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G.K. Chesterton on Contentment


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True contentment is a real, even an active, virtue - not only affirmative but creative. It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it.
All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
Being "contented" ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.
True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.
True contentment is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.

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