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Contentment

  • Contentment is the result of a limited imagination.

  • Content is not the pathway to great deeds.

  • Contentment comes when sought, / While Happiness pursued was never caught.

  • Better is a little with contentment than great Treasure; and trouble therewith.

    • Abigail Adams,
    • to Mary Smith Cranch (1790), New Letters of Abigail Adams: 1788-1801 ()
  • Contentment can be bought at a price that one can not possibly pay.

    • Margaret Mead,
    • 1938, in Margaret M. Caffrey and Patricia A. Francis, eds., To Cherish the Life of the World: Selected Letters of Margaret Mead ()
  • Age has very few recompensations, Sergeant, except perhaps the wisdom to recognize contentment.

  • I have guarded myself more carefully against contented people than against contagious diseases.

  • Total contentment is only for cows.