Some things are of that nature as to make One's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache.

John Bunyan Quotes , Source: Pilgrim's Progress (pt. II, l. 126), The Author's Way of Sending Forth his Second Part of the Pilgri

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Contented wi' little, and cantie wi' mair.

Robert Burns Quotes , Source: Contented wi' Little

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I'll be merry and free, I'll be sad for nae-body; If nae-body cares for me, I'll care for nae-body.

Robert Burns Quotes , Source: Nae-body

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With more of thanks and less of thought, I strive to make my matters meet; To seek what ancient sages sought, Physic and food in sour and sweet, To take what passes in good part, And keep the hiccups from the heart.

John Byrom Quotes , Source: Careless Content

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In a cottage I live, and the cot of content, Where a few little rooms for ambition too low, Are furnish'd as plain as a patriarch's tent, With all for convenience, but nothing for show: Like Robinson Crusoe's, both peaceful and pleasant, By industry stor'd, like the hive of a bee; And the peer who looks down with contempt on a peasant. Can ne'er be look'd up to with envy by me.

John Collins (1) Quotes , Source: How to be Happy, song in his Scripscrapologia

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We'll therefore relish with content, Whate'er kind providence has sent, Nor aim beyond our pow'r; For, if our stock be very small, 'Tis prudent to enjoy it all, Nor lose the present hour.

Nathaniel Cotton Quotes , Source: The Fireside (st. 10)

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Enjoy the present hour, be thankful for the past, And neither fear nor wish th' approaches of the last.

Abraham Cowley Quotes , Source: Imitations--Martial (bk. X, ep. XLVII)

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Give what thou canst, without Thee we are poor; And with Thee rich, take what Thou wilt away.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task--Winter Morning Walk (bk. V, last lines)

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Their wants but few, their wishes all confin'd.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: The Traveller (l. 210)

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Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails, And honour sinks where commerce long prevails.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: The Traveller (l. 91)

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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, within himself content; In thought, or act, accountable to none But to himself, and to the gods alone.

George Granville, Lord Landsdowne Quotes , Source: Epistle to Mrs. Higgons (l. 79)

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Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content; The quiet mind is richer than a crown; Sweet are the nights in careless slumber spent; The poor estate scorns fortune's angry frown: Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss, Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.

Robert Greene Quotes , Source: Song--Farewell to Folly

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Let's live with that small pittance which we have; Who covets more is evermore a slave.

Robert Herrick Quotes , Source: The Covetous Still Captive

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