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  • She grew more contented with age.
  • It’s hard to get her to consider a change because she is so contented with the way things are.
  • In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
    John Kenneth Galbraith  --  London Guardian, July 8, 1989
  • And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World

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  • I’d rather see you poor men’s wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • How used they keep themselves contented
    Before this monster was invented?
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • But on the way back, as he contentedly ate his prize, I was allowed to do as I wished.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • He ate again, sighed with contentment.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • But if you must die, let me ask you this: wouldn’t you rather die saying I’m a man than to die saying I’m a contented slave?
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • The baby slept, contented.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness

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  • I was so contented and happy I felt as if I would like to sit right there without moving until I fell asleep.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • I have often been utterly astonished, since I came to the north, to find persons who could speak of the singing, among slaves, as evidence of their contentment and happiness.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • By rights you should be contented now, without a single damned hope or lying dream left to torment you!
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • He was ambitious enough to be contented with nothing short of the highest rank of overseers, and persevering enough to reach the height of his ambition.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • It is partly in consequence of such facts, that slaves, when inquired of as to their condition and the character of their masters, almost universally say they are contented, and that their masters are kind.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Pompey is strong at sea; And it appears he is belov’d of those That only have fear’d Caesar: to the ports The discontents repair, and men’s reports Give him much wrong’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Break off thy song, and haste thee quick away; Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice Hath often still’d my brawling discontent.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Can you make no use of your discontent?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • The last time I delivered it was in the Cathedral, as a charity sermon on behalf of the Society for the Prevention of Discontent among the Upper Orders.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • If an order were given, John would be on his crutch in an instant, with the cheeriest "Aye, aye, sir!" in the world; and when there was nothing else to do, he kept up one song after another, as if to conceal the discontent of the rest.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • He assembled them at his inn, and gave them a supper on condition that each took an oath to relate his history faithfully, promising to choose him who appeared to be most justly discontented with his state, and to bestow some presents upon the rest.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Siddhartha had started to nurse discontent in himself, he had started to feel that the love of his father and the love of his mother, and also the love of his friend, Govinda, would not bring him joy for ever and ever, would not nurse him, feed him, satisfy him.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • And do you call yours a divine discontent?
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • His eyes rested in puffy little hammocks of flesh and his mouth drooped with discontent.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • A discontented man was bought in Washington.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The gaunt, sallow-faced woman looked annoyed; obviously she assumed that Bourne was a discontented customer.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • There was a general rumbling of discontent within the crowd.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • Ha did not see a small oval narrowing too sharply to chin and passionate with discontent (she was a year or two or three older than he was, and he did not know it, was never to know it).
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • So I have not said to my people: "Get rid of your discontent."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • ’You know the saying, "Happiness is where we are not," ’ replied Bazarov; ’besides, you told me yesterday you are discontented.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • The water ran in the gutters with a small, discontented sound; on the water traveled paper, burnt matches, sodden cigarette-ends; gobs of spittle, green-yellow, brown, and pearly; the leavings of a dog, the vomit of a drunken man, the dead sperm, trapped in rubber, of one abandoned to his lust.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • Yet, had he known to what lengths these daily assaults might drive her, he would have been astounded: they were part of the deep and feverish discontent of his spirit, the rooted instinct to have an object for his abuse.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Only Carley’s stubbornness kept her from acknowledging the sense of peace that enveloped her-that and the consciousness of her own discontent.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • It looked quite human to me when I had finished it; but when I went to it I was discontented with it.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • If wit and discontent don’t necessarily go together, it wasn’t from the old woman that I learned it.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Grace was sullen and proud, and not very easily won over to my purpose; but in order to win her liking, if possible, I gave a ready ear to all her discontented repinings.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • But there came a time when the male children grew to a certain age, before they were old and when they ceased to be children, and then they were filled with discontent.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • We have seen that in spite of her discontent with her parts, the Perichole knew very well the joy that might reside in acting and warmed herself from time to time at that flame.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • No, he said, it might make him discontented with Grover’s Corners to go traipsin’ about Europe; better let well enough alone, he says.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • It’s an almost comic recipe for greed and discontent.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • If we omit it now, some[2] Massanello may hereafter arise, who laying hold of popular disquietudes, may collect together the desperate and the discontented, and by assuming to themselves the powers of government, may sweep away the liberties of the continent like a deluge.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • While the reformers were at work I overheard muttered expostulations from several respectable gentlemen with red noses and wearing gouty shoes; and a ragged worthy, whose face looked like a hearth where the fire is burned out, now expressed his discontent more openly and boldly.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • As we drove him to the graveyard, the spoils of injustice, anarchy, discontent, and hatred were all around us.
    James Baldwin  --  Notes of a Native Son
  • The snow may be falling in the winter of my discontent, but at least I’ve got sarcastic company.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • On November 2, when Howe’s army was still at White Plains, an American staff officer named William Demont (whom Mackenzie referred to as William Diamond), turned traitor, defecting to the British from Fort Washington and bringing with him copies he had made of plans of the fort and the placement of cannon, as well as accounts of the mounting discontent and animosity between the rebels from New England and those from the South.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • It was about the worst outcome possible for my competitive wife: a town of contented also-rans.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • From what she could tell, Luke shared her sense of peace and contentment as well.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • He sighed contentedly.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • Mom came around the door, smiling, with Dad contentedly trailing her steps.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Robert had his arms around Maryse, who was leaning back against him, looking on proudly and contentedly as Magnus, one hand ruffling Alec’s hair, tried to convince Max to put on a party hat.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
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