Quotes and Sayings about Possession



"The ultimate end of education is happiness or a good human life, a life enriched by the possession of every kind of good, by the enjoyment of every type of satisfaction."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Education, Happiness, Life, End, Enjoyment, Possession, Satisfaction)

"After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Related: Wisdom, God, Possessions)

"Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Time, Desire, Possession, Self, Succeed)

"Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could."
- Barbara de Angelis
(Related: Love, Force, Joy, Possession)

"Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Hesitation, Man, Possession)

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
- Jane Austen
(Related: Wife, Truth, Fortune, Man, Possession, Want)

"The possessors of wealth can scarcely be indifferent to processes which, nearly or remotely have been the fertile source of their possessions."
- Charles Babbage
(Related: Wealth, Possessions)

"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows."
- Gaston Bachelard
(Related: Soul, Being, Body, Night, Possession, Rest, Shadows, Sleep)

"Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Soul, Patience, Possession)

"Indeed, whenever a new idea is developed, as for example ballooning, warfare immediately takes possession."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Idea, Example, Possession)

"These wars appear also to have given its death blow to colonialism and to imperialism in its colonial form, under which weaker peoples were treated as possessions to be economically exploited. At least we hope that such colonialism is on the way out."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Death, Hope, Possessions)

"No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: People, Culture, Possession)

"I personally think intellectual property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different natural economy than intellectual goods. It's a tricky thing to try to own something that remains in your possession even after you give it to many others."
- John Perry Barlow
(Related: Economy, Possession, Property)

"Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men?"
- Natalie Clifford Barney
(Related: Men, Possessions)

"They took their meals together; and it was remarked on such occasions, when the friendship of animals is put to a hard test, that they never quarrelled or disputed the possession of a favourite fruit with each other."
- Henry Walter Bates
(Related: Friendship, Animals, Possession)

"Clothes should look as if a woman was born into them. It is a form of possession, this belonging to one another."
- Geoffrey Beene
(Related: Clothes, Possession, Woman)

"Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: Death, Life, Loss, Possession, Shadow, Sun)

"Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Imagination, Possessions)

"Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Possession)

"The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world."
- Max Born
(Related: Truth, Belief, Evil, Possession, World)

"We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties."
- Anna C. Brackett
(Related: Possessions)

"Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession."
- Andre Breton
(Related: Art, Science, Desire, Nothing, Possession, Will)

"Meek wifehood is no part of my profession; I am your friend, but never your possession."
- Vera Brittain
(Related: Friend, Possession, Profession)

"A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender."
- Thomas Browne
(Related: Truth, Man, May, Possession, Surrender)

"Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession."
- Pearl S. Buck
(Related: Men, Women, Possession, World)

"If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge our possessions or to raise our station in society, then Mythology has no claim to the appellation."
- Thomas Bulfinch
(Related: Society, Knowledge, Mythology, Possessions)

"Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possessions is a disease in them."
- Sitting Bull
(Related: Love, Disease, Mind, Possessions)

"The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it."
- Anthony Burgess
(Related: Possession, Reading)

"We are not the sum of our possessions."
- George H. W. Bush
(Related: Possessions)

"Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself - a force that works against man or, against God, if you will."
- Eric Butterworth
(Related: God, Consciousness, Devil, Force, Man, Possession, Spirits, Thinking, Will)

"The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Love, Desire, Possession)

"Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Possessions, Words)

"Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Hope, Man, Possession, World)

"The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled."
- Andrew Carnegie
(Related: Ability, Man, May, Mind, Possession)

"At my age, I realize that my most precious possession is time, and I've got too much unfinished work to do to spend even a minute talking about myself."
- Benny Carter
(Related: Work, Age, Time, Possession, Talking)

"The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Wealth, Possession)

"Base Ball, to be played thoroughly, requires the possession of muscular strength, great agility, quickness of eye, readiness of hand, and many other faculties of mind and body that mark the man of nerve."
- Henry Chadwick
(Related: Strength, Body, Eye, Man, Mind, Possession)

"One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises."
- Chanakya
(Related: Knowledge, Wealth, Books, Possession)

"Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future."
- Coco Chanel
(Related: Adolescence, Elegance, Future, Possession)

"He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain - no matter what - after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods."
- Kate Chopin
(Related: Gods, Painting, Pleasure, Possessions)

"If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven."
- Jesus Christ
(Related: Heaven, Poor, Possessions, Treasure, Want, Will)

"Freedom is a possession of inestimable value."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Freedom, Possession, Value)

"Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Abuse, Liberty, Nothing, Possession)

"Neither can men, by the same principles, be considered as lands, goods, or houses, among possessions. It is necessary that all property should be inferiour to its possessor. But how does the slave differ from his master, but by chance?"
- Thomas Clarkson
(Related: Men, Chance, Houses, Possessions, Principles, Property)

"If I steal money from any person, there may be no harm done from the mere transfer of possession; he may not feel the loss, or it may prevent him from using the money badly. But I cannot help doing this great wrong towards Man, that I make myself dishonest."
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Related: Money, Harm, Help, Loss, Man, May, Possession, Wrong)

"As for September 11, let us not too easily grant the Americans possession of that date on the calendar. Like May 1 or July 14 or December 25, September 11 may seem full of significance to some people, while to other people it is just another day."
- J. M. Coetzee
(Related: People, Americans, Day, December, July, May, Possession)

"Sin is basically a denial of God's right of possession."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: God, Denial, Possession, Right, Sin)

"See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession."
- Robert Collier
(Related: Possession, Want)

"I suppose my little Martin acoustic guitar is quickly becoming a prize possession. It's a lovely guitar. I bought it at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2001 before I had cleaned up."
- Graham Coxon
(Related: Folk, Guitar, Martin, Possession)

"I draw from my family and my friends and I feel like that small-town person. The achievements, the materialistic possessions have really become to mean less. They mean nothing."
- Sheryl Crow
(Related: Family, Friends, Nothing, Possessions)

"Treasure your relationships, not your possessions."
- Anthony J. D'Angelo
(Related: Possessions, Relationships, Treasure)

"Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul."
- Democritus
(Related: Happiness, Soul, Gold, Possessions)

"Americans are uneasy with their possessions, guilty about power, all of which is difficult for Europeans to perceive because they are themselves so truly materialistic, so versed in the uses of power."
- Joan Didion
(Related: Power, Americans, Possessions)

"The shortage of buyers, which the world is suffering from, is readily understood, not as due to people not wishing to obtain possession of goods, but as people being unwilling to part with something which might earn a regular income in exchange for those goods."
- Paul Dirac
(Related: People, Being, Income, Possession, Suffering, Wishing, World)

"Real politics are the possession and distribution of power."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Politics, Power, Possession)

"Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Marriage, Time, Ownership, Possession, Practice)

"Truth is the greatest of all national possessions. A state, a people, a system which suppresses the truth or fears to publish it, deserves to collapse."
- Kurt Eisner
(Related: Truth, People, Possessions, State)

"An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit."
- Pliny the Elder
(Related: Charm, Possession, Pursuit)

"All my possessions for a moment of time."
- Elizabeth I
(Related: Time, Possessions)

"People who get through life dependent on other people's possessions are always the first to lecture you on how little possessions count."
- Ben Elton
(Related: Life, People, First, Possessions)

"Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Time, Possession)

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants."
- Epictetus
(Related: Wealth, Possessions)

"A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs."
- Epicurus
(Related: Life, Possessions)

"Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship."
- Epicurus
(Related: Friendship, Wisdom, Possession)

"Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss."
- Epicurus
(Related: Loss, Possession)

"Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature, whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed."
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Related: Nature, Nothing, Possession, Profit)

"The wavering mind is but a base possession."
- Euripides
(Related: Mind, Possession)

"Humanity may endure the loss of everything; all its possessions may be turned away without infringing its true dignity - all but the possibility of improvement."
- Johann Gottlieb Fichte
(Related: Possibility, Dignity, Humanity, Improvement, Loss, May, Possessions)

"Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Religion, Generosity, Possession, Race, Self)

"Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Joy, Nothingness, Possessions, Service, Spirit)

"It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment."
- Carl Friedrich Gauss
(Related: Knowledge, Act, Enjoyment, Learning, Possession)

"Most men have always wanted as much as they could get; and possession has always blunted the fine edge of their altruism."
- Katherine Fullerton Gerould
(Related: Men, Altruism, Possession)

"I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Happiness, Friendship, Sex, Being, Desire, Passion, Possession, Rest, Tenderness)

"Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Freedom, Possessions, Poverty)

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Possessions)

"Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you."
- Andre Gide
(Related: Giving, Possession)

"Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Feelings, Heart, Earth, Possession)

"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."
- Bob Graham
(Related: Destruction, Possession, Production, Weapons, Years)

"Riches do not delight us so much with their possession, as torment us with their loss."
- Dick Gregory
(Related: Delight, Loss, Possession)

"I don't know much about football but everyone seems to say that it is all about possession."
- Julie Harris
(Related: Football, Possession)

"One's religion is one's own possession and he has a right to it."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Religion, Possession, Right)

"The United States have no possessions in the east and do not desire to have any, as other countries do."
- Townsend Harris
(Related: Countries, Desire, Possessions, states, United)

"In comparison with other men of their time, the Americans were distinguished by the possession of new political and social ideas, which were destined to be the foundation of the American commonwealth."
- Albert Bushnell Hart
(Related: Men, Time, Ideas, American, Americans, Possession)

"Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Hope, Possession)

"Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it."
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Related: Life, Soul, Animals, Body, Possession, Right, Will)

"Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone. Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties, genius will manifest itself."
- Robert Henri
(Related: Genius, Growth, Play, Possession, Will)

"Of all possessions a friend is the most precious."
- Herodotus
(Related: Friend, Possessions)

"The real duty of man is not to extend his power or multiply his wealth beyond his needs, but to enrich and enjoy his imperishable possession: his soul."
- Gilbert Highet
(Related: Power, Soul, Wealth, Duty, Man, Needs)

"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Power, Lie, Lies, Possession)

"When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Truth, Possession)

"Dissatisfaction with possession and achievement is one of the requisites to further achievement."
- John Hope
(Related: Achievement, Possession)

"God saw fit, for wise reasons to allow the people of Israel thus to make and possess slaves; but is this any license to us to enslave any of our fellow-men, to kill any of our fellow-men whom we please and are able to destroy, and take possession of their estates?"
- Samuel Hopkins
(Related: God, People, Israel, Possession)

"How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear, and if there were ever any records of this kind the Church would hardly allow them to become public."
- Harry Houdini
(Related: Church, Possession, Public, Secrets)

"I was just then going through a healthy reaction from the orthodoxy of my youth; religion had become for me not so much a possession as an obsession, which I was trying to throw off, and this iconoclastic tale of an imaginary tribe was the result."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Religion, Obsession, Possession, Result, Trying, Youth)

"Disarm, disarm. The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession."
- Julia Ward Howe
(Related: Balance, Blood, Justice, Murder, Possession, Violence)

"When the unwelcome little unborn shall have seen the light my brain will be lightened, and I shall have a clearer mind. Thank God that even this weary nine months shall come to an end and leave me in possession of my own body and my own soul."
- Julia Ward Howe
(Related: God, Soul, Body, End, Light, Mind, Months, Possession, Will)

"This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society."
- David Hume
(Related: Society, Friends, Possessions)

"Of all our possessions, wisdom alone is imortal."
- Isocrates
(Related: Wisdom, Possessions)

"To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own."
- Henry James
(Related: Possession)

"Some day the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!"
- Mother Jones
(Related: Day, Possession, Will, Workers)

"I was a little nervous backstage. But I had this book, Gandhi. I just read his quotes, closed my eyes and focused my thoughts. Presently, this book is my prized possession."
- Nafisa Joseph
(Related: Thoughts, Eyes, Possession, Quotes)

"Every man judges his own happiness and satisfaction with life in terms of his possession or lack of possession of those things that he considers worthwhile and valuable."
- Meir Kahane
(Related: Happiness, Life, Judges, Man, Possession, Satisfaction)

"Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived, grief and loss accumulate like possessions."
- Stefan Kanfer
(Related: Life, Grief, Loss, Possessions)

"This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers: they treat the text as a part of themselves, as a possession."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: Literature, Possession)

"I would also point out that many governments that chose not to support this war - certainly, the French president, Jacques Chirac, as I recall in April of last year, referred to Iraq's possession of WMD."
- David Kay
(Related: War, April, Iraq, Possession, President, Support)

"I have two luxuries to brood over in my walks, your loveliness and the hour of my death. O that I could have possession of them both in the same minute."
- John Keats
(Related: Death, Possession)

"Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition."
- Eli Khamarov
(Related: Poets, Possession, Soldiers, Words)

"But when I direct I become possessed, a possession I've never quite understood."
- Ted Kotcheff
(Related: Possession)

"I grew with it, and I used to go to see the monks, who had no possessions, even more extreme than my mother."
- Satish Kumar
(Related: Mother, Extreme, Possessions)

"A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions."
- Christopher Lasch
(Related: Lie, Appetite, Desire, Ownership, Possessions)

"The possession of anything begins in the mind."
- Bruce Lee
(Related: Mind, Possession)

"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."
- John Lennon
(Related: Music, People, Possession)

"Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem."
- John Lennon
(Related: Law, Possession)

"In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions."
- Max Lerner
(Related: Civilization, Possessions)

"It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth."
- John Locke
(Related: Truth, Error, Man, Possession)

"All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions."
- John Locke
(Related: Health, Life, Being, Harm, Liberty, Mankind, Possessions)

"The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: Independence, Possession, states, United, World)

"The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider... the riders contend for its possession."
- Martin Luther
(Related: God, Burden, Possession, Satan, Will, Wishes)

"Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions."
- James Madison
(Related: Power, Excess, Man, Opinions, Possessions, Property)

"Every time I took a long leave from home, I felt as if I were going to conquer the world. Or rather, take possession of what is my birthright, my inheritance."
- Ella Maillart
(Related: Time, Home, Inheritance, Possession, World)

"It is true that the aristocracies seem to have abused their monopoly of legal knowledge; and at all events their exclusive possession of the law was a formidable impediment to the success of those popular movements which began to be universal in the western world."
- Henry James Sumner Maine
(Related: Legal, Success, Knowledge, Events, Law, Popular, Possession, World)

"Culture and possessions, there is the bourgeoisie for you."
- Thomas Mann
(Related: Culture, Possessions)

"There have been few things in my life which have had a more genial effect on my mind than the possession of a piece of land."
- Harriet Martineau
(Related: Life, Effect, Land, Mind, Possession)

"Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind."
- Daphne du Maurier
(Related: Happiness, Quality, Thought, Mind, Possession, State)

"Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Knowledge, Control, Authority, Enemy, Misfortune, Possession)

"Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give."
- David O. McKay
(Related: Choice, Earth, Freedom, Possession)

"And, of course, it must be asked: is it proper to transact with the Turks for the most reassured of Greek possessions when Greece is under Turkish invasion and subjugation?"
- Melina Mercouri
(Related: Greece, Possessions)

"Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity."
- George Meredith
(Related: Obligation, Possession)

"The possession of land seems to be a greater gratification to the pride and independence of men."
- George Richards Minot
(Related: Men, Independence, Land, Possession, Pride)

"At last the best of artisans ordained that that creature to whom He had been able to give nothing proper to himself should have joint possession of whatever had been peculiar to each of the different kinds of being."
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
(Related: Being, Nothing, Possession)

"At no time are we ever in such complete possession of a journey, down to its last nook and cranny, as when we are busy with preparations for it."
- Yukio Mishima
(Related: Time, Journey, Possession)

"The only thing I would like is to have more control of the game in terms of possession."
- Jose Mourinho
(Related: Control, Possession)

"In five years I have never had a match where my team has had less possession than the opponents."
- Jose Mourinho
(Related: Opponents, Possession, Years)

"Each of us have things and thoughts and descriptions of an amazing universe in our possession that kings in the 17th Century would have gone to war to possess."
- Kary Mullis
(Related: War, Thoughts, Kings, Possession, Universe)

"The greatest possession is self-possession."
- Ethel Watts Mumford
(Related: Possession, Self)

"It's time we permanently repeal the tax on possessions that people leave to their children."
- Bill Nelson
(Related: Time, People, Children, Tax, Possessions)

"The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery."
- Anais Nin
(Related: Knowledge, Mystery, Possession, Sense, Wonder)

"Considered now as a possession, one may define culture as the residuum of a large body of useless knowledge that has been well and truly forgotten."
- Albert J. Nock
(Related: Knowledge, Body, Culture, May, Possession)

"Great wealth took possession of the government. It was reflected in Mr. Harding's selection of a cabinet."
- George William Norris
(Related: Government, Wealth, Possession)

"It is not her body that he wants but it is only through her body that he can take possession of another human being, so he must labor upon her body, he must enter her body, to make his claim."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Being, Body, Labor, Possession)

"The possession of arbitrary power has always, the world over, tended irresistibly to destroy humane sensibility, magnanimity, and truth."
- Frederick Law Olmsted
(Related: Power, Truth, Possession, Sensibility, World)

"For a creative writer possession of the "truth" is less important than emotional sincerity."
- George Orwell
(Related: Possession, Sincerity, Writer)

"Men are not great or small because of their material possessions. They are great or small because of what they are."
- James Cash Penney
(Related: Men, Possessions)

"Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it."
- Pericles
(Related: Courage, Freedom, Possession)

"Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest."
- Peace Pilgrim
(Related: Care, Freedom, Living, Possessions, Simplicity)

"To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life - bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace."
- Peace Pilgrim
(Related: Life, Peace, Beliefs, Possessions)

"Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions."
- Peace Pilgrim
(Related: Age, Possessions, Usefulness)

"It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him."
- Max Planck
(Related: Happiness, Success, Truth, Possession)

"I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions."
- Plutarch
(Related: Power, Knowledge, Possessions)

"My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important."
- Sidney Poitier
(Related: Father, Class, Man, Poor, Possession, Race)

"The possessions of the rich are stolen property."
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
(Related: Possessions, Property)

"Reason is an action of the mind; knowledge is a possession of the mind; but faith is an attitude of the person. It means you are prepared to stake yourself on something being so."
- Michael Ramsey
(Related: Faith, Knowledge, Action, Attitude, Being, Mind, Possession, Reason)

"Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions."
- John Randolph
(Related: Time, Possessions)

"Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together."
- Robert Reich
(Related: Work, People, Financial, Ability, Possession)

"The repossession by women of our bodies will bring far more essential change to human society than the seizing of the means of production by workers."
- Adrienne Rich
(Related: Change, Society, Women, Production, Will, Workers)

"I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: Opportunity, Duty, Obligation, Possession, Responsibility, Right)

"Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: Opportunity, Duty, Obligation, Possession, Responsibility, Right)

"In the first place, when there is a policy of intentional aggression, inspired by a desire to get possession of the territory or the trade of another country, right or wrong, a pretext is always sought."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Policy, Aggression, Country, Desire, First, Possession, Right, Trade, Wrong)

"We are told that the possession of nuclear weapons - in some cases even the testing of these weapons - is essential for national security. But this argument can be made by other countries as well."
- Joseph Rotblat
(Related: Argument, Countries, National security, Possession, Testing, Weapons)

"The richness of the world, all artificial pleasures, have the taste of sickness and give off a smell of death in the face of certain spiritual possessions."
- Georges Rouault
(Related: Death, Possessions, Richness, Sickness, Spiritual, Taste, World)

"Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Possession)

"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Living, Possessions)

"Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen."
- Mort Sahl
(Related: Liberals, Possessions, Unworthy)

"The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal."
- Sallust
(Related: Virtue, Wealth, Glory, Possession)

"The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal."
- Sallust
(Related: Beauty, Superiority, Wealth, Fame, Possession)

"The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace."
- Carlos Santana
(Related: Peace, Heart, Open, Possession)

"Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions."
- George Santayana
(Related: Hope, Children, Man, Possessions)

"I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty."
- George Santayana
(Related: Wealth, Liberty, Possessions, World)

"Germany can generally only pay if the Corridor and Upper Silesia will be handed back to Germany from Polish possession, and if besides somewhere on the earth colonial territory will be made available to Germany."
- Hjalmar Schacht
(Related: Earth, Germany, Possession, Will)

"Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Life, Body, Fame, Name, Possessions)

"In a world of inhumanity, war and terrorism, American citizenship is a very precious possession."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: War, American, Citizenship, Possession, Terrorism, World)

"The first, that their pretensions to this possession of an art properly so called in their art of speaking are entirely unfounded; and the second, that they are involved in a profound mistake in their confusion of the good with the pleasant."
- Friedrich Schleiermacher
(Related: Art, Mistake, Confusion, First, Possession)

"Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Happiness, Time, Chance, Lent, May, Possession)

"When you look at it that way, you can see how absurd it is that we individualize ourselves with our fences and hoarded possessions."
- Morrie Schwartz
(Related: Possessions)

"I was one of those people who put too much emphasis on work and career and material possessions, and it took its toll on all my relationships, on my physical health, my emotional and mental health."
- Tony Shalhoub
(Related: Health, Work, People, Career, Mental health, Possessions, Relationships)

"It is a principle of our nature that feelings once excited turn readily from the object by which they are excited to some other object which may for the time being take possession of the mind."
- Matthew Simpson
(Related: Nature, Time, Feelings, Being, May, Mind, Possession)

"Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Perseverance, Attention, Observation, Old, Possession, Road, Understanding)

"Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession - a property entirely our own."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Knowledge, Labor, Possession, Property)

"A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor."
- Alexander Smith
(Related: Man, Memory, Nothing, Poor, Possession)

"If the egotist is weak, his egotism is worthless. If the egotist is strong, acute, full of distinctive character, his egotism is precious, and remains a possession of the race."
- Alexander Smith
(Related: Character, Egotism, Possession, Race)

"As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: People, Help, Past, Possession, Space)

"One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession."
- Sophocles
(Related: Friend, Kindness, Possession, Will)

"Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares well would be a friend better than any possession."
- Sophocles
(Related: Friend, Kindness, Possession)

"In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation."
- Robert South
(Related: Expectation, Man, Pleasure, Possession)

"Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving."
- W. Clement Stone
(Related: Abundance, Giving, Possessions, Will)

"Praise the Lord, O England's Jerusalem: and Netherland's Zion, praise ye the Lord! He hath secured your gates, and blessed your possessions with peace, even here, where the threatened torch of war was lighted."
- Peter Stuyvesant
(Related: War, Peace, England, Possessions, Praise)

"The design of those commissioners, frigates and warlike force is directed rather against Long Island and these your Honors' possessions, than to the imagined reform of New England."
- Peter Stuyvesant
(Related: Design, EnglForce, Possessions, Reform)

"Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom."
- Rabindranath Tagore
(Related: Love, Freedom, Possession)

"To have the truth in your possession you can be found guilty, sentenced to death."
- Peter Tosh
(Related: Death, Truth, Possession)

"I have commenced my auspicious reign and am in quiet possession of the Presidential Mansion... this winter I intend to do something in the way of entertaining that shall be the admiration and talk of all Washington world."
- Julia Gardiner Tyler
(Related: Admiration, Possession, Quiet, Talk, Washington, Winter, World)

"Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Health, Friend, Confidence, Contentment, Joy, Possession, Treasure)

"Well, they had a lot of the things they found in his possession. They had the map, you know, that marked the route of the parade. They had statements from the bus driver and the taxicab driver that hauled him somewhere."
- Henry Wade
(Related: Possession)

"Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession."
- George Washington
(Related: Experience, Enemy, Possession)

"The lands granted were in the occupancy of savages and situated in a wilderness, of which the government had never taken possession, and of which it could not with its own citizens ever have taken possession."
- William H. Wharton
(Related: Government, Possession, Wilderness)

"I have come slowly into possession of such powers as I have. I receive the opinions of my day. I do not conceive them. But I receive them into a vivid mind."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Day, Mind, Opinions, Possession)

"Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters."
- John Wooden
(Related: Winning, Eyes, Possessions)

"I sold my most valuable possession, but I knew that because I worked at Hewlett Packard, I could buy the next model calculator the very next month for a lower price than I sold the older one for!"
- Steve Wozniak
(Related: Possession)

"India profoundly changed my outlook on life because you see how people can be content and very happy with little or even no possessions. It's the reverse of the West."
- Gary Wright
(Related: Life, People, Content, Possessions)

"There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source."
- Brigham Young
(Related: Wisdom, Knowledge, Light, Possession)