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All Is Well: Quotes About Contentment

Updated on March 25, 2017

Contentment is what most of us don’t consciously realize we need. Instead, we seek happiness and excitement, but often find these sensations more fleeting than we would prefer. Contentment, however, can be a much more stable force. It’s defined as “the quality or state of being contented.” What exactly does contented mean? It is defined as, “feeling or manifesting satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation.” Visible contentment can be anything from a hiker who shrugs and laughs when it starts to rain to a mother holding her sleeping baby while thinking, “Life doesn’t get better than this moment.” It won’t look the same for every person, and it may not be as powerful an experience as happiness or joy can be. Nonetheless, it is worth seeking, and hopefully these quotes will inspire you to seek it more in the future. Enjoy!


Henry David Thoreau: “Live in each season as it passes; breath the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”

“Acceptance has everything to do with simplicity, with sitting in the ordinary place, with bearing witness to the plain facts of our lives, with not just starting at the essential, but ending up there.” Cheryl Strayed, tiny beautiful things

Susan Isaacs: “A new sense of freedom was born into my life. A dark, beautiful freedom that came when everything was swept away and I was still there. I was still alive. If I never found the right man, that couldn’t stop me from cultivating a life filled with love. If I never got married, that didn’t mean I had to be alone. If I never got to make a living doing what I loved, I’d still do it—for fun and for free.”

“I would be most content is my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” Anna Quindlen


Anne Lamott: “This is how I feel about the world much of the time, when I am not feeling too far gone: Things are how they are supposed to be, all evidence to the contrary. Life swims, lumbers across the sand, rests; lumbers, swims, rests.”

“When you realize you are lost, the mind is instantly animated with a kind of stoic cheerfulness. How much worse could it be, you think.” John Cheever

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Finish every day and be done with it… You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it…serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.”


“I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us.” Dorothy Dix

Donald Miller: “There is a serenity in life, after all, and once a withdrawal is felt at having left the lies behind, a soul begins to feel at home in its own skin.”

“The last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” Viktor Frankl

Henry David Thoreau: “The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”


“The older one gets the more one feels that the present must be enjoyed; it is a precious gift, comparable to a state of grace.” Marie Curie

Thomas S. Szasz: “Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.”

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” G.K. Chesterton

Laura Ingalls Wilder: “It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest and living close to nature.”

“Dawn was dewless and dry. When the sun came it was a storm of gold, rich on the face, Miguel’s luz eternal pouring through the air. I ate apples, bread and cheese, and watched the light flood the land. Where it reached the dark pines across the valley they appeared to shake. I felt uncomplicatedly happy to be in that place and at that time.” Robert MacFarlane, The Old Ways


Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”

“It was the same with life in general, thought Mma Ramotswe. If we worried away at troublesome issues, we often ended up making things worse. It was far better to let things sort themselves out.” Alexander McCall Smith, Tea Time For The Traditionally Built

Ken Ilguanas: ‘Sometimes I wished for the temperature to be warmer, but why live in a chronic state of want, constantly hoping for heat in winter and cold in summer?”


“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” Henry David Thoreau

Anne Lamott: “I have spent so much of my life with secret Swiss-cheese insides, but I tell you—right now, Mama, my soul is full.”

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” Helen Keller

David Hume: “He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.”


“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.” William Gladstone

Immanuel Kant: “We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”

“Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Henry David Thoreau: “Let your capital be simplicity and contentment.”

“To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much, impossible.” Marie con Ebner-Eschenbach

Alfred Nobel: “Contentment is the only real wealth.”

“Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plain living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lives in contentment.” Mahatam Gandhi



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      Julie K Henderson 3 years ago

      I am delighted. Thank you for commenting.

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      Ryan W Flynn 3 years ago

      I love these quotes Julie!

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      Julie K Henderson 3 years ago

      You are welcome. Thank you for commenting.

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      Samantha Lim 3 years ago

      The thoughts you've shared are very helpful. Thank you!

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      Julie K Henderson 3 years ago

      Thank you for commenting. I am glad you found this hub worthwhile. Take care.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      really great hub that you have here. I really do like the different quotes that you have used in your hub. Interesting and informative. thank you. Best of wishes.

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      Julie K Henderson 3 years ago

      Thank you for commenting. I like your definition of contentment.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      A very timely hub for me! I was thinking about contentment and how I've missed it in my life at the moment. I think contentment is about feeling well and satisfied with what you've done and being proud of your achievements. It seems to be a thoughtful, relaxed introspection that is very calming to the soul. Voted interesting!