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  • Nothing in this world came out of satisfaction. Except the human race.

  • ... one must desire something, to be alive: perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death.

  • But hers was the pleasant fatigue that comes of work well done. When at night in bed she went over the events of the day, it was with a modest yet certain satisfaction at this misunderstanding disentangled, that problem solved, some other help given in time of need. Her good deeds smoothed her pillow.

  • There is no state of satisfaction, because to himself no man is a success.

  • Her satisfaction rose to the surface like the thick golden cream on the milk pans.

  • There are some moments in life that are like pivots around which your existence turns — small intuitive flashes, when you know you have done something correct for a change, when you think you are on the right track.

  • We are never satisfied with having done well; and in endeavoring to do better, we do much worse.

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1671, in Edward Playfair Anderson, ed., The Best Letters of Madame de Sévigné ()
  • I like to deliver more than I promise instead of the other way around.

  • I, like Shenfu, do not want anything else; it would be adding feet to a snake.

  • Satisfaction is the enemy of creativity ...

  • I do not like new things of any kind, not even a new gown, far less a new acquaintance, therefore make as few as possible; one can but have one's heart and hands full, and mine are. I have love and work enough to last me the rest of my life.

    • Anna Jameson,
    • 1841, in Geraldine Macpherson, Memoirs of the Life of Anna Jameson ()
  • No one is satisfied with his fortune, nor dissatisfied with his own wit.

  • Nobody's ever satisfied until they've been dead a good week.

  • What children need is the conviction that satisfaction can and must be earned. ... Spoiled children do not learn the must.

  • There is no such thing as balance. How I long for that sense of repose after a good day's work. Does anyone have it?

    • Naomi Thornton,
    • in Sara Ruddick and Pamela Daniels, eds., Working It Out ()