Quotation Explorer - 'Possession'

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use. - Mark Twain
Liberty of imagination should be the most precious possession of a novelist. To try voluntarily to discover the fettering dogmas of its own inspiration, is a trick worthy of humna perverseness which, after inventing an absurdity, endeavours to find for it a pedigree of distinguished ancestors... - Joseph Conrad
How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! - Thomas Jefferson
Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession - their ignorance. - Hendrik Willem van Loon
Memory lived not in initial possession but in the freed hands, pardoned and freed, and in the heart that can empty but fill again, in the patterns restored by dreams. - Eudora Welty
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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
OWE, v. To have (and to hold) a debt. The word formerly signified not indebtedness, but possession; it meant "own," and in the minds of debtors there is still a good deal of confusion between assets and liabilities. - Ambrose Bierce
Possession without understanding leads to loss. - Sunday Adelaja
For if people could see- if women especially could see- what is real and true and how the elegant possession of what is in each of our individual hearts is what matters more than anything. - Kris Radish Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral pg. 297
Good could become the enemy of the best. That best is possession. - Sunday Adelaja
Thought, if I may put it, is the man behind the possession, appearance, things we like, things we hate and the very epitome of life. - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
No magic Rune is stranger than a Book. All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been: it is lyingas in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men. - Thomas Carlyle
The most empowering relationships are those in which each partner lifts the other to a higher possession of their own being. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Devotion to material possession, control or power; is the sole reason for hate. Devotion to the heart ... the sole reason for love. - Robert Vanleeuwen
You professors, what do you teach your students? Do you instill in them the spirit of possession? - Sunday Adelaja
You leaders, where do you lead your people to? Do you sow in them the seed of possession? - Sunday Adelaja
Riches do not delight us so much with their possession, as torment us with their loss. - Dick Gregory
In the course of our Journey we need to realize that we do not need to become anything, because we are already in possession of the characteristics that we have been looking for so far, pursuing an image projected into the future. - Frank Wanderer
I cannot choose but adhere to the word of God, which has possession of my conscience; nor can I possibly, nor will I even make any recantation, since it is neither safe nor honest to act contrary to conscience! Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God! Amen. - Martin Luther
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. - Lao Tzu
Love does not claim materialistic possession of any kind, it yields complete freedom. - Santosh Kalwar
You professors, what do you teach your students? Do you instil in them the spirit of possession? - Sunday Adelaja
PROPERTY, n. Any material thing, having no particular value, that may be held by A against the cupidity of B. Whatever gratifies the passion for possession in one and disappoints it in all others. The object of man's brief rapacity and long indifference. - Ambrose Bierce
The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession. - Mark Twain
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money. It lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. - Franklin D. Roosevelt
When possession of wealth or splendors brings happiness- it is an illusion, when attainment of certain mental state brings happiness- it is a real possession. - Debasish Mridha
Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed. - Vida D. Scudder
PORTABLE, adj. Exposed to a mutable ownership through vicissitudes of possession. His light estate, if neither he did make it Nor yet its former guardian forsake it, Is portable improperly, I take it. Worgum Slupsky - Ambrose Bierce
A child comes from God, a child is a gift from God, but a child is not our possession. Give the child unconditional love and freedom. Respect the child, the child has its own soul. The child has its own way. - Swami Dhyan Giten
Possession of wealth is not the happiness but expression of gratitude for the possession is the happiness. - Debasish Mridha
Whenever you own something without a corresponding knowledge of the possession, you eventually lose it. - Sunday Adelaja
There have been few things in my life which have had a more genial effect on my mind than the possession of a piece of land - Harriet Martineau
I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. - Confucius
Our multiplication must increase to fill the earth. That right there, is a possession - Sunday Adelaja
Happiness does not depend on a possession. Happiness depends on action and perception. - Debasish Mridha
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.
The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man. There is a possible Nero in the gentlest of human creature that walks. - Thomas Bailey Aldrich
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. - Anaïs Nin
A man’s real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor. - Alexander Smith
We are certainly getting ahead; if I am Moses, then you are Joshua and will take possession of the promised land of psychiatry, which I shall only be able to glimpse from afar. - Sigmund Freud
Possession is the motivation that has hang up / the god-damn nation. - Eugene McDaniels
Your ideas about possession must increase until you get to a state of full possession of the land, city and nation - Sunday Adelaja
Every increase has a purpose, the purpose is possession! - Sunday Adelaja
Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession. - George Washington
Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it. - Pericles
A man’s most valuable possession is his integrity. Unless he has no integrity. In which case, he may not have much of anything of value. - T Jay Taylor
The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man. There is a possible Nero in the gentlest human creature that walks. - Thomas Bailey
Preoccupy your mind more and more thinking of strategies, methods of attaining possession in all areas of your life’s endeavour. - Sunday Adelaja
I don’t think there is any mystery to understanding the passionate feelings people have for guns. Nobody really believes it’s about maintaining a militia. It’s about having possession of a tool that makes a person feel powerful nearly to the point of exaltation. - Alec Wilkinson
As a rule, the human mind gets attached to possessions very firmly. They don’t want to lose anything. They hold on to the little possession and can’t see the big possibilities. - Debasish Mridha
Freedom is a possession of inestimable value. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
All that Mankind has done, thought, gained or been is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of Books. They are the chosen possession of men. - Thomas Carlyle
A genius is simply one who has taken full possession of his own mind and directed it toward objectives of his own choosing, without permitting outside influences to discourage or mislead him. - Napoleon Hill
It is almost an unbearable pain, to suddenly recognize the value of what you had being ignorant of which had been your possession - Sunday Adelaja
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity. - George Santayana
To produce things and to rear them,To produce, but not to take possession of them,To act, but not to rely on one's own ability,To lead them, but not to master them -This is called profound and secret virtue. - Lao-tzu
I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them--with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. - Eudora Welty
Possession is not only when the devil plays hide and seek in your brain or poison your medula oblongata with negativity, but it is also when you are under the influence of the same specie as you! - Michael Bassey Johnson
Never ever continue to complain of lack of time all the time for no one is in possession of all the time. - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. - John Ruskin
Man's best possession is a sympathetic wife. - Euripides
We are only able to get into the possession of Wisdom and get closer to Truth when and if we realize that all the knowledge and experience concentrated in the mind only hamper us in our awakening to Truth. - Frank Wanderer
There can be no fairer spectacle than that of a man, who combines the possession of moral beauty in his soul with outward beauty of form, corresponding and harmonizing with the former, because the same great pattern enters both. - Plato
No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone. - Kahlil Gibran
Like life, love is a constant adventure and a constant process. It is not a possession. - Debasish Mridha
Only dead mathematics can be taught where competition prevails: living mathematics must always be a communal possession. - Mary Everest Boole
The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it. - Mark Twain
The greatest gift you can give to someone is your heart; because when you give your heart, you are giving your most prized possession. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Tyranny is like the electric wiring in an old house. A tyrant dies, the new tyrant takes possession, and all he has to do is drop the switch. - John le Carré
We came to this earth to labour and work for increase, which would lead to possession. - Sunday Adelaja
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife. - Jane Austen
He that cannot cast off a possession has become the possessed - Hallie Burton
The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart; the most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. - Carlos Santana
All resources in your possession is an opportunity for service. - Sunday Adelaja
Love! What a searing, torturing, intolerably sweet thing it was - this possession of body, soul and mind! With something at its core as fine and remote and purely spiritual as the tiny blue spark in the heart of the unbreakable diamond. - L.M. Montgomery
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others. - Sir Francis Bacon
The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail; mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession. - Sallust
Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade. - Marcel Proust
The kingdom of this world will come closer into becoming the kingdom of the world if we all take possession of our spheres - Sunday Adelaja
Happiness is a perception—not a possession. - Debasish Mridha
Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy, no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control. This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms. - Bryant McGill
Property monopolized or in the possession of a few is a curse to mankind. - John Adams
The books and magazines streamed in. He could buy them all, they piled up around him and even while he read, the number of those still to be read disturbed him. they stood in rows, weighing down his life like a possession which he did not succeed in subordinating to his personality. - Thomas Mann
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. - Pliny the Younger
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
The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled. - Andrew Carnegie
I know’, is a big ghost. ‘This is mine’, is a huge demonic possession! - Dada Bhagwan
The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of Truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the Truth. - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
For most Americans, our most precious possession is citizenship in this amazing country. - Ann Coulter
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. - John D. Rockefeller
I will not find myself, nor will I obtain any precarious morsel of life in giving all of life to myself. If I am ever to find these things, I must first be willing to give these things away at the very moment that I come into possession of them. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
The intellect, like all cultural values, has created an aristocracy based on the possession of rational culture and independent of all personal ethical qualities of man. The aristocracy of intellect is hence an unbrotherly aristocracy. - Max Weber
I am not fond of speaking about politics because I don't have in my possession an army of 200,000 soldiers.
I did not know that history is like a blood stain that keeps on showing on the wall no matter how many new owners take possession, no matter how many times we pint over it. - Peter Carey
Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived. - Jonathan Swift
Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together.
The only real possession you'll ever have is your character. - Tom Wolfe
What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life. - Ted Hughes
Like many others before him, Abbott discovers, once married, that marriage is a battle—clinically, a negotiation—over the possession of the Bad Mood. - Chris Bachelder
Possession is eleven points in the law. - Colley Cibber
You want to raise your child in such a way that you don%uFFFDt have to control him, so that he will be in full possession of himself at all times. Upon that depends his good behavior, his health, his sanity. - L. Ron Hubbard
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not the possession of but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. - Carl Friedrich Gauß
Love is not possession, it is acceptance of everything without intention. Fear is not possession, it is acceptance of everything without mention. The act of loving your fear, to nurture this insecurity for a greater purpose, is to accept the reality of ones expression. - James C. Emlund
The loss of a possession frees us from it. - Marty Rubin
In the houses of the humble a little library in my opinion is a most precious possession. - John Bright
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