Discontent Quotes

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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

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

“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

Pooja Agnihotri
“A discontent employee means not getting the results 100% and the loss of a company advocate as well.”
Pooja Agnihotri, 17 Reasons Why Businesses Fail :Unscrew Yourself From Business Failure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

“We are indeed a house divided. But the division between race and race, class and class, will not be dissolved by massive infusions of brotherly sentiment. The division is not the result of bad sentiment, and therefore will not be healed by rhetoric. Rather the division and the bad sentiments are both reflections of vast and growing inequalities in our socioeconomic system--inequalities of wealth, of status, of education, of access to political power. Talk of brotherhood and "tolerance" (are we merely to "tolerate" one another?) might once have had a cooling effect, but increasingly it grates on the nerves. It evokes contempt not because the values of brotherhood are wrong--they are more important than ever--but because it just does not correspond to the reality we see around us. And such talk does nothing to eliminate the inequalities that breed resentment and deep discontent.”
Bayard Rustin, Down The Line

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

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Discontent leads to discouragement.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Paula Fox
“She was thinking of the advantages she would have if only she were someone else.”
Paula Fox, Poor George

Winston Graham
“He was not discontented, but he was too restless, too preoccupied. Each day led so relentlessly to the next, linked by cause and effect, anticipation and result, preparation and achievement.”
Winston Graham, Demelza

Frederick Douglass
“Just at this point of my progress, Mr. Auld found out what was going on, and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her, among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read. To use his own words, further, he said, "If you give a [n****r] an inch, he will take an ell. A [n****r] should know nothing but to obey his master--to do as he is told to do. Learning would spoil the best [n****r] in the world. Now," said he, "if you teach that [n****r] (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy.”
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

“Over time marked with periodic starvation and after enduring a life lacking in wholesome personal habits, a person learns how to harness the effervescence of hope and organize the contemptuous sneer of discontentment.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

George Orwell
“[...], their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus it on specific grievances.”
George Orwell, 1984

“She wasn’t a bad person; she had simply lost a sense of meaning in her life, and that loss birthed an unquenchable discontent.”
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, Love People, Use Things

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

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