Quotations for Daily Use

Contentment, Satisfaction vs Boredom

"Filling up the corners," a delightful stage of eating when people are sipping their favorite drinks and nibbling at their favorite dainties The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor

"Happiness is a fool's goal; contentment is a more reasonable expectation."
Joseph Epstein writing about turning 80 in The Weekly Standard

"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." Philippians 4:11; Paul wrote this while in prison.

"If thou indeed derive thy light from Heaven,
Then, to the measure of that heaven-born light,
Shine, Poet! In thy place, and be content . . ."
William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was an English Romantic poet.

"Measurements for contentment are not easily established, but the one I prefer is the absence of regrets." Joseph Epstein writing about turning 80 in The Weekly Standard

"Nothing is miserable but what is thought so, and contrariwise, every estate is happy if he that bears it be content." Boethius, c. 480–524 AD), was a Roman senator, consul, magister officiorum, and philosopher of the early 6th century.

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Goethe, (1749–1832), German poet, playwright, novelist, philosopher, and scientist

"Now contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and it must be cultivated." Charles Spurgeon, (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the "Prince of Preachers".

'Of his summer home in Mattapoisett, Edward Atkinson observed in the late 1800's, 'It is the dullest, flattest, stupidest, pleasantest, most restful place on the whole coast. Nothing to do and we do it all the time.' " Edward Atkinson as written in The Big House by George Howe Colt

"Spring is slowly climbing the mountain to Mitford, wearing a frock of morning mist, and carrying an armful of forsythia. She is shod with ivy and dandelion, and her hair is entwined with sprigs of wolf bane. Unfortunately, she is easily distracted and often interrupts her journey to tarry upon a bed of moss, where she sleeps for days on end."This quote is from one of the Mitford Series books by Jan Karon. Which one?

"That man is th' richest whose pleasures are th' cheapest!" Homeless Hobbs, a character in At Home in Mitford, a book in the Mitford Series by Jan Karon

"You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket. You will never have an idle hour." John Adams, (1735–1826), 2nd president of the US 1797–1801

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