Showing posts with label contentment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label contentment. Show all posts

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Post #3074

Contentment is natural wealth — a man is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
—Socrates

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Post #2362

Some have too much, yet still do crave;
        I have little, and seek no more:
They are but poor, though much they have,
       And I am rich with little store;
They poor, I rich; they beg, I give;
      They lack, I have; they pine, I live.
—Sir Edward Dyer

Friday, June 09, 2017

Post #2355

Contentment will make a cottage look as fair as a palace.
—William Secker

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Post #2009

"I never complained of my condition but once," said an old man — "when my feet were bare and I had no money to buy shoes; but I met a man without feet, and became contented."
—Unknown

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Post #2008

Few things are needful to make the wise man happy, but nothing satisfies the fool; and this is the reason why so many of mankind are miserable.
—Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Post #1994

Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.
—John Balguy

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Post #1808

Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth so far as it makes us of benefit to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
—Plutarch

Monday, March 09, 2015

Post #1766

If thou desire not to be poor, desire not to be too rich. He is rich, not that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is poor, not that enjoys little, but he that wants too much. The contented mind wants nothing which it hath not; the covetous mind wants, not only what it hath not, but likewise what it hath.
—Francis Quarles

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Post #1757

Contentment consisteth not in heaping more fuel, but taking away some fire.
—Thomas Fuller

Friday, February 20, 2015

Post #1755

I asked an experienced elder who had profited by his knowledge of the world, "What course should I pursue to obtain prosperity?" He replied, "Contentment—if you are able, practise contentment."
—Khajah Selman

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Post #1214

Contented with your lot, you will live wisely.
—Horace

Monday, March 18, 2013

Post #1212

A brave man or a fortunate one is able to bear envy.
—Publilius Syrus

The Penalty of Leadership

In every field of human endeavor, he that is first must perpetually live in the white light of publicity. Whether the leadership be vested in a man or in a manufactured product, emulation and envy are ever at work. In art, in literature, in music, in industry, the reward and the punishment are always the same. The reward is widespread recognition; the punishment, fierce denial and detraction. When a man’s work becomes a standard for the whole world, it also becomes a target for the shafts of the envious few. If his work be mediocre, he will be left severely alone – if he achieve a masterpiece, it will set a million tongues a -wagging. Jealousy does not protrude its forked tongue at the artist who produces a commonplace painting. Whatsoever you write, or paint, or play, or sing, or build, no one will strive to surpass or to slander you unless your work be stamped with the seal of genius. Long, long after a great work or a good work has been done, those who are disappointed or envious, continue to cry out that it cannot be done. Spiteful little voices in the domain of art were raised against our own Whistler as a mountebank, long after the big world had acclaimed him its greatest artistic genius. Multitudes flocked to Bayreuth to worship at the musical shrine of Wagner, while the little group of those whom he had dethroned and displaced argued angrily that he was no musician at all. The little world continued to protest that Fulton could never build a steamboat, while the big world flocked to the river banks to see his boat steam by. The leader is assailed because he is a leader, and the effort to equal him is merely added proof of that leadership. Failing to equal or to excel, the follower seeks to depreciate and to destroy – but only confirms once more the superiority of that which he strives to supplant. There is nothing new in this. It is as old as the world and as old as human passions – envy, fear, greed, ambition, and the desire to surpass. And it all avails nothing. If the leader truly leads, he remains – the leader. Master-poet, master-painter, master-workman, each in his turn is assailed, and each holds his laurels through the ages. That which is good or great makes itself known, no matter how loud the clamor of denial. That which deserves to live — lives.
written by Theodore F. MacManus

A deadly viper once bit a hole snipe's hide; But 'twas the viper, not the snipe, that died.

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