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Possessions quotes and quotations

The wise man carries his possessions within him.
Bias

The English, a spirited nation, claim the empire of the sea; the French, a calmer nation, claim that of the air.
Louis XVIII

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.
Charles Mackay

Possession is eleven points in the law.
Colley Cibber

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.
John Ruskin

To have little is to possess.
To have plenty is to be perplexed.
Lao-tzu

Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.
Marcel Proust

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.
Terence

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.
Bible

The proud daughter of that monarch to whom when it grows [elsewhere] the sun never sets.
Giambattista Guarini

Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?
George Herbert

Possession means to sit astride the world Instead of having it astride of you.
Charles Kingsley

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?
Bible

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.
Bible

That possession was the strongest tenure of the law.
Bidpai

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.
Thomas Gage

Exclusive property is a theft against nature.
Bidpai

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!
Thomas Carlyle

Of a rich man who was mean and niggardly, he said, "That man does not possess his estate, but his estate possesses him."
Laertius Diogenes

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.
Lord Byron

Britannia needs no bulwarks No towers along the steep; Her march is o'er the mountain wave, Her home is on the deep.
Thomas Campbell

Property has its duties as well as its rights.
Thomas Drummond

For what one has in black and white, One can carry home in comfort.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe