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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

Profession: Author

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