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Goethe’s guide to: Contentment

I read all sorts of books, blogs and articles. There are so many good ideas, interesting facts and compelling words out there. Don’t you reckon?

While reading around recently, I came across Goethe’s nine requisites for contented living.* I loved them! Sage advice calling to us – or certainly me – from the early 19th century. And those requisites for contentment..? As follows:

Health enough to make work a pleasure;

Wealth enough to support your needs;

Strength enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;

Grace enough to confess your sins and overcome them;

Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished;

Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor;

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.


contentment. simple pleasures.

I don’t always have all these requisites by the way, but I work at it. How about you?

* Found through Brain Pickings and Explore – two excellent online spaces worth a regular squizz.

About Kathleen Murphy

Australian naturopath and freelance writer, based in Sydney. I love working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. I can be found at Uclinic | 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Ph: 02 9332 0400 |

2 responses »

  1. I think working at it is key. W never really arrive, because we make mistakes, and one of the mistakes is thinking we got something down totally. We can always grow and change. To work at it and practice is key!


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