Though the prospect," says he, "of once more tasting the blessings of peaceful society, and passing days and nights under the calm guardianship of the laws, was not without its attractions; yet to those of us whose whole lives had been spent in the stirring excitement and perpetual watchfulness of adventures in the wilderness, the change was far from promising an increase of that contentment
and inward satisfaction most conducive to happiness.
Could men or plants but once elevate their thoughts to the vast scale of creation, it would teach them their own insignificance so plainly, would so unerringly make manifest the futility of complaints, and the immense disparity between time and eternity, as to render the useful lesson of contentment
as inevitable as it is important.
If there had been a possibility of making Adam tenfold amends--if deeds of gift, or any other deeds, could have restored Adam's contentment
and regard for him as a benefactor, Arthur would not only have executed them without hesitation, but would have felt bound all the more closely to Adam, and would never have been weary of making retribution.
The men appeared to her all coarse, the women all pert, everybody underbred; and she gave as little contentment
as she received from introductions either to old or new acquaintance.
Elizabeth did not quite equal her father in personal contentment
Ever prone to magnify Fate, George counted up the forces that had swept him into this contentment
Such high contentment
with such a slight initial performance as that of having started towards a means of independent living was a part of the Durbeyfield temperament.
But outsiders, you know, often see most of the game; and sitting in my arbor by the wayside, smoking my hookah of contentment
and eating the sweet lotus-leaves of indolence, I can look out musingly upon the whirling throng that rolls and tumbles past me on the great high-road of life.
What of the mode of service in which etiquette was replaced by order; stiff formality by personal, unrestrained comfort; the happiness and contentment
of the guest became the supreme law of all who obeyed the host?
too, and threw his plate out on the bank; and, three minutes later than that, Montmorency gave the first sign of contentment
he had exhibited since we had started, and rolled over on his side, and spread his legs out; and then I said, "Ah
There lies antique beauty, not corpse-like even in death, but arrested in the complete contentment
of its sensuous perfection: and here stands beauty in its breathing life, with the consciousness of Christian centuries in its bosom.
Now that she is here she remains for a time, and though she is in the arm-chair by the fire, where she sits bolt upright (she loved to have cushions on the unused chairs, but detested putting her back against them), and I am bent low over my desk, I know that contentment
and pity are struggling for possession of her face: contentment
wins when she surveys her room, pity when she looks at me.
Our modest income is amply sufficient for our requirements: and by practising the economy we learnt in harder times, and never attempting to imitate our richer neighbours, we manage not only to enjoy comfort and contentment
ourselves, but to have every year something to lay by for our children, and something to give to those who need it.
Strangely enough, everything about it was shaggy, although so new and beautiful, and he sighed with contentment
to realize that he could now be finely dressed and still be the shaggy man.
Even in the glassless upper windows was an expression of peace and contentment
, due to the light within.