Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Related Quotes

Jack C. Yewell

Giving of yourself, learning to be tolerant, giving recognition and approval to others, remaining flexible enough to mature and learn - yields happiness, harmony, contentment and productivity. These are the qualities of a rich life, the bounteous harvest of getting along with people.

Character | Contentment | Enough | Giving | Harmony | Learning | Life | Life | People | Qualities | Approval | Learn |

Ali Hameed Almaas

We are always looking for pleasure, frantically seeking happiness in many ways, and totally missing the simplest, most fundamental pleasure, which actually is also the greatest pleasure: just being here. When we are really present, the presence itself is made out of fullness, contentment and blissful pleasure... Happiness, value, and pleasure are not he result of anything. These qualities are part of our fundamental nature.

Contentment | Nature | Pleasure | Present | Qualities | Wisdom | Happiness |

John Weiss

The laughter of man is the contentment of God.

Character | Contentment | God | Laughter | Man |

James Beattie

From labor, health; from health, contentment springs.

Contentment | Health | Labor | Wisdom |

Stefano Guazzo

To have health of body, it is necessarie to have contentment of minde.

Body | Contentment | Health | Wisdom |

Ichabod Smith Spencer

The noblest mind the best contentment has.

Contentment | Mind | Wisdom |

Lawrence Sterne, alternatively Laurence Sterne

If the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness.

Contentment | Man | Principles | Will | Wisdom |

Ernest W. Watson

The best definition of wealth - the only true definition, I think - is the possession of whatever gives us happiness, contentment or a sense of one's significance in the scheme of things.

Contentment | Sense | Wealth | Wisdom | Think |

Robert E. Carter, fully Robert Edgar Carter

We are capable of finding unending meaning in a world of constant, shimmering, sometimes threatening change. The task is to keep the question of life in question, and to find in it an unending source of joy and possibility, even in the darkest of times. It is within the constant overcoming of our own limitations and habits, and of the established views of our age, that passive happiness and unreflective contentment are lost, then to be replaced by joyful activity and a glimpse of a broader, more enriching, and more responsible awareness than we have been capable of before.

Age | Awareness | Change | Contentment | Joy | Life | Life | Meaning | Question | World | Awareness | Happiness |

Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

The fountain of contentment must spring up in the mind. He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief which he proposes to remove.

Contentment | Grief | Human nature | Knowledge | Life | Life | Little | Mind | Nature | Waste | Will | Happiness |

Lao Tzu, ne Li Urh, also Laotse, Lao Tse, Lao Tse, Lao Zi, Laozi, Lao Zi, La-tsze

The sufficiency of contentment is an enduring and unchanging sufficiency.

Contentment |

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues NULL

People find happiness both in wisdom and folly, virtue and vice. Contentment is no index of true worth.

Contentment | Folly | People | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom | Worth | Happiness |

Author Unknown NULL

The secret of contentment is never to allow yourself to want anything really badly that reason says you have little or no chance of getting.

Chance | Contentment | Little | Reason |

Charles Caleb Colton

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.

Contentment | Enough | Little | World |

Charles Caleb Colton

True contentment depends not on what we have - a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.

Contentment | Enough | Little | World |