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The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.

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My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens


Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist and critic.

To be content with life -- or to live merrily, rather --all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.

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