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When I behold what pleasure is Pursuit, / What life, what glorious eagerness it is, / Then mark how full Possession falls from this, / How fairer seems the blossom than the fruit... (Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

I don't want to own anything that won't fit into my coffin. (Fred Allen)

Wealth is thoughts, not things. (Robert G. Allen)

-The Triumph of the Egg...
People who have few possessions cling tightly to those they have. That is one of the facts that make life so discouraging. (Sherwood Anderson)

Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. (Aristotle)

My advice to whoever asks me how to make a home is to not have anything, just a few shelves for books, some pillows to sit on. And then, to take a stand against the ephemeral, against passing trends... and to return to lasting values. (Gae Aulenti)

Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours. (Marcus Aurelius)

Fortunately or unfortunately, I am a collage artist, and am finding a lot of junk potentially useful in the work so it just gets moved, not tossed. Ah, the downside of the creative soul. (Susan Avishai)

Wealth that you hoard is not yours; wealth that you have given is really yours. (Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

We've forgotten that we need very little, and so we buy so much. (Leo Babauta)

Happiness is doing - not having. (Mildred Barthel)

Are we the vessel, or are we the contents? Again, our culture would have us believe we are the vessel, the thing that accumulates possessions. But that is not where the dance of life takes place. (Nicoletta Baumeister)

Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire. (Wendell Berry)

mine, adj. Belonging to me if I can hold or seize it. (Ambrose Bierce)

property, n. Any material thing, having no particular value, that may be held by A against the cupidity of B. Whatever gratifies the passion for possession in one and disappoints it in all others. (Ambrose Bierce)

Today I've been practising gratitude for self-possession. (Eleanor Blair)

Who is content with nothing possesses all things. (Nicolas Boileau)

Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession. (Andre Breton)

Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living. (Emily Bronte)

I used to play one job and have 125 pair of shoes on the floor. What was I doing? I couldn't wear but one pair. (James Brown)

What has to be given up is not the I, but that drive for self-affirmation which impels man to flee from the unreliable, unsolid, unlasting, unpredictable, dangerous world of relation into the having of things. (Martin Buber)

The best things in life aren't things. (Art Buchwald)

We need to learn to let go as easily as we grasp or we will find our hands full and our minds empty. (Leo Buscaglia)

We are not the sum of our possessions. (George H.W. Bush)

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. (John Cage)

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled. (Andrew Carnegie)

Today is our most precious possession. It is our only sure possession. (Dale Carnegie)

See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession. (Robert Collier)

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert...
Man, you guys have a lot of material possessions. Just imagine if you took all the money you've spent on these things and traveled around the world with it, instead, or bought books and read them. (Eustace Conway)

The most important things in life aren't things. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

When you're around others who are compulsive you tend to get it. But you have to feel it's your own possession, your own thing. It's possible, I guess, to fall crazy in love with any darned thing. But you've got to make the first move. (Dr. Jack Dalhousie)

When an object is the result of considered thought, brilliant interpretation, and skilled craftsmanship, it is a treasure to own, to study, and to glory in possessing. (Henry O. Dormann)

And plenty makes us poor. (John Dryden)

Whoever prefers the material comforts of life over intellectual wealth is like the owner of a palace who moves into the servants' quarters and leaves the sumptuous rooms empty. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

The original owner of a stolen work may sue the present possessor for the recovery of the work. (Gil Edelson)

In order to possess what you do not possess / You must go by the way of dispossession. (T. S. Eliot)

All my possessions for a moment of time. (Queen Elizabeth I)

How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become – to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being. (Antoine de Saint Exupery)

There are tons of things in your home and life that you don't use, need, or even particularly want. They just came into your life as impulsive flotsam and jetsam and never found a good exit. Whether you're aware of it or not, this clutter creates indecision and distractions... (Timothy Ferriss)

What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you. (B. C. Forbes)

When I was 7, my proudest possession would have been my bookshelf 'cause I had alphabetized all of the books on my bookshelf. (Neil Gaiman)

Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth. (Mahatma Gandhi)

You can never have enough guitars. It's like women and shoes... it's nice to have different paints on your palette. (Dave Genn)

I have always found it a testament to the importance of painting that the first thing many people do when their home is on fire is to grab their paintings and then run out. (Robert Genn)

- History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , Vol. 1...
The value of money has been settled by general consent to express our wants and our property, as letters were invented to express our ideas; and both these institutions, by giving a more active energy to the powers and passions of human nature, have contributed to multiply the objects they were designed to represent. (Edward Gibbon)

Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. (Andre Gide)

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Find out the fewest material things you need to live. (Irwin Greenberg)

We truly possess only what we are able to renounce; otherwise, we are simply possessed by our possessions. (Sydney J. Harris)

Ask me not what I have, but what I am. (Heinrich Heine)

Sometimes when looking through my pile of drawings, I find an image that... awakens in me a passionate desire to inhabit it, as though I were to feel more at home in it than in myself. (Jean Helion)

All the past up to a moment ago is your legacy. You have a right to it. (Robert Henri)

A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession. (Hippocrates)

I don't see what else you can spend your money on... If you want to own things, art is a pretty good bet. (Damien Hirst)

Happiness doesn't depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel toward what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much. (William Dempster Hoard)

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left. (Hubert Humphrey)

If I still possessed it, he wrote, a young Toronto artist Lawren Harris wanted to buy it. If I still possessed it! I still possessed everything I had ever painted. (A. Y. Jackson)

I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. (Franz Kafka)

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have. (Ken S. Keyes Jr.)

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. (Aldo Leopold)

If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. (Charles A. Lindbergh)

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess. (Martin Luther)

I'm not a consumer. I hate buying clothes. I don't have a mobile. I just don't need things. I don't like things. (Yann Martel)

-Boy's Life
It seems to me that Mr. Sculley understood the very nucleus of existence, that he had kept his young eyes and young heart even though his body had grown old. He saw straight through to the cosmic order of things, and he knew that life is not held only in flesh and bone, but also in those objects - a good, faithful pair of shoes; a reliable car; a pen that always works; a bike that has taken you many a mile... (Robert R. McGammon)

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have. (Thomas Merton)

If a man finds himself with bread in both hands, he should exchange one loaf for some flowers of the narcissus, because the loaf feeds the body, but the the flowers feed the soul. (Muhammad)

-answer to the question, "What's the most indispensable item in your studio?...
My brushes, my cameras, and my willingness to use them. (James Nares)

People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it. (Ogden Nash)

It's my private mountain. It belongs to me. God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

All that is great cannot be possessed - and that is one of the most foolish things man goes on doing. We want to possess. (Osho)

Why should I go into details? We have nothing that is not perishable except what our hearts and our intellects endow us with. (Ovid)

We've got all these piles of stuff and we're still saying, 'I wonder if I'm okay?' (Judy Pfaff)

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. (Peace Pilgrim)

Tens of millions of people have iPods, whereas eight years ago, they didn't know they were missing them. (Daniel H. Pink)

-Golden Earrings, 1947...
You must never throw away things that are worth good money. (Abraham Polonsky)

From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man - the function of his reasoning mind. (Ayn Rand)

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one's life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important. (David Rockefeller)

Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft, wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest? (Rumi)

Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness. (John Ruskin)

Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

There must be more to life than having everything. (Maurice Sendak)

Losing one's coat is not as bad as losing oneself - unless you happen to be a dressmaker. (Herbert Siebner)

-attributed by Tom Dreeson on the Late Show with David Letterman, Mar. 30, 2009...
If you possess something but you can't give it away, then you don't possess it... it possesses you. (Frank Sinatra)

What a lot of things there are a man can do without. (Socrates)

To have read the greatest works of any great poet, to have beheld or heard the greatest works of any great painter or musician, is a possession added to the best things in life. (Algernon Charles Swinburne)

No one worth possessing can be quite possessed. (Sara Teasdale)

Thank God for the things that I do not own. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. (Mark Twain)

-Following the Equator...
Let us not be too particular. It is better to have old, second hand diamonds than none at all. (Mark Twain)

Buy land. They've stopped making it. (Mark Twain)

Junk is the stuff we throw away. Stuff is the junk we keep. (Frank Tyger)

It receives but does not keep. (Chuang Tzu)

Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything. (Morihei Ueshiba)

Americans have been conditioned to respect newness, whatever it costs them. (John Updike)

The aesthetic serviceability of objects of beauty is not greatly nor universally heightened by possession. (Thorstein Veblen)

I had the blues because I had no shoes, until upon the street I met a man who had no feet. (Denis Waitley)

You must learn to love only that which cannot be stolen. (Alice Walker)

-The Daybooks of Edward Weston...
I was extravagant in the matter of cameras - anything photographic - I had to have the best. But that was to further my work. In most things I have gone along with the plainest - or without. (Edward Weston)

There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. (Oscar Wilde)

If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough. (Oprah Winfrey)

I have an existential map; it has 'you are here' written all over it. (Steven Wright)

-Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back...
Mine! Mine! Mine! MINE!!! (Yoda)

It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference. (Zig Ziglar)


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