Quotes and Sayings about Possessions



"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)

"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)

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

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

"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)

"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)

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

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

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

"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)

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

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

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

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)