He who has learned the limits of life knows that it is easy to provide that which removes the feeling of pain owing to want and makes one’s whole life perfect. So there is no need for things which involve struggle.
Wilson, Catherine. The Pleasure Principle: Epicureanism: A Philosophy for Modern Living (p. 243). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.
I feel as if I had escaped from a frantic and savage master. Unquestionably old age brings us profound repose and freedom from this and other passions.
Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
~ William Blake
“Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.”
“…always balanced against what I perceive as a perennial threat to well-being: that of wanting success too desperately.”
~ Christopher P. Jones / Medium
“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”
“He has the most who is most content with the least.”
“My daddy once told me that some of the most miserable people he ever knew were the ones that finally got what they’d always wanted.”
~ Cormac McCarthy / Cities of the Plain
“If happiness, or at least the absence of suffering, can be found, it is not the satisfaction, but the gradual reduction and the eventual extinction of desire that one should seek.”
~ Marcel Proust
“Counter temptation by remembering how much better will be the knowledge that you resisted.”
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.”
~ Marcus Aurelius
“The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
“You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.”
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
“To (children) who put their hand into a narrow necked earthen vessel and bring out figs and nuts, this happens; if they fill the hand, they cannot take it out, and then they cry. Drop a few of them and you will draw things out. And do you part with your desires: do not desire many things and you will have what you want. ”