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POSSESSION
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[ Also see Acquirement Avarice Gain Gold Inheritance Luxury Misers Moderation Money Ownership Poverty Property Prosperity Riches Right Rights Success Wealth ]

The proud daughter of that monarch to whom when it grows [elsewhere] the sun never sets.
  [Lat., Altera figlia
    Di quel monarea a cui
      Ne anco, quando annotta, il Sol tramonta.]
      - Giambattista Guarini (Giovanni Battista Guarini),
        Pastor Fido,
        on the marriage of the Duke of Savoy with Catherine of Austria

All comes from, and will go to others.
      - George Herbert

Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?
      - George Herbert, The Church--The Size

Attainment is followed by neglect, and possession by disgust. The malicious remark of the Greek epigrammatist on marriage may apply to every other course of life--that its two days of happiness are the first and the last.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Possession means to sit astride the world
  Instead of having it astride of you.
      - Charles Kingsley, Saint's Tragedy (I, 4)

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.
  [Fr., Un tiens vaut, ce dit-on, mieux que deux tu l'auras.
    L'un est sur, l'autre ne l'est pas.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (V, 3)

The English, a spirited nation, claim the empire of the sea; the French, a calmer nation, claim that of the air.
  [Fr., Les Anglais, nation trop fiere
    S'arrogent l'empire des mers;
      Les Francais, nation legere,
        S'emparent de celui des airs.]
      - Louis XVIII,
        said in 1783 when he was Comte de Provence during period of Montgolfier aeronautical experiments

The right of individual property is no doubt the very corner-stone of civilization, as hitherto understood; but I am a little impatient of being told that property is entitled to exceptional consideration because it bears all the burdens of the state. It bears those, indeed, which can be most easily borne, but poverty pays with its person the chief expenses of war, pestilence, and famine.
      - James Russell Lowell

Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession, many.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago

Common people, whether lords or shop-keepers, are slow to understand that possession, whether in the shape of birth or lands or money or intellect, is a small affair in the difference between men.
      - George MacDonald

Cleon hath ten thousand acres,--
  Ne'er a one have I;
    Cleon dwelleth in a place,--
      In a cottage I.
      - Charles Mackay, Cleon and I

Property in land is capital; property in the funds is income without capital; property in mortgage is both capital and income.
      - Sir James Mansfield

Who gives to friends so much from Fate secures,
  That is the only wealth for ever yours.
    [Lat., Extra fortunam est, quidquid donatur amicis;
      Quas dederis, selas semper habebis opes.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (V, 42)

As soon as women become ours we are no longer theirs.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Possessions are generally diminished by possession.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

That dog is mine said those poor children; that place in the sun is mine; such is the beginning and type of usurpation throughout the earth.
  [Fr., Ce chien est a moi, disaient ces pauvres enfants; c'est la ma place au soleil. Voila le commencement et l'image de l'usurpation de toute la terre.]
      - Blaise Pascal, La Pensees (ch. VII, 1)

Badly gotten, badly spent.
  [Lat., Male partum, male disperit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
         (IV, 2, 22)

What is yours is mine, and all mine is yours.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (act II, sc. 2), (Riley's translation)

If you spend a thing you can not have it.
  [Lat., Non tibi illud apparere si sumas potest.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Trinummus
         (II, 4, 12)

An object in possession seldom retains the same charms which it had when it was longed for.
  [Lat., Nihil enim aeque gratum est adeptis, quam concupiscentibus.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (II, 15)

Our material possessions, like our joys, are enhanced in value by being shared. Hoarded and unimproved property can only afford satisfaction to a miser.
      - George Denison Prentice

Property, it is theft.
  [Fr., La propriete, c'est le vol.]
      - Pierre Joseph Proudhon (Prudhon),
        Principle of Right (ch. I),
        attributed to Fournier by Louis Blanc in "Organization du Travail"

The goods we spend we keep; and what we save
  We lose; and only what we lose we have.
      - Francis Quarles, Divine Fancies
         (bk. IV, art. 70)

Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
      - John Ruskin

It is a preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell


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