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Dissatisfaction

If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

No sooner is your ocean filled, than he grumbles that it might have been of better vintage. Try him with half of a Universe, of an Omnipotence, he sets to quarrelling with the proprietor of the other half, and declares himself the most maltreated of men. Always there is a black spot in our sunshine: it is even as I said, the Shadow of Ourselves.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, ''Anywhere but here.''

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

The chemistry of dissatisfaction is as the chemistry of some marvelously potent tar. In it are the building stones of explosives, stimulants, poisons, opiates, perfumes and stenches.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

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