Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men?
Author: Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972)
Profession: American-born French Author
To the illumined man or woman, a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.
Author: Bhagavad Gita
Profession: Sanskrit Poem Incorporated Into the Mahabharata
Less is more.
Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)
Profession: British Poet
The best things in life aren't things.
Author: Art Buchwald
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.
Author: Joan Didion (1934)
Profession: American Essayist
The more we have the less we own.
Author: Meister Eckhart (1260-1326)
Profession: German Mystic
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury -- to me these have always been contemptible. I assume that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind
Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Profession: German-born American Physicist
Some men are born to own, and can animate all their possessions. Others cannot: their owning is not graceful; seems to be a compromise of their character: they seem to steal their own dividends.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?
Author: Erich Fromm (1900-1980)
Profession: American Psychologist
Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with rest; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm us.
Author: Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835)
Profession: German Statesman, Philologist
I do not have what I own, nor do I have what I do. I only have what I am.
Author: Trinidad Hunt
Whatever is not nailed down is mine. What I can pry loose is not nailed down.
Author: Collis P. Huntingdon
To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.
Author: Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995)
Profession: American Author
Once you have decided to keep a certain pile, it is no longer yours; for you can't spend it.
Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)
Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist
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.
Author: Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981)
Profession: American Peace Activist