quotations about possessions
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world
JOHN LENNON, "Imagine"
The things you own end up owning you.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club
People who have few possessions cling tightly to those they have. That is one of the facts that make life so discouraging.
SHERWOOD ANDERSON, "The Egg", The Triumph of the Egg
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.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
Possession of anything begins in the mind.
BRUCE LEE, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
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! How many men of this sort you see stumbling along in life like a camel with his load! In fact you do not see the man himself--only the pack of his possessions on his back. He finds it hard work to squeeze through the needle's eye; and when he dies he is hardly missed; for that by which he was known--that of which he was the slave, and not the master--remains behind.
E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
Those that much covet are with gain so fond,
For what they have not, that which they possess
They scatter and unloose it from their bond,
And so, by hoping more, they have but less;
Or, gaining more, the profit of excess
Is but to surfeit, and such griefs sustain,
That they prove bankrupt in this poor-rich gain.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Rape of Lucrece
Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession, many.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Among my Books, New England Two Centuries Ago
To have so little, and it of so little value, was to be quaintly free.
WALLACE STEGNER, All the Little Live Things
That honors and possessions are also bestowed by the devil, is known; because for that reason he is called the prince of the world. Now as it is unknown when honors and possessions are blessings, and when they are curses.
EMANUEL SWEDENBORG, Angelic Wisdom concerning the Divine Providence
The belongings people accumulate throughout their lives will always own them. People seem to think if they had more they'd be happier or freer, but their possessions only chain them to the earth.
SARAH NOFFKE, Awoken
I die--but first I have possess'd,
And come what may, I have been bless'd.
LORD BYRON, The Giaour
Already, in the last few decades, you have realized the utter futility of of encumbering yourselves with superfluous possessions that have no useful virtue, but which, for various sentimental reasons, you continue to hoard, thus lessening your life's efficiency by using for it time and attention that should have been applied to the practical work of life's accomplishments.
CLARE WINGER HARRIS, The Dreaming Sex: Early Tales of Scientific Imagination by Women
When the grave shall have swallowed me up, when darkness and silence come upon me, what will then remain of my earthly possessions?
CHRISTOPH CHRISTIAN STURM, Reflections on the Works of God and of His Providence Throughout All Nature
He that sets not his heart on what he possesses, forsaketh all things, though he keep his possessions.
FRANCIS QUARLES, Enchiridion Institutions
Wealth is not an absolute. It is relative to desire. Every time we yearn for something we cannot afford, we grow poorer, whatever our resources. And every time we feel satisfied with what we have, we can be counted as rich, however little we may actually possess.
ALAIN DE BOTTON, Status Anxiety
That what we have we prize not to the worth
Whiles we enjoy it, but being lack'd and lost,
Why, then we rack the value, then we find
The virtue that possession would not show us
While it was ours.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Much Ado About Nothing
Possession means to sit astride the world
Instead of having it astride of you.
CHARLES KINGSLEY, Saint's Tragedy
What we wear, eat, dwell in, drive, and use all express who we are and what we are. Possessions are symbolic expressions of ourselves.
LUKE TIMOTHY JOHNSON, Sharing Possessions: Mandate and Symbol of Faith
I have less stuff than most people, and yet, I still feel I have too much and it drives me crazy. I do not understand how people feel like they need to hang on to so many possessions. I'm surprised they haven't succumbed to "stuffocation" -- being suffocated by stuff. I definitely admire the minimalists.
STEPHANIE HAINES, "More isn't always better", Greenfield Reporter, May 4, 2016