Possessions quotes and quotations
The wise man carries his possessions within him.
The English, a spirited nation, claim the empire of the sea; the French, a calmer nation, claim that of the air.
Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession, many.
James Russell Lowell
Cleon hath ten thousand acres,-- Ne'er a one have I; Cleon dwelleth in a place,-- In a cottage I.
Possession is eleven points in the law.
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.
To have little is to possess.
To have plenty is to be perplexed.
Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
Pliny the Younger
I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.
It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.
Vida D. Scudder
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
The proud daughter of that monarch to whom when it grows [elsewhere] the sun never sets.
Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?
Possession means to sit astride the world Instead of having it astride of you.
It is said, that the thing you possess is worth more than two you may have in the future. The one is sure and the other is not.
Jean de la Fontaine
Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
This is the truth as I see it, my dear, Out in the wind and the rain: They who have nothing have little to fear, Nothing to lose or to gain.
Madison Julius Cawein
What is dishonorably got, is dishonorably squandered.
Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
That possession was the strongest tenure of the law.
My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, "Good fences make good neighbors."
Robert Lee Frost
It may be said of them [the Hollanders], as of the Spaniards, that the sun never sets upon their Dominions.
Exclusive property is a theft against nature.
Providence has given to the French the empire of the land, to the English that of the sea, to the Germans that of--the air!
Of a rich man who was mean and niggardly, he said, "That man does not possess his estate, but his estate possesses him."
When we have not what we love, we must love what we have.
Roger de Bussy-Rabutin
I die,--but first I have possess'd, And come what may, I have been bless'd.
Britannia needs no bulwarks No towers along the steep; Her march is o'er the mountain wave, Her home is on the deep.
Property has its duties as well as its rights.
For what one has in black and white, One can carry home in comfort.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe