Quotations on Possession

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An anxious unrest, a fierce craving desire for gain has taken possession of the commercial world, and in instances no longer rare the most precious and permanent goods of human life have been madly sacrificed in the interests of momentary enrichment.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Life, Desire, Gain, Possession, World)

The ultimate end of education is happiness or a good human life, a life enriched by the possession of every kind of good, by the enjoyment of every type of satisfaction.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Education, Happiness, Life, End, Enjoyment, Possession, Satisfaction)

Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self.
- Samuel Alexander
(Keywords: Time, Desire, Possession, Self, Succeed)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Wife, Truth, Fortune, Man, Possession, Want)

The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.
- Gaston Bachelard
(Keywords: Soul, Being, Body, Night, Possession, Rest, Shadows, Sleep)

I personally think intellectual property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different natural economy than intellectual goods. It's a tricky thing to try to own something that remains in your possession even after you give it to many others.
- John Perry Barlow
(Keywords: Economy, Possession, Property)

Clothes should look as if a woman was born into them. It is a form of possession, this belonging to one another.
- Geoffrey Beene
(Keywords: Clothes, Possession, Woman)

Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.
- Hilaire Belloc
(Keywords: Death, Life, Loss, Possession, Shadow, Sun)

The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world.
- Max Born
(Keywords: Truth, Belief, Evil, Possession, World)

Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.
- Andre Breton
(Keywords: Art, Science, Desire, Nothing, Possession, Will)

Meek wifehood is no part of my profession; I am your friend, but never your possession.
- Vera Brittain
(Keywords: Friend, Possession, Profession)

A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender.
- Thomas Browne
(Keywords: Truth, Man, May, Possession, Surrender)

Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession.
- Pearl S. Buck
(Keywords: Men, Women, Possession, World)

Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself - a force that works against man or, against God, if you will.
- Eric Butterworth
(Keywords: God, Consciousness, Devil, Force, Man, Possession, Spirits, Thinking, Will)

Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Hope, Man, Possession, World)

At my age, I realize that my most precious possession is time, and I've got too much unfinished work to do to spend even a minute talking about myself.
- Benny Carter
(Keywords: Work, Age, Time, Possession, Talking)

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Freedom, Possession, Value)

If I steal money from any person, there may be no harm done from the mere transfer of possession; he may not feel the loss, or it may prevent him from using the money badly. But I cannot help doing this great wrong towards Man, that I make myself dishonest.
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Keywords: Money, Harm, Help, Loss, Man, May, Possession, Wrong)

Sin is basically a denial of God's right of possession.
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Keywords: God, Denial, Possession, Right, Sin)

The shortage of buyers, which the world is suffering from, is readily understood, not as due to people not wishing to obtain possession of goods, but as people being unwilling to part with something which might earn a regular income in exchange for those goods.
- Paul Dirac
(Keywords: People, Being, Income, Possession, Suffering, Wishing, World)

Marriage as an institution developed from rape as a practice. Rape, originally defined as abduction, became marriage by capture. Marriage meant the taking was to extend in time, to be not only use of but possession of, or ownership.
- Andrea Dworkin
(Keywords: Marriage, Time, Ownership, Possession, Practice)

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.
- Pliny the Elder
(Keywords: Charm, Possession, Pursuit)

Nowadays the rage for possession has got to such a pitch that there is nothing in the realm of nature, whether sacred or profane, out of which profit cannot be squeezed.
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Keywords: Nature, Nothing, Possession, Profit)

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Religion, Generosity, Possession, Race, Self)

I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Happiness, Friendship, Sex, Being, Desire, Passion, Possession, Rest, Tenderness)

We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.
- Bob Graham
(Keywords: Destruction, Possession, Production, Weapons, Years)

One's religion is one's own possession and he has a right to it.
- Paul Harris
(Keywords: Religion, Possession, Right)

Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it.
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Keywords: Life, Soul, Animals, Body, Possession, Right, Will)

Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone. Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties, genius will manifest itself.
- Robert Henri
(Keywords: Genius, Growth, Play, Possession, Will)

How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear, and if there were ever any records of this kind the Church would hardly allow them to become public.
- Harry Houdini
(Keywords: Church, Possession, Public, Secrets)

I was just then going through a healthy reaction from the orthodoxy of my youth; religion had become for me not so much a possession as an obsession, which I was trying to throw off, and this iconoclastic tale of an imaginary tribe was the result.
- Laurence Housman
(Keywords: Religion, Obsession, Possession, Result, Trying, Youth)

Disarm, disarm. The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
- Julia Ward Howe
(Keywords: Balance, Blood, Justice, Murder, Possession, Violence)

When the unwelcome little unborn shall have seen the light my brain will be lightened, and I shall have a clearer mind. Thank God that even this weary nine months shall come to an end and leave me in possession of my own body and my own soul.
- Julia Ward Howe
(Keywords: God, Soul, Body, End, Light, Mind, Months, Possession, Will)

Some day the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!
- Mother Jones
(Keywords: Day, Possession, Will, Workers)

I was a little nervous backstage. But I had this book, Gandhi. I just read his quotes, closed my eyes and focused my thoughts. Presently, this book is my prized possession.
- Nafisa Joseph
(Keywords: Thoughts, Eyes, Possession, Quotes)

Every man judges his own happiness and satisfaction with life in terms of his possession or lack of possession of those things that he considers worthwhile and valuable.
- Meir Kahane
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Judges, Man, Possession, Satisfaction)

I would also point out that many governments that chose not to support this war - certainly, the French president, Jacques Chirac, as I recall in April of last year, referred to Iraq's possession of WMD.
- David Kay
(Keywords: War, April, Iraq, Possession, President, Support)

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov
(Keywords: Poets, Possession, Soldiers, Words)

The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Keywords: Independence, Possession, states, United, World)

The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider... the riders contend for its possession.
- Martin Luther
(Keywords: God, Burden, Possession, Satan, Will, Wishes)

Every time I took a long leave from home, I felt as if I were going to conquer the world. Or rather, take possession of what is my birthright, my inheritance.
- Ella Maillart
(Keywords: Time, Home, Inheritance, Possession, World)

It is true that the aristocracies seem to have abused their monopoly of legal knowledge; and at all events their exclusive possession of the law was a formidable impediment to the success of those popular movements which began to be universal in the western world.
- Henry James Sumner Maine
(Keywords: Legal, Success, Knowledge, Events, Law, Popular, Possession, World)

Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.
- Daphne du Maurier
(Keywords: Happiness, Quality, Thought, Mind, Possession, State)

The possession of land seems to be a greater gratification to the pride and independence of men.
- George Richards Minot
(Keywords: Men, Independence, Land, Possession, Pride)

In five years I have never had a match where my team has had less possession than the opponents.
- Jose Mourinho
(Keywords: Opponents, Possession, Years)

Each of us have things and thoughts and descriptions of an amazing universe in our possession that kings in the 17th Century would have gone to war to possess.
- Kary Mullis
(Keywords: War, Thoughts, Kings, Possession, Universe)

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin
(Keywords: Knowledge, Mystery, Possession, Sense, Wonder)

The possession of arbitrary power has always, the world over, tended irresistibly to destroy humane sensibility, magnanimity, and truth.
- Frederick Law Olmsted
(Keywords: Power, Truth, Possession, Sensibility, World)

My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important.
- Sidney Poitier
(Keywords: Father, Class, Man, Poor, Possession, Race)

Reason is an action of the mind; knowledge is a possession of the mind; but faith is an attitude of the person. It means you are prepared to stake yourself on something being so.
- Michael Ramsey
(Keywords: Faith, Knowledge, Action, Attitude, Being, Mind, Possession, Reason)



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