Possessions Quotes

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We do not possess our home, our children, or even our own body. They are only given to us for a short while to treat with care and respect.
Possessions possess.
Those who own much have much to fear.


Things are in the saddle,
And ride mankind.


Complete possession is proved only by giving.
False values begin with the worship of things.

things worship

He who possesses most must be most afraid of loss.


Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
Expectation...quickens desire, while possession deadens it.


Possessions, for the terminally frightened, bring peace of mind.
If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.

inner peace

The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.


Many wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions.


An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.

charm pursuit

The creative impulses of men are always at war with their possessive impulses.


Nothing can be so perfect while we possess it as it will seem when remembered.
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.

detachment wealth

Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.

inner peace

In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions.
Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists, when you can ignore them like wise men?
It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.

responsibility rights

Most people seek after what they do not possess and are thus enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.
People who have few possessions cling tightly to those they have. That is one of the facts that make life so discouraging.
Possessions are mere transient effects that come when they are required, and after their purpose has been served, pass away.
If one's reputation is a possession, then of all my possessions, my reputation means most to me.  Nothing comes even close to it in importance.


Possessions delude the human heart into believing that they provide security and a worry-free existence, but in truth they are the very cause of worry.
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.
When I behold what pleasure is pursuit,
What life, what glorious eagerness it is,
Then mark how full possession falls from this,
How fairer seems the blossom than the fruit.


I like to walk about amidst 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.

things wealth

It is a curious fact that personal possessions take on fictitious values and exceptional charms when the owner, no matter how generous, is faced with giving them away or even selling them (which usually amounts to the same thing).
A man that simply loads himself down with possessions of which he has no actual need, when he dies slips out of them—as a little insect might slip out of some parasite shell into which it has ensconced itself—into the grave, and is forgotten.
People who know their worth can live austerely; it's the people nagged by the gnawing knowledge of their own cheapness who have that eternal necessity for submerging themselves in what they feel is superlative in material things, as if fine possessions could make them fine.
How many men you see in this world who have become merely the pack-horses of their own possessions; who go through life the veriest slaves to that which they toil for, wasting their health and strength, and, it may be, their higher powers—even  their consciences and souls—in the mere effort to accumulate!