Contentment and Simplicity

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. —Socrates


It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. —Agnes Repplier

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. —Lao Tzu, in the Tao te Ching

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. —Melodie Beattie

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. —Epicurus


Short is the road which leads philosophers to wealth. It is built in this way: do not multiply your belongings, but restrain your desires. –Francesco Petrarca, renaissance poet and scholar

Who has not found the heaven below, will fail it above, for angels rent the house next ours wherever we remove. –Emily Dickinson

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. — Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring

The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive. —Thich Nhat Hanh

One writer offers his insight about transitioning into simplicity in his lifestyle, in a biographical account at