Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.
Author: Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)
Profession: Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic
The son will run away from the family not at eighteen but at twelve, emancipated by his gluttonous precocity; he will fly not to seek heroic adventures, not to deliver a beautiful prisoner from a tower, not to immortalize a garret with sublime thoughts, but to found a business, to enrich himself and to compete with his infamous papa.
Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
Profession: French Poet
The best things in life aren't things.
Author: Art Buchwald
Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.
Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author
There is one advantage to having nothing, it never needs repair.
Author: Frank A. Clark
It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.
Author: Robert A. Cook
Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit.
Author: Guy Debord (1931)
Profession: French Philosopher
Our life on earth is, and ought to be, material and carnal. But we have not yet learned to manage our materialism and carnality properly; they are still entangled with the desire for ownership.
Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)
Profession: British Novelist, Essayist
We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them.
Author: Erich Fromm (1900-1980)
Profession: American Psychologist
Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader
We are the slaves of objects around us, and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand.
Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist
Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.
Author: Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)
Profession: Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright
Acquisition means life to miserable mortals.
Profession: Greek Poet
Materialism is the only form of distraction from true bliss.
Author: Doug Horton
The essence of worldliness is exclusion of God.
Author: Henry Jacobsen