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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.

Author: Hesiod

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