My crown is in my heart, not on my head. Not deck’d with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: my crown is called content; A crown it is seldom kings enjoy.

— William Shakespeare


When we cannot find contentment in ourselves it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

– la Rochefoucauld

There are nine requisites for contented living: health enough to make work a pleasure; wealth enough to support your needs; strength enough to battle with difficulties and overcome them; grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them; patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished; charity enough to see some good in your neighbour; love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others; faith enough to make real the things of God; hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future. 

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe