An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I wish I were with some of the wild people that run in the woods, and know nothing about accomplishments!


Joanna Baillie (1762-1851, British Romantic writer)


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


Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972, American-born French author)


To the illumined man or woman, a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Less is more.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


If I had one wish for my children, it would be that each of them would reach for goals that have meaning for them as individuals.


Lillian Carter


I don't think about whether people will remember me or not. I've been an okay person. I've learned a lot. I've taught people a thing or two. That's what's important.


Julia Child (1912-2004, American gourmet cook, author, and television personality)


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.


Joan Didion (1934-, American essayist)


One day you've got to realize that resources don't belong to you. Work with God to plant the seeds in the lives of other people.


Jack Eckerd


The more we have the less we own.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


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.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


No one has yet had the courage to memorialize his wealth on his tombstone. A dollar mark would not look well there.


Corra May Harris (1869-1935, American author)


So many of us define ourselves by what we have, what we wear, what kind of house we live in, and what kind of car we drive ... if you think of yourself as the woman in the Cartier watch and the Hermes scarf, a house fire will destroy not only your possessions but your self.


Linda Henley


The externals are simply so many props; everything we need is within us.


Etty Hillesum


We don't need to increase our goods nearly as much as scaling down our wants. Not wanting some thing is as good as possessing it.


Donald Horban


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


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


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


Trinidad Hunt


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


Trinidad Hunt


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


Collis P. Huntingdon


To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world that I am able to change it in positive ways.


Maxine Hong Kingston


Once you have decided to keep a certain pile, it is no longer yours; for you can't spend it.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Painting's not important. The important thing is keeping busy.


Grandma Moses (1860-1961, American artist)


Possessions are usually diminished by possession.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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 (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough, but not too much, who are the happiest.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Money never remains just coins and pieces of paper. Money can be translated into the beauty of living, a support in misfortune, an education, or future security.


Sylvia Porter


If I do have some success, I'd like to enjoy it, for heaven's sake! What is the point of having it otherwise?


Leontyne Price (1927, American opera singer)


What you become is what counts.


Liz Smith (1923-, American journalist, gossip columnist)


Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


There is a great difference between satisfaction and satiation.


Mary Jane Sherfey


How many are the things I can do without!


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive.


Dorothy Solle


Do not dismayed daughters, at the number of things which you have to consider before setting out on this divine journey, which is the royal road to heaven. By taking this road we gain such precious treasures that it is no wonder if the cost seems to us a high one. The time will come when we shall realize that all we have paid has been nothing at all by comparison with the greatness of our prizes.


St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582, Spanish saint, mystic)


We make ourselves rich by making our wants few.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


We are made loveless by our possessions.


Elizabeth of Thuringia


From birth to age eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five, she needs good looks. From thirty-five to fifty-five, she needs a good personality. From fifty-five on, she needs good cash.


Sophie Tucker (1884-1966, Russian-born American singer)


When money is your god, you are never going to be fulfilled, you are never going to be happy, because no matter how much you have, it is not enough.


Ted Turner (1938-, American businessman, founder of CNN)


Lay up your treasures in heaven where there is no depreciation.


Author Unknown


Why not learn to enjoy the little things -- there are so many of them.


Author Unknown


You can't take your money to heaven, but you can invest it for eternity.


Author Unknown


Not Possessions, but a Life Well Lived


Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957, American author, "Little House On The Prairie")


An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.


Pliny the Younger


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