Discontent Quotes

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Criss Jami
“A man who goes into a restaurant and blatantly disrespects the servers shows a strong discontent with his own being. Deep down he knows that restaurant service is the closest thing he will ever experience to being served like a king.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Thomas A. Edison
“Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure.”
Thomas A. Edison, Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison

Erik Pevernagie
“Being happy is harder than being discontent. For happiness we have to roll up our sleeves and knock down houses of cards. Because of this exertion, many prefer to abide by ‘fake’ happiness.( " Happiness blowing in the wind. " )”
Erik Pevernagie

Elena Ferrante
“He was going through one of those moments that you read about in books, when a character reacts in an unexpectedly extreme way to the normal discontents of living.”
Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment

Keri Hulme
“I know about me. I am the moons sister, a tidal child stranded on land. The sea always in my ear, a surf of eternal discontent in my blood.”
Keri Hulme

“What if my greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life, is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy?”
Laura Story

François Lelord
“And since he was seeing more and more people who were unhappy for no apparent reason, he was becoming more and more tired, and even a little happy himself. He began to wonder whether he was in the right profession, whether he was happy with his life, whether he wasn't missing out on something. And then he felt very afraid because he wondered whether these unhappy people were contagious.”
François Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness

Alan Paton
“In the meantime the strike is over, with a remarkably low loss of life. All is quiet, they report, all is quiet.

In the deserted harbour there is yet water that laps against the quays. In the dark and silent forest there is a leaf that falls. Behind the polished panelling the white ant eats away the wood. Nothing is ever quiet, except for fools.”
Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country

Og Mandino
“There are two kinds of discontented in this world, the discontented that works and the discontented that wrings its hands. The first gets what it wants and the second loses what it has. There is no cure for the first but success and there is no cure at all for the second. The very worst of my vices and bad habits will abate of themselves if they are brought to an accounting every day.”
Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

Henry David Thoreau
“There are some who complain most energetically and inconsolably of any, because they are, as they say, doing their duty. I also have in my mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

David C. Downing
“As his (C. S. Lewis's) good friend Owen Barfield once remarked, Lewis radiated a sense that the spiritual world is home, that we are always coming back to a place we have never yet reached.”
David C. Downing, Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C. S. Lewis

Wallace Stegner
“It was as if she had thought him into existence again, as if her mind were a flask into which had been poured a measure of longing, a measure of discontent, a measure of fatigue, a dash of bitterness, and pouf, there he stood.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

Gustave Flaubert
“But she—her life was cold as a garret whose dormer window looks on the north, and ennui, the silent spider, was weaving its web in the darkness in every corner of her heart.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Barack Obama
“When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that, in our democracy, government is us.”
Barack Obama

“But we disposable women have to be realistic in this life, you know. Else we get itchy and discontented and start contemplating the kitchen knife and wondering whether it wouldn't look nicer between someone's shoulder-blades.”
Jude Morgan, The Taste of Sorrow

Sinclair Lewis
“Author sees the "congested idealism" of the generally discontent as reservoir that will support centralized power even while disagreeing with many specific provisions.”
Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here

Glennon Doyle
“Discontent is the nagging of the imagination. Discontent is evidence that your imagination has not given up on you. It is still pressing, swelling, trying to get your attention by whispering: "Not this.”
Glennon Doyle, Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living / A Toolkit for Modern Life

“I think at the heart of so much restlessness of the day is a spiritual vacuum. There is a yearning for meaningful lives, a yearning for values we can commonly embrace. I hear an almost inaudible but pervasive discontent with the price we pay for our current materialism. And I hear a fluttering of hope that there might be more to life than bread and circuses.”
Bill Moyes

“Wrath springs only from thwarted desires. I do not expect anything from others, so their actions cannot be in opposition to wishes of mine. I would not use you for my own ends; I am happy only in your own true happiness.”
Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

Nikki Gemmell
“...no matter how much Theo achieves and acquires and out-dazzles everyone else, she never seems content. She's taught you that people who shine more lavishly that everyone else seem to be penalized by discontent, as if they're being punished for craving a brighter life. I've been knocked down so many times I can't remember the number plates, she said once.”
Nikki Gemmell, The Bride Stripped Bare

Lorrie Moore
“Back at home, days later, feel cranky and tired. Sit on the couch and tell him he's stupid. That you bet he doesn't know who Coriolanus is. That since you moved in you've noticed he rarely reads. He will give you a hurt, hungry-to-learn look, with his James Cagney eyes. He will try to kiss you. Turn your head. Feel suffocated. (from "How")”
Lorrie Moore, Self-Help

Elizabeth Bowen
“You don't much like anything, do you?"

"No, nothing," said Anna, smiling her nice fat malign smile.”
Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart

“Greed is a disaster and discontentment is a calamity.”

“Lust is like swarming locust. It devours the soul with greed and discontent.”

Poul Anderson
“Yeah, it was fun at first, the novelty, the jobs, and then travelling around, but what are now except tourists once in a while when his high and mightiness Nansen lets us go?”
Poul Anderson, Starfarers

Tove Ditlevsen
“The fact that we are so incredibly uninterested in what is happening inside the person closest to us is probably the source of many problems.”
Tove Ditlevsen

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Without heart there is little content and much discontent.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Tranquility and discontent are games of numbers. Pockets of discontent keep coexisting with pockets of peace. It is only when the former become ubiquitous that the latter is disturbed.”
R. N. Prasher

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