Subjects — P

Possessions Quotations

Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men?

Less is more.

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.

The more we have the less we own.

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.

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.

If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?

Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with rest; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm us.

I do not have what I own, nor do I have what I do. I only have what I am.

Whatever is not nailed down is mine. What I can pry loose is not nailed down.