Quotes About Discontentment

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Matthew Gregory Lewis
“Man was born for society. However little He may be attached to the World, He never can wholly forget it, or bear to be wholly forgotten by it. Disgusted at the guilt or absurdity of Mankind, the Misanthrope flies from it: He resolves to become an Hermit, and buries himself in the Cavern of some gloomy Rock. While Hate inflames his bosom, possibly He may feel contented with his situation: But when his passions begin to cool; when Time has mellowed his sorrows, and healed those wounds which He bore with him to his solitude, think you that Content becomes his Companion? Ah! no, Rosario. No longer sustained by the violence of his passions, He feels all the monotony of his way of living, and his heart becomes the prey of Ennui and weariness. He looks round, and finds himself alone in the Universe: The love of society revives in his bosom, and He pants to return to that world which He has abandoned. Nature loses all her charms in his eyes: No one is near him to point out her beauties, or share in his admiration of her excellence and variety. Propped upon the fragment of some Rock, He gazes upon the tumbling waterfall with a vacant eye, He views without emotion the glory of the setting Sun. Slowly He returns to his Cell at Evening, for no one there is anxious for his arrival; He has no comfort in his solitary unsavoury meal: He throws himself upon his couch of Moss despondent and dissatisfied, and wakes only to pass a day as joyless, as monotonous as the former.”
Matthew Gregory Lewis, The Monk

Carson McCullers
“Her face felt like it was scattered in pieces and she could not keep it straight. The feeling was a whole lot worse than being hungry for any dinner, yet it was like that. I want--I want--I want--was all that she could think about--but just what this real want was she did no know.”
Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Criss Jami
“Most men either compromise or drop their greatest talents and start running after, what they perceive to be, a more reasonable success, and somewhere in between they end up with a discontented settlement. Safety is indeed stability, but it is not progression.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Idowu Koyenikan
“You must have a level of discontent to feel the urge to want to grow.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

Haruki Murakami
“There had to be something wrong with my life. I should have been born a Yugoslavian shepherd who looked up at the Big Dipper every night.”
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Jack Kerouac
“And I realize the unbearable anguish of insanity: how uninformed people can be thinking insane people are "happy," O God, in fact it was Irwin Garden once warned me not to think the madhouses are full of "happy nuts." (p. 200)”
Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

Criss Jami
“Reality. It is sometimes brought through foreign eyes; because if you do not know any better, you cannot see the worse (and vice versa).”
Criss Jami, Healology

Dodie Smith
“So much of me longs to run after him and cry, 'Yes, yes, yes!' A few hours ago, when I wrote I could never mean anything to him, such a chance would have seemed heaven on earth. And surely I could give him - a sort of contentment?
That isn't enough to give. Not for the giver.”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Bill Bryson
“The romance of travel wasn't always terribly evident to those who were actually experiencing it.”
Bill Bryson, One Summer: America, 1927

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Millions upon millions will attain your ceremony, but don't think all of them are in a ceremonius mood.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Criss Jami
“What men classify as living is often but the discontentment of making oneself itch just to enjoy the scratch.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Criss Jami
“You wander. You work nearly every job known to man, it seems, only to arrive at the wonderings of philosophy.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Humans are forever discontent—always thinking there are better alternatives to their present circumstances.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

John F. MacArthur Jr.
“Our greatest limitation isn't the leader of the lives; it is the spirit within us.”
John F. MacArthur Jr.

Jaggi Vasudev
“People on the spiritual path are people of unquenchable discontent. It is being propagated that spirituality means contentment. Contentment means you have contented yourself with what you have. A spiritual person means he is unwilling to settle for anything less than the Ultimate.”
Jaggi Vasudev

Angelica Hopes
“Many or few alternatives can be at hand. A wise and skilful choice acts from a sincere effort. Solutions and results come from cooperation, hard work and efficiency. With high intention matched with a flexible, patient heart and proficient action gets best quality and value. As for the restless grumbles raving from unconsciousness of complexity of matters, best be brushed off ducking out wisely from discourtesies.”
Angelica Hopes

C.S. Lewis
“What you have made me see,' answered the Lady, 'is as plain as the sky, but I never saw it before. Yet is has happened every day. One goes into the forest to pick food and already the thought of one fruit rather than another has grown up in one’s mind. Then, may it be, one finds a different fruit and not the fruit one thought of. One joy was expected and another is given. But this I had never noticed before–that the very moment of the finding there is in the mind a kind of thrusting back, or setting aside. The picture of the fruit you have not found is still, for a moment, before you. And if you wished–if it were possible to wish–you could keep it there. You could send your soul after the good you had expected, instead of turning it to the good you had got. You could refuse the real good; you could make the real fruit taste insipid by thinking of the other.”
C.S. Lewis

Dodie Smith
“I really am just as discontented, but I don’t seem to notice it so much.”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Charles Dickens
“He cross-examined his very wine when he had nothing else at hand.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Criss Jami
“It is in the nature of man to want what he does not have. This modern concern for happiness seems a real testimony of its absence.”
Criss Jami

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