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Possessions Quotes

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If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

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You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
- Khalil Gibran

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

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 (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

I am ME.
I am not my attachments.
I am not my possessions.
I am not the people in my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness resides not in possessions,
and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
- Democritus

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

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Of all our possessions, wisdom alone is imortal.
- Isocrates

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

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.
- Herodotus

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

In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons
around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.
- Max Lerner

It's time we permanently repeal the tax on possessions
that people leave to their children.
- Bill Nelson

We are not the sum of our possessions.
- George H. W. Bush

It is preoccupation with possessions,
more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
- Bertrand Russell

A free life cannot acquire many possessions,
because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
- Epicurus

Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil,
and the love of possessions is a disease in them.
- Sitting Bull

Their poverty secured their freedom,
since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
- Edward Gibbon

Culture and possessions, there is the bourgeoisie for you.
- Thomas Mann

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

All mankind...
being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life,
health, liberty or possessions.
- John Locke

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

I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent,
than in the extent of my power and possessions.
- Plutarch

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

Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions.
- Ambrose Bierce

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

Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived,
grief and loss accumulate like possessions.
- Stefan Kanfer

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

Men are not great or small because of their material possessions.
They are great or small because of what they are.
- James Cash Penney

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

After all my possessions had been burned,
God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.
- John Randolph

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

The United States have no possessions in the east and
do not desire to have any,
as other countries do.
- Townsend Harris

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

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

The possessions of the rich are stolen property.
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

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

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

The possessors of wealth can scarcely be indifferent to processes which,
nearly or remotely have been the fertile source of their possessions.
- Charles Babbage

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

All my possessions for a moment of time.
- Elizabeth I

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

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

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like
socialists when you can ignore them like wise men?
- Natalie Clifford Barney

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
- Orson Scott Card

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

Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions.
Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen.
- Mort Sahl

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

The Four Stages of Public Opinion
I (Just after publication): The novelty is absurd
and subversive of Religion and Morality.
The propounder both fool and knave.
II (Twenty years later): The Novelty is absolute Truth
and will yield a full and satisfactory
explanation of things in general -
The propounder a man of sublime genius and perfect virtue.
III (Forty years later): The Novelty won't explain
things in general after all, and therefore is a wretched failure.
The propounder a very ordinary person advertised by a clique.
IV (A century later): The Novelty a mixture of truth and error.
Explains as much as could reasonably be expected.
The propounder worthy of all honor
in spite of his share of human frailties,
as one who has added to the permanent possessions of science.
- Thomas Henry [T. H.] Huxley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine,
a possession for all time.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity
are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Every increased possession
loads us with a new weariness.
- John Ruskin

The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
- Albert Einstein

Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy.
- Lao Tzu

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law.
It's nine-tenths of the problem.
- John Lennon


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