“The Fountain of Content Must Spring Up in the Mind.”

“The fountain of content must spring up in the mind…he who has so little knowledge of human nature, as to seek happiness by changing any thing but his own dispositions, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the griefs which he purposes to remove.”

— Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 6

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  • Sarah Spitz

    Very true!

    I am sitting here battling the oncoming big-city-fall blues, and have to remind myself over and over again that being content has to start within me, not in the weather.

    Love from Germany,



    • Zupamum

      I love what you said about contentment starting with you! I am working on that notion in my own life!

  • Sharon whalen

    There are times when I get overwhelmed by things that need to be done, or problems, big or small. I try to keep in mind one of my favorite quotes for keeping things in perspective. It is from Socrates: “If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.”

    • Natalie

      Oh, that is awesome!

      • Victoria

        That really is awesome! It actually brought tears to my eyes!

  • Zupamum

    I work in a team environment where I feel some people are not pulling their weight while others like myself I feel are working our butts off! I become very negative, frustrated and find myself openly complaining! I realize I am only hurting myself by doing this, but I am having a difficult time letting it go, it causes me a lot of grief and despair! Any suggestions that will help me!

  • rubyratt

    This is true! I find this so difficult to correct…..and I’m the only one who can.


    I’m so late in the game, as in I now only discovered your wonderful happiness blog.

    Brilliant. I’m a fan now http://www.bonvoyagemagazine.com
    Thank you. And please bring back your happiness interviews!!

  • Oldartgal

    Learning from Abraham-Hicks and Wayne Dyer and Martin Seligman and others that I can change my life by choosing which thoughts to nurture and which to encourage on their way has brought me into the happiest period of my life and proven to me that there is hope to be a better and more productive and more contented me. I am so grateful!

  • Randee Bulla

    I absolutely agree that being happy really does come from working on how you view any given situation, whether in brief moments or in your overall life. However, I also believe that changing things around you also brings happiness. I, for one, have found great happiness in both adjusting my thought processes after dealing with things nobody should have to deal with, as well as making daily decisions to get the vision of how I want my life to be to become my reality.

  • Jeanne

    This is so true. We have been heavily conditioned to think that happiness is circumstance dependent, when it is actually always a choice.

  • jennie

    I love this quote it just confirms the “Be Jennie” concept. I am taking a class that focuses on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignasius and our leader always says when we worry about others or talks about how we want to change someone “God loves them more than you do.”

  • Ginger Horton

    Great quote!