“To be content with little is hard; to be content with much, impossible.”

— Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

One of the best summaries of human nature – often on full display this time of year – the more we have, the more we seem to think we need.

Maria von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) was an Austrian writer, best known for German-language novels with strong character development, and a solid grasp of human psychology – and although born into the aristocracy, she was equally adept at writing about the poor, and saw clearly the failing of her own social class.

She has the distinction of being the first women awarded an honorary degree from the University of Vienna, in 1900, and is also credited with one of my favorite quotes: “Even a stopped clock is right twice a day“.

And so I close with another of my favorite quotes of hers – one that I remind myself of whenever I get frustrated with some of what I see shared on social media:

“Have patience with the quarrelsomeness of the stupid. It is not easy to comprehend that one does not comprehend.”

Have a good week 🙂

Undated, unattributed, picture courtesy of Brittanica http://www.britannica.com/biography/Marie-Freifrau-von-Ebner-Eschenbach