Best Quotes About Possession

The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it. -Anthony Burgess

The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal. -Sallust

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. -Khalil Gibran

Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions. -Ambrose Bierce

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. -John D. Rockefeller

Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. -Andre Gide

Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future. -Coco Chanel

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. -Lao Tzu

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

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

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

A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor. -Alexander Smith

No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it. -James Baldwin

I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions. -Plutarch

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

Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun. -Hilaire Belloc

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. -Anais Nin

We are not the sum of our possessions. -George H. W. Bush

All my possessions for a moment of time. -Elizabeth I

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

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

The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application. -Miguel de Cervantes

Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions. -John Randolph

Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen. -Mort Sahl

Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true. -Eric Hoffer

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

A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender. -Thomas Browne

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty. -John D. Rockefeller

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

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

A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs. -Epicurus

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. -Epicurus

The wavering mind is but a base possession. -Euripides

Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession. -Andre Breton

Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul. -Francis Bacon

Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them. -Napoleon Bonaparte

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths. -Eric Hoffer

Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope. Few are reduced so low as that. -William Hazlitt

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

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. -Democritus

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry. -Samuel Smiles

I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty. -George Santayana

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

Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. -Arthur Schopenhauer

See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession. -Robert Collier

The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves. -Albert Camus

Meek wifehood is no part of my profession; I am your friend, but never your possession. -Vera Brittain

It is not her body that he wants but it is only through her body that he can take possession of another human being, so he must labor upon her body, he must enter her body, to make his claim. -Joyce Carol Oates

Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it. -Pericles

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion. -Mahatma Gandhi

Real politics are the possession and distribution of power. -Benjamin Disraeli

There is no knowledge, no light, no wisdom that you are in possession of, but what you have received it from some source. -Brigham Young

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could. -Barbara De Angelis

Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives. -Friedrich Schiller

Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it. -John Lennon

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 H. McGill

It's time we permanently repeal the tax on possessions that people leave to their children. -Bill Nelson

All mankind… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions. -John Locke

For a creative writer possession of the 'truth' is less important than emotional sincerity. -George Orwell

The greatest possession is self-possession. -Ethel Watts Mumford

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

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

The possession of arbitrary power has always, the world over, tended irresistibly to destroy humane sensibility, magnanimity, and truth. -Frederick Law Olmsted

Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty. -Emil Cioran

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

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

To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life – bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace. -Peace Pilgrim

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

Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need. -Thomas Aquinas

Dissatisfaction with possession and achievement is one of the requisites to further achievement. -John Hope

In all worldly things that a man pursues with the greatest eagerness he finds not half the pleasure in the possession that he proposed to himself in the expectation. -Robert South

Well, they had a lot of the things they found in his possession. They had the map, you know, that marked the route of the parade. They had statements from the bus driver and the taxicab driver that hauled him somewhere. -Henry Wade

Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving. -W. Clement Stone

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. -Robert Reich

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

God saw fit, for wise reasons to allow the people of Israel thus to make and possess slaves; but is this any license to us to enslave any of our fellow-men, to kill any of our fellow-men whom we please and are able to destroy, and take possession of their estates? -Samuel Hopkins

They took their meals together; and it was remarked on such occasions, when the friendship of animals is put to a hard test, that they never quarrelled or disputed the possession of a favourite fruit with each other. -Henry Walter Bates

Base Ball, to be played thoroughly, requires the possession of muscular strength, great agility, quickness of eye, readiness of hand, and many other faculties of mind and body that mark the man of nerve. -Henry Chadwick

In a world of inhumanity, war and terrorism, American citizenship is a very precious possession. -Phyllis Schlafly

At no time are we ever in such complete possession of a journey, down to its last nook and cranny, as when we are busy with preparations for it. -Yukio Mishima

To have the truth in your possession you can be found guilty, sentenced to death. -Peter Tosh

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

It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him. -Max Planck

Humanity may endure the loss of everything; all its possessions may be turned away without infringing its true dignity – all but the possibility of improvement. -Johann Gottlieb Fichte

The possession of land seems to be a greater gratification to the pride and independence of men. -George Richards Minot

Men are not great or small because of their material possessions. They are great or small because of what they are. -James Cash Penney

It is a principle of our nature that feelings once excited turn readily from the object by which they are excited to some other object which may for the time being take possession of the mind. -Matthew Simpson

One's religion is one's own possession and he has a right to it. -Paul P. Harris

The United States have no possessions in the east and do not desire to have any, as other countries do. -Townsend Harris

I don't know much about football but everyone seems to say that it is all about possession. -Julie Harris

But when I direct I become possessed, a possession I've never quite understood. -Ted Kotcheff

Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possessions is a disease in them. -Sitting Bull

I was one of those people who put too much emphasis on work and career and material possessions, and it took its toll on all my relationships, on my physical health, my emotional and mental health. -Tony Shalhoub

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

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

Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give. -David O. McKay

My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important. -Sidney Poitier

The only thing I would like is to have more control of the game in terms of possession. -Jose Mourinho

In five years I have never had a match where my team has had less possession than the opponents. -Jose Mourinho

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

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

This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers: they treat the text as a part of themselves, as a possession. -Ryszard Kapuscinski

I grew with it, and I used to go to see the monks, who had no possessions, even more extreme than my mother. -Satish Kumar

The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession. -Henry Cabot Lodge

In comparison with other men of their time, the Americans were distinguished by the possession of new political and social ideas, which were destined to be the foundation of the American commonwealth. -Albert Bushnell Hart

When you look at it that way, you can see how absurd it is that we individualize ourselves with our fences and hoarded possessions. -Morrie Schwartz

Great wealth took possession of the government. It was reflected in Mr. Harding's selection of a cabinet. -George William Norris

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

The lands granted were in the occupancy of savages and situated in a wilderness, of which the government had never taken possession, and of which it could not with its own citizens ever have taken possession. -William H. Wharton

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

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

And, of course, it must be asked: is it proper to transact with the Turks for the most reassured of Greek possessions when Greece is under Turkish invasion and subjugation? -Melina Mercouri

If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge our possessions or to raise our station in society, then Mythology has no claim to the appellation. -Thomas Bulfinch

Germany can generally only pay if the Corridor and Upper Silesia will be handed back to Germany from Polish possession, and if besides somewhere on the earth colonial territory will be made available to Germany. -Hjalmar Schacht

The first, that their pretensions to this possession of an art properly so called in their art of speaking are entirely unfounded; and the second, that they are involved in a profound mistake in their confusion of the good with the pleasant. -Friedrich Schleiermacher

The possessors of wealth can scarcely be indifferent to processes which, nearly or remotely have been the fertile source of their possessions. -Charles Babbage

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

Praise the Lord, O England's Jerusalem: and Netherland's Zion, praise ye the Lord! He hath secured your gates, and blessed your possessions with peace, even here, where the threatened torch of war was lighted. -Peter Stuyvesant

The design of those commissioners, frigates and warlike force is directed rather against Long Island and these your Honors' possessions, than to the imagined reform of New England. -Peter Stuyvesant

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

We are told that the possession of nuclear weapons – in some cases even the testing of these weapons – is essential for national security. But this argument can be made by other countries as well. -Joseph Rotblat

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. -Carl Friedrich Gauss

These wars appear also to have given its death blow to colonialism and to imperialism in its colonial form, under which weaker peoples were treated as possessions to be economically exploited. At least we hope that such colonialism is on the way out. -Emily Greene Balch

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

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

In the first place, when there is a policy of intentional aggression, inspired by a desire to get possession of the territory or the trade of another country, right or wrong, a pretext is always sought. -Elihu Root

Indeed, whenever a new idea is developed, as for example ballooning, warfare immediately takes possession. -Fredrik Bajer

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

After all my possessions had been burned, God gave me the wisdom to return to Jerusalem. -Shmuel Yosef Agnon

I draw from my family and my friends and I feel like that small-town person. The achievements, the materialistic possessions have really become to mean less. They mean nothing. -Sheryl Crow

Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind. -Daphne du Maurier

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

I suppose my little Martin acoustic guitar is quickly becoming a prize possession. It's a lovely guitar. I bought it at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2001 before I had cleaned up. -Graham Coxon

I sold my most valuable possession, but I knew that because I worked at Hewlett Packard, I could buy the next model calculator the very next month for a lower price than I sold the older one for! -Steve Wozniak

As for September 11, let us not too easily grant the Americans possession of that date on the calendar. Like May 1 or July 14 or December 25, September 11 may seem full of significance to some people, while to other people it is just another day. -J. M. Coetzee

India profoundly changed my outlook on life because you see how people can be content and very happy with little or even no possessions. It's the reverse of the West. -Gary Wright

Sin is basically a denial of God's right of possession. -Edwin Louis Cole

A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions. -Christopher Lasch

He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain – no matter what – after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods. -Kate Chopin

The richness of the world, all artificial pleasures, have the taste of sickness and give off a smell of death in the face of certain spiritual possessions. -Georges Rouault

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

At last the best of artisans ordained that that creature to whom He had been able to give nothing proper to himself should have joint possession of whatever had been peculiar to each of the different kinds of being. -Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

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

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken. -Orson Scott Card

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom. -Rabindranath Tagore

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. -Epictetus

Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession – a property entirely our own. -Samuel Smiles

Riches do not delight us so much with their possession, as torment us with their loss. -Dick Gregory

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession. -Sophocles

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

The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal. -Sallust

Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism. -Edward Gibbon

Most men have always wanted as much as they could get; and possession has always blunted the fine edge of their altruism. -Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould

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

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

People who get through life dependent on other people's possessions are always the first to lecture you on how little possessions count. -Ben Elton

Neither can men, by the same principles, be considered as lands, goods, or houses, among possessions. It is necessary that all property should be inferiour to its possessor. But how does the slave differ from his master, but by chance? -Thomas Clarkson

Considered now as a possession, one may define culture as the residuum of a large body of useless knowledge that has been well and truly forgotten. -Albert J. Nock

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares well would be a friend better than any possession. -Sophocles

It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth. -John Locke

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

The real duty of man is not to extend his power or multiply his wealth beyond his needs, but to enrich and enjoy his imperishable possession: his soul. -Gilbert Highet

Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions. -James Madison

I have two luxuries to brood over in my walks, your loveliness and the hour of my death. O that I could have possession of them both in the same minute. -John Keats

I have come slowly into possession of such powers as I have. I receive the opinions of my day. I do not conceive them. But I receive them into a vivid mind. -Woodrow Wilson

This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society. -David Hume

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

We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties. -Anna C. Brackett

The repossession by women of our bodies will bring far more essential change to human society than the seizing of the means of production by workers. -Adrienne Rich

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

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! -Mary Harris Jones

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy. -Mahatma Gandhi

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

Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession. -Pearl S. Buck

If the egotist is weak, his egotism is worthless. If the egotist is strong, acute, full of distinctive character, his egotism is precious, and remains a possession of the race. -Alexander Smith

To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one's own. -Henry James

Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters. -John Wooden

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious. -Herodotus

One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises. -Chanakya

Freedom is a possession of inestimable value. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Culture and possessions, there is the bourgeoisie for you. -Thomas Mann

As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure. -Susan Sontag

In our rich consumers' civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions. -Max Lerner

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

The possessions of the rich are stolen property. -Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

The possession of anything begins in the mind. -Bruce Lee

If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. -Jesus Christ

After it is all over, the religion of man is his most important possession. -John D. Rockefeller

My most cherished possessions are my grandma's letters and my vintage Martha Washington cookbook. -Sandra Lee

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a married man in possession of a vast fortune must be in want of a newer, younger wife. -Bruce Feirstein

Russia does not have in its possession any trustworthy data that supports the existence of nuclear weapons or any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we have not received any such information from our partners as yet. -Vladimir Putin

When resources become skimpy, human beings don't suddenly cooperate to conserve what's left. They fight to the last scrap for possession of a diminishing resource. -Deepak Chopra

The thing that I've always been slightly frustrated with, was that the idea of a CD is kind of confined to a material possession that you can put on a shelf. And the idea of music, for me, is always about both the communication and the sharing of content. And so the interactive part is missing. -Yo-Yo Ma

I just think it's shocking how many of these young people wind up in prison and they get turned into hardcore criminals because they had a possession of a very small amount of controlled substance. -Pat Robertson

But as an adult working in the fashion industry, I struggle with materialism. And I'm one of the least materialistic people that exist, because material possessions don't mean much to me. They're beautiful, I enjoy them, they can enhance your life to a certain degree, but they're ultimately not important. -Tom Ford

I fear that the rising personal bankruptcies and repossessions are the first signs of bigger problems to come and personal debt – Gordon Brown's legacy to millions of Britain's families – will hang like a millstone around the neck of the British people for years to come. -Vince Cable

Look, half the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were either in debt or bankrupt. The remaining half, most of them lost all their possessions. The only reason Monticello didn't get burned to the ground was that the British patrol missed the road. -Eric Massa

I have 'To Kill A Mockingbird' signed by Harper Lee. That is my prized possession. -Nancy Grace

So research is a terribly imperfect science, and you learn an awful lot more after you've published a book, because people keep writing to you and saying, 'Oh, gosh, I was related to such and such a character and I have a letter in my possession.' -Simon Winchester

To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody's mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history. -Eckhart Tolle

Wonder is that possession of the mind that enchants the emotions while never surrendering reason. It is a grasp on reality that does not need constant high points in order to be maintained, nor is it made vulnerable by the low points of life's struggle. -Ravi Zacharias

When I was in college, my parents' house burned down, and took a lot of the possessions I'd grown up with. That's probably one thing that made me realize material stuff is not really that important. -Rick Riordan

I don't have many possessions, apart from my books. -Gary Shteyngart

There are competing studies on how much crime drops or doesn't drop when there are strict rules on gun possession and sale. I don't think there's any question that New York City's very tough laws have reduced violence. -Gail Collins

In every game, there's three teams out there. There's the two basketball teams and the team of officials. If the two teams are evenly matched, it can come down to number of possessions. If one out-of-bounds call goes the wrong way, that can be the difference. -Tom Heinsohn

I am interested in the way that we look at a given landscape and take possession of it in our blood and brain. None of us lives apart from the land entirely; such an isolation is unimaginable. -N. Scott Momaday

Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy. -Dada Vaswani

Let me tell you that the children from their very birth are born to evil. Satan seems to have control of them. He seems to take possession of their young minds, and they are corrupted. Why do fathers and mothers act as though a lethargy was upon them? They do not mistrust that Satan is sowing evil seed in their families. -Ellen G. White

A nation's poets are its true owners; and by the stroke of the pen they convey the title-deeds of its real possessions to strangers and aliens. -George Edward Woodberry

Words are most malignant, the most treacherous possession of mankind. They are saturated with the sorrows of all time. -Louis Sullivan

I hate jealousy, I hate possessiveness. I'm nobody's possession. -Olga Kurylenko

As far as love is concerned, possession, power, fusion and disenchantment are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. -Zygmunt Bauman

A man's 'original and natural right' to make all contracts that are 'intrinsically obligatory,' and to coerce the fulfillment of them, is one of the most valuable and indispensable of all human possessions. -Lysander Spooner

Basically everything I've done in art, I was in possession of when I was 20 years old. I use a waste retrieval method of working. I'll go back and use something that disgusted me 15 years ago but that I had enough sense to think about. Some artists change dramatically. I see my work more like history being written. -Edward Ruscha

First and foremost, the monk should own nothing in this world, but he should have as his possessions solitude of the body, modesty of bearing, a modulated tone of voice, and a well-ordered manner of speech. He should be without anxiety as to his food and drink, and should eat in silence. -Saint Basil

Now, to read poetry at all is to have an ideal anthology of one's own, and in that possession to be incapable of content with the anthologies of all the world besides. -William Ernest Henley

Nothing's really a prized possession except my family, you know? -James Hetfield

I felt I was owned by possessions. -Nicolas Berggruen

I am not that attached to material things. And the good thing is I can make choices. I have very few possessions. Luckily, as a man you don't need much… a few papers, a couple of books, and a few shirts, jackets, sweaters. It fits in a little thing, in a paper bag, so it's very easy. -Nicolas Berggruen

My religion is my most precious possession. Except for it, I could easily have become excessively occupied with industry. Sharing responsibility for church work has been a vital counterbalance in my life. -George W. Romney

Having enough money has to go hand in hand with living in a way that you're not being a slave to your possessions. -Patton Oswalt

Keep both heart and hand in your own possession, till you see good reason to part with them; and if such an occasion should never present itself, comfort your mind with this reflection: that, though in single life your joys may not be very many, your sorrows, at least, will not be more than you can bear. -Anne Bronte

In sports teams, apart from talk of sporting prowess and the imparting of inspirational thought, an extraordinary amount of time is spent discussing, and flaunting, material possessions. -Harsha Bhogle

I think I've always been a player who's done better in the second half, who's done better in the fourth quarter. That's the fun time to play, when everything you've worked for the whole game boils down to those last few possessions. -Jeremy Lin

I just try to play as hard as I can every possession. If you're aware and you're high-energy, the ball will eventually bounce your way and you'll be able to make plays. -Jeremy Lin

Much of everyday life is filled with opportunities to be distracted. Our possessions… entertainment… cares and anxieties… and even the passionate desire and pursuit of things, some good and not so good, can keep our minds and hearts caught up in a flurry of activity. -Joyce Meyer

When I was 7, my proudest possession would have been my bookshelf 'cause I had alphabetized all of the books on my bookshelf. -Neil Gaiman

We all live inside bodies that will deteriorate. But when you look at human beings, they're capable of very decent things: love, loyalty. When time is running out, they don't care about possessions or status. They want to put things right if they've done wrong. -Kazuo Ishiguro

You can play anyone if you're open enough. It's a form of possession. Each time you work on something, you allow yourself to be possessed by creating the environment for it. Then you allow the possession to happen – but not at the expense of your sanity or of your identity. -Stephen Lang

That was a pretty fine Army that we had in 1965. By 1973, it was in tatters. It was a disgrace to the country and to itself, to its own heritage, really. So it's, you know, the Army belongs to all 307 million of us. It is our common possession, it's our common heritage. As goes the Army, so goes the republic. -Rick Atkinson

When I think of Italy now, I think of accessories, possessions, bad TV, fake boobs, BMWs. -Valeria Golino

The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions. -Thomas Huxley

You pressure, you want possession, you want to attack. Some teams can't or don't pass the ball. What are you playing for? What's the point? That's not football. Combine, pass, play. That's football – for me, at least. -Xavi

Reading is a possession, a march toward a possession. -Italo Calvino

Roll back the clock, and every possession of every great country started with a crime. -David Mamet

True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share. -Suze Orman

My childhood memories include a time when the government confiscated my family's possessions and exiled us to a camp in the B.C. Interior, just because my grandparents were from Japan. -David Suzuki

I was not from a middle-class family at all. I did not have middle-class possessions and what have you. But I had middle-class parents who gave me what was needed to survive in society. -Sugar Ray Leonard

When I visited Vietnam for Oxfam, the thing that really struck me was how the local farmers had to prepare to evacuate or climb to their mezzanines with their valuable family possessions. -Martin Parr

It's one thing to break stuff and damage people's possessions, but when you start aiming at the ideology of America, that's dangerous comedy. -Adam McKay

My Helmut Lang leather pants are my most treasured possession – I've worn them almost every day for two years, and they look good with everything. -Jessica Hart

There were a lot of negatives, of course, but there were positives to living a life unfettered by possessions. It gave us the chance to focus on education, which was very important in the Soviet Union. -Jan Koum

I tend to look out for things with a resonance to my youth – artists or objects that seemed romantic all those years ago. I never buy anything purely for its value. I like possessions that smile back at me. -Nicholas Haslam

I attended school regularly for three years. I learned to read and write. 'Lamb's Tales' from Shakespeare was my favourite reading matter. I stole, by finding, Palgrave's 'Golden Treasury.' These two books, and the 'Everyman' edition of John Keats, were my proudest and dearest possessions, my greatest wealth. -Peter Abrahams

Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety. -Dalai Lama

Should surveillance be usable for petty crimes like jaywalking or minor drug possession? Or is there a higher threshold for certain information? Those aren't easy questions. -Bill Gates

What has history said of eminence without honor, wealth without wisdom, power and possessions without principle? The answer is reiterated in the overthrow of the mightiest empires of ancient times. Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome! The four successive, universal powers of the past. What and where are they? -Orson F. Whitney

If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself. -Jose Mujica

The Hebrew Bible has long been the world's possession, and those who come to it by any means, through whatever language, are equals in ownership, and may not be denied the intimacy of their spiritual claim. -Cynthia Ozick

At the final day, the Savior will not ask about the nature of our callings. He will not inquire about our material possessions or fame. He will ask if we ministered to the sick, gave food and drink to the hungry, visited those in prison, or gave succor to the weak. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

Inordinate desire for material possessions can become an obsession that consumes our thoughts, drains our resources, and leads to unhappiness. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

One of the things that I try to do when I have a tough time with anything – whatever it may be – is just look at someone else's situation. Here in Staten Island, look, I have people that have children that haven't been back in their home for 18 months after Sandy. They lost every worldly possession. -Michael Grimm

Even two of humanity's most intimate possessions – a sense of self and a body image – are fluid, highly modifiable creations of the brain's mischievous deployment of electricity and a handful of chemicals. They both can change or be changed on less than a second's notice. -Miguel Nicolelis

I discovered Einstein said the same thing about his celebrated theories of relativity that writers say about their work when he said he didn't have any feelings of personal possession of these ideas. Once they were out there, they came from somewhere else. And that's exactly the feeling when you write. You don't feel possessive about it. -E. L. Doctorow

A lot of people assume I have a great hat collection, but kids steal my hats at every show. I've had all these hats that I've loved, but now they're in some little kids' possession. It's difficult to replenish. I don't think the kids realize this. -Mac DeMarco

Perhaps the great American Republic, whose interests lie in the Pacific and who has no hand in the spoliation of Africa, may someday dream of foreign possession. -Jose Rizal

The possession of wealth leads almost inevitably to its abuse. It is the chief, if not the only, cause of evils which desolate this world below. The thirst for gold is responsible for the most regrettable lapses into sin. -Jules Verne

When George W. Bush hit the campaign trail in 2000, the precious possession he brought with him from home was his personal feather pillow. The theme of the Bush years was obliviousness. He was famously unavailable for debate and dialogue. He was deaf to countervailing voices. He hit the sack early and always got a good night's sleep. -Tina Brown

The dwelling places of Europe have an air of inheritance, or cumulative possession – a hive occupied by generations of bees. -John Updike

When you coach Russ Smith, you have a nervous breakdown on every possession. He's not from a different country. He's from a different planet. -Rick Pitino

I have no intention of selling any more of the historical Apollo 11 items in my possession for the remainder of my life. I intend to pass a portion of these items on to my children and to loan the most important items for permanent display in suitable museums around the country. -Buzz Aldrin

Love is more important than material possessions. -Thomas F. Wilson

A denial of the reality of demonical possessions on the part of anyone who believes the Gospel narrative to be true and inspired may justly be regarded as simply and plainly inconceivable. -Edward McKendree Bounds

The glorified will not be pilgrims, transient visitors, or tenants at will, but settled, permanent, walled, established by title, through eternity by warrantee deed, signed, sealed, recorded, possession given. No renters, no lessees of Heaven, but all property and home owners. -Edward McKendree Bounds

Character is property. It is the noblest of possessions. -Samuel Smiles

Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years, we must make sure they get a healthy start in life. They must receive the right food for a healthy body, the right education for a bright and inquiring mind – and the equal opportunity for a meaningful job. -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

My wealth is reflected in the price of Severstal, and the number of shares I have in my possession doesn't have any impact on the company. -Alexei Mordashov

Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity. -Oscar Wilde

I have a statue of Superman. It's actually a big one… It's a collectible statue of Superman, which the DC guys very kindly gave to me. So that's a little prized possession of mine. -Matt Ryan

People who wander are nicer to be with. Movement militates against hoarding possessions and against bigotry, because you are constantly moving across boundaries and having to negotiate with people. -Robyn Davidson

Shooting at Coco Chanel's apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience. The essence of Chanel is firmly rooted there in all of her possessions, and I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabit the second floor. -Sam Taylor-Johnson

I want to destroy ownership in order that possession and enjoyment may be raised to the highest point in every section of the community. -George Bernard Shaw

I guess my most prized pop culture possession is a signed first edition of the book 'Fight Club' by Chuck Palahniuk. -Jen Lancaster

Imagine Him smiling down on you right now. Embrace His love. Remember, you are His most prized possession, the apple of His eye! -Victoria Osteen

At the end of day, what matters most to God, what moves His heart, isn't our fancy words and impressive possessions – it's the condition of our hearts. -Victoria Osteen

My Writers Guild of America card is one of my proudest possessions. I was given it after being invited to write the script for a film of my last novel, 'Me Before You,' which is being made by MGM. Whenever I look at it, I think, 'I'm a Hollywood writer!' -Jojo Moyes

If I were to save one possession in a fire, it would have to be my dad's camera, an old, broken Nikon. I always keep it with me – his personal things mean a lot. -Gia Coppola

I would like people to live in the present with eternity in mind. If there is, in fact, going to be rapture one day, in which we leave everything behind, shouldn't that loosen our grip on our material possessions right now? -Robert Jeffress

A writer loses possession of her work as soon as it's reaches its audience. Each reader brings his own experience and prejudice and imagination to the work. Television adaptation just goes one step further, and the novelist has to learn to let go. -Ann Cleeves

Love, in the eyes of the world, is either a carnal appetite or a vague fancy, which possession extinguishes or absence destroys. That is why it is commonly said, with a strange abuse of words, that passion does not endure. -Victor Hugo

For 10 years, I gave away my possessions every year and moved on to a new place. -John Burnside

I want to try to prove the world wrong – that you can run and win in the NBA, and you can win big if you keep running. The problem is, can you run for 82 games every minute, every possession of every game? -George Karl

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

Your timeless self does not age and has no fear of the future. Contemplate your physical self and all its possessions, and practice laughing peacefully at it all. -Wayne Dyer

Work faithfully, and you will put yourself in possession of a glorious and enlarging happiness. -Orison Swett Marden

When the yogi starts to meditate, he must leave behind all sensory thoughts and all longings for possessions by quieting the waves of feeling (chitta), and the mental restlessness that arises therefrom, through the application of techniques that reinstate the controlling power of the untrammeled superconsciousness of the soul. -Paramahansa Yogananda

I go through life accumulating possessions… I've always done it… and then, every once in a while, a sort of tidal wave comes along and washes them all away. -Preston Sturges

To acquire possession of Latium was of the most decisive importance to Etruria, which was separated by the Latins alone from the Volscian towns that were dependent on it and from its possessions in Campania. -Theodor Mommsen

The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don't. Quests to faraway places or shopping sprees are no longer necessary. All you have to do is eliminate what you don't need by confronting each of your possessions properly. -Marie Kondo

The process of facing and selecting our possessions can be quite painful. It forces us to confront our imperfections and inadequacies and the foolish choices we made in the past. -Marie Kondo

You aren't your work, your accomplishments, your possessions, your home, your family… your anything. You're a creation of your Source, dressed in a physical human body intended to experience and enjoy life on Earth. -Wayne Dyer

In April, God speaks to us in the seas whose rhythmic murmuring fills our ears from a long way off. It was in April that the Titanic went down into the deep to lie like a slasher's victim, bleeding the 'debris field' – its passengers' personal possessions, the everyday things of everyman and everywoman – across the ocean's floor. -Eugene Kennedy

Let the people on both sides keep their self-possession, and just as other clouds have cleared away in due time, so will this, and this great nation shall continue to prosper as before. -Abraham Lincoln

Even the poorest in Israel are looked upon as freemen who have lost their possessions, for they are the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. -Akiva ben Joseph

'Know,' says a wise writer, the historian of kings, 'Know the men that are to be trusted'; but how is this to be? The possession of knowledge involves both time and opportunities. Neither of these are 'handservants at command.' -Dorothea Dix

My nan taught me never to put value on possessions but to value family, friends and people. I buy lovely things and enjoy them, but they don't rule me. -Rebecca Ferguson

When I was a boy, I took over the shed at the bottom of the garden and displayed fossils and potsherds and coins in it and proudly called it my 'museum'. I charged people to come in, and my most prized possession was a Saracen shield dating from the Crusades. -Kevin Crossley-Holland

I've been slightly obsessed with paper and notebooks. Among my most precious possessions is a small light-blue, breviary-sized volume – four-and-a-half inches wide, seven inches tall – made by a company called Denbigh. -Michael Dirda

There is a tendency in all parties, when they have been for a long time in possession of power, to augment it. -John C. Calhoun

Let not ambition take possession of you; love the friends of the people, but reserve blind submission for the law and enthusiasm for liberty. -Marquis de Lafayette

'Lost' seems to be the inverse of 'Air': It explores dispossession and identity by forcing a bunch of people into one invented landscape instead of using many invented landscapes to keep people apart. -G. Willow Wilson

A new, a vast, and a powerful language is developed for the future use of analysis, in which to wield its truths so that these may become of more speedy and accurate practical application for the purposes of mankind than the means hitherto in our possession have rendered possible. -Ada Lovelace

A high standard of living cannot remain the exclusive possession of the West – and the sooner we can help other peoples to develop their resources, raise their living standards, and strengthen their national independence, the safer the world will be for us all. -Robert Kennedy

At no time during the period intervening between the ratification of the Constitution and the inauguration of the new government were the leaders in Federalism certain that the agrarian party, which had opposed the Constitution, might not render the instrument ineffectual by securing possession of Congress. -Charles A. Beard

When you feel stuck in a hard time, jump-start a pro-change attitude by letting go of possessions that no longer work for you – like old clothes and old shoes. -Karen Salmansohn

Painfully to attain possession of what we do not want, and then painfully to waste our days in attempting to rid ourselves of it, seems to be a part of our discipline here below. -Thomas Bailey Aldrich

My desire was not to pass any island without taking possession, so that, one having been taken, the same may be said of all. -Christopher Columbus

A man who gives himself to be a possession of aliens leads a Yahoo life, having bartered his soul to a brute-master. He is not of them. He may stand against them, persuade himself of a mission, batter and twist them into something which they, of their own accord, would not have been. -T. E. Lawrence

I live in one of Judy Garland's houses. As a fan, I never much liked Judy Garland, but living here, I feel like I have come to know her. People have given me a few of her possessions, and my neighbors have told me things that I wish I didn't know. -Taylor Negron

My parents were dealing with evictions and repossessions and electricity getting shut off, and I just realized that I had to get it together. -Dwayne Johnson

In all of my possessions, in all moments, whether hard or happy, I was accompanied by my dear wife, Lilly, who supported me wholeheartedly. -Ariel Sharon

The love of power, like the love of money, increases with the possession of it; and we know in what ruin these baneful passions have involved human societies in all ages when they have been let loose and suffered to rage uncontrolled – There is no restraint like the pervading eye of the virtuous citizens. -Samuel Adams

The Yanukovych regime is a mafia, which regularly threatens, imprisons, murders, or disappears political opponents as well as those whose possessions it covets. -Robert Zubrin

We're all in this together, and we all have to make an investment in our most precious possession and in the foundation of our future: our young people. -Janet Reno

I think our young people are our most precious possession. -Janet Reno

Whoever resorts regularly to the lessons of Holy Scripture as an apt pupil will take the Savior into her group, and the children will perceive that He is present and that He assists in their work; thus, He will take possession of their souls. -Edith Stein

Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought. -John Quincy Adams

I think there is a very powerful wish that we all have of being self-contained and having sort of opted out or choosing to remove ourselves from society and to have no ties and no obligations, and even no possessions. To be free in a particular way. -Edward Zwick

I don't like possessions. -Daniel Barenboim

Your most precious possessions on offense are your twenty-seven outs. -Earl Weaver

Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable. -Alexander the Great

The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity. -Jackie Robinson

I want to play against the best, and that's what I'm doing, just going out there and being focused, just competing every possession. -Kawhi Leonard

Inauguration Day is like two ships passing in the night: the new staff moving in while the other walks out, taking one final look at the White House lawn as they leave with their cardboard box of possessions. -Dana Perino

When we demand Woman Suffrage, we can only do so on the ground, not that it should be a right attached to the possession of a certain amount of property, but that it should be inherent in the woman herself. -Clara Zetkin

The king, you say, desires to do what is right. My clergy are banished, my possessions are taken from me, the sword hangs over my neck. Do you call this right? -Thomas Becket

If any among you covet riches, let him endeavour to overcome, for the victorious not only preserve their own possessions but acquire those of the enemy. -Xenophon

Eviction causes loss. You lose not only your home but also your possessions, which are thrown onto the curb or taken by movers, and often you can't keep up payments. -Matthew Desmond

It may be, for one reason or another, if I'm not able to work, that would be a cause for distress. But I'm still pitching. Thank God, I'm still in possession of my gift. And I have the love of my family. -David Milch

Your peers will respect you for your integrity and character, not your possessions. -David Robinson

You win football games by first getting possession and then running 3- and 5-yard plays. Not by Hail Mary passes. Common sense, elbow grease, and keeping a positive attitude. -Greg Gianforte

Football is open; it is not only keeping possession of the ball and making more passes. -Claudio Ranieri

I've never been somebody who needs their car or other material, larger possessions to say something flashy about them. -Jodi Balfour

Most of the Jewish refugees, stripped of their considerable possessions, came to Israel. They were welcomed by the Jewish state. They were given shelter and support, and they were integrated into Israeli society together with half a million survivors of the European Holocaust. -Yitzhak Shamir

We are a possession of the United States. Congress has full authorization power over Puerto Rico. -Ricardo Rossello

Michael Bradley has the stuff of leadership; he works hard and can break up the opponent's play. However, that's not enough to justify his philanthropic attitude towards possession, the generous portion of balls that he contributes to his foes. His sloppiness constantly culminates in unnecessary goals. -Franklin Foer

Most people in business and within their personal lives move towards complexity. More To Dos. More projects. More products. More meetings. More possessions. More goals. The best – I suggest to you – move in the opposite direction. -Robin S. Sharma

I've written so many songs that are hopeful – songs that are, like, about an old man that gives all his possessions away because he wants to help people. I wrote 'Pumped Up Kicks' just to tell a different type of story. -Mark Foster

I was interested with exploring the idea of who gets to be in possession of the land – how it's sometimes impossible to go back home, how family can be the thing that drags you down. -Dee Rees

It's people, not possessions, that make home for me. It's not that I get much time to entertain, or any of that, what with the television production schedule and, now, singing concerts all around the country and making recordings. -Jim Nabors

In the U.K. – correct me if I'm wrong – there is a legal definition of 'not being in possession of yourself' aka 'not being a person.' That's the fun thing: someone such as a lawyer needs to define, using some empirical signal, something supposedly transcendental like 'person,' something lawyers argue and argue about regarding, say, chimps in zoos. -Timothy Morton

I don't have a lot of clothes or a lot of possessions to bog me down. -Krysten Ritter

Our style of play is increasingly based on possession of the ball. It suits me as a forward. We've got an attacking approach, and that means that I get a lot of chances; otherwise, I would have not been able to score so many goals. -Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

I didn't know I was poor, growing up, because everyone was in the same boat. I couldn't have bikes. It never really bothered me, but I could have any book. I loved school; I loved learning. Yeah, I never cared for possessions. I still don't, really. -Ricky Gervais

Political dictatorships take possession not just of money and belongings but of narrative. -Hisham Matar

In my teens, I eyed my adulthood with trepidation, as if stalked by a stranger – one who would seize control as if by demonic possession and regard my fledgling incarnation with contempt. -Lionel Shriver

My most precious possession is a 13.5-feet-long fishing rod, made by an American firm called Loomis. -John Rocha

My most prized possession is my pillow. I can't travel or sleep without it. And it's, like, this really thin down pillow that really doesn't do anything, but it's weird: if I don't have it, I'm constantly thinking about not having it. -Sam Mikulak

Without the rebellious heart, without people who understand that there's no sacrifice we can make that is too great to retrieve that which we've lost, we will forever be distracted with possessions and trinkets and title. -Harry Belafonte

Most of us seem to be buried under our own possessions, and it seems to be getting worse. -Jonathan Miles

A smile and good energy. They will take you farther than any material possession. -Caroline Ghosn

The Iraqi people will not allow any country to take possession of their own resources. -Haider al-Abadi

That's what my mindset is, making the right play and doing the right thing each and every possession. -Trae Young

Every civilization is founded on sins – every single one. Dispossession, violence, appropriation. What distinguishes civilizations are the ones who rise above it. -Charles Krauthammer

In tribal Botswana, I received some woven necklaces and a handmade bow with three poison arrows. It's framed and hanging on the wall in my living room and is, without a doubt, one of my favorite possessions. -Andrew Zimmern

I knew my ways were unfulfilling. I chased power, pleasure, possessions, something satisfying. I knew I kept getting let down. I knew it was insanity, and I was never going to find fulfillment, but I didn't know what else to look for. -Lecrae

I wasn't always a minimalist. I used to buy a lot of things, believing that all those possessions would increase my self-worth and lead to a happier life. I loved collecting a lot of useless stuff, and I couldn't throw anything away. -Fumio Sasaki

Monarchs, aristocrats, and other powerful and wealthy individuals have usually been happy to have themselves and their possessions and families immortalised in oil paintings and sculpture. But before the 20th century, such dynasts rarely commissioned artworks that set out to represent society as a whole. -Linda Colley

Federal law provides very powerful tools, such as strict mandatory sentences, to go after repeat violent offenders who are illegally in the possession of a gun. -Mike DeWine

It's the heart that I play with on every single possession. And that's all that it is. -Jimmy Butler

I can't dismiss my roots as a kid growing up during the Great Depression in the ordinary midwestern town of Grand Rapids, Michigan. From the standpoint of money and material possessions, we were barely scraping by. -Richard M. DeVos

The experience of playing EuroLeague ball gave myself a different perspective on just the way the game's played. Every possession matters. Everything has to be on point. Offence, defensively – everybody has to be connected. -Anthony Bennett

If you play every time, long balls, you lose possession and you lose momentum. I don't want to be like that. -Unai Emery

It's in the DNA of River fans to prefer attractive and technical football with plenty of possession. I noticed that quickly, and I was made aware just how important that was to River fans, and so I tried to adapt with my characteristics and ability. -Radamel Falcao

The style is the same at all levels, which facilitates things: bring the ball out from the back, keep possession, work gaps to create chances. It's like that from the Under-15s all the way through. That's the Spanish way, and it has triumphed. -David de Gea

The Napoli fans want players who put their heart and soul into the match and who fight for every possession. -Edinson Cavani

I want to help my teammates, even if I'm a striker, because it's important to win back possession. But scoring is something incomparable. -Edinson Cavani

There's nothing wrong with a little self-possession, there's beauty in taking time for yourself just because you feel like it, and there's nothing wrong with not divulging every secret! -Wendi McLendon-Covey

It's not just about getting the ball and figuring out every time how you can keep possession, because there are plenty of players who can do that. That's just not how I view my performances. It's about, What can I do to change the game and the attacking aspect of the game? -Christian Pulisic

I like it when the team is in control of the match. I like very much the ball possession; I like to play in the other half. -Maurizio Sarri

When we are in possession, tactically, he is the best coach in the world for me. He works hard, watches a lot of games, and prepares us really well. Guardiola has the feeling for gaping spaces, and he already had that as a player. -Arjen Robben

I like to be in contact with the ball, have possession, to play. -Juan Mata

I treasure my friends but not my possessions. -Jonathan Pryce

With Bayern, we want a lot of ball possession and to control the play, so I operate sometimes like the 11th outfield player. Thus I am included a lot into the build-up play and have a lot of touches of the ball. -Manuel Neuer

I'm going to compete every possession. -Rajon Rondo

The shoot-and-chase approach had become big in hockey. Teams would come up to the blue line and shoot the puck around our boards deep in our zone, then swarm in after it forechecking, trying to regain possession. -Jacques Plante

Multiple personality disorder and possession are not necessarily mutually incompatible disorders. There's some evidence that you can have both. -M. Scott Peck

Everyone wants to play like Spurs. We want to play attractive football, get the ball forward, and create chances with good possession. -Christian Eriksen

I love this style: get the ball back quickly, then play possession with so many combinations. When you watch that, you get the feeling you want to go out on the pitch and play football with your friends and just enjoy yourself. City and Barcelona are great examples. -Frenkie de Jong

I love Sarri's philosophy. We play high, with a lot of possession in a technical way. -David Luiz

I still have a home in Sarajevo, and there is a room where the walls are covered with football jerseys. One is a Milan shirt with Shevchenko's name and number on the back. It is an original from one of his Serie A appearances, and he has autographed it. It has pride of place. It really is my prized possession. -Edin Dzeko

When I've watched teams that play with five at the back and wing-backs, I've looked at their starting positions and positions out of possession because that comes a little bit more unnaturally to me. -Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The secret for someone in my position is to keep it simple. Keep possession and keep the ball moving quickly so that you tire out your opponents; that's my method. -Andrea Pirlo

Part of being a Manchester United player under Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps the most important part of being one of United's attacking players was that when you were in possession, you had to take risks in order to create goal-scoring chances. It was not an option; it was an obligation. -Paul Scholes

United fans don't care if the team only has 40 per cent possession as long as they are watching an attacking team. My experience was that the supporters understood that even our best teams, even the teams with Peter Schmeichel or Edwin van der Sar in goal, were going to concede goals. -Paul Scholes

Karen is as good a coach's wife as I've ever been around, and she's better than most. She loves basketball and has a great understanding of my responsibilities, my possession. -Kelvin Sampson

Anyone can be seduced by the possession of power and influence. -Cai Guo-Qiang

At Tottenham, I'm asked to take a lot of risks to keep maximum possession of the ball and build from the back. -Hugo Lloris

I come from a Napoli team who scored 104 goals. Do you think I'm going to be hyper-defensive with Real Madrid? A team that creates chances and is great in possession is not defensive. -Rafael Benitez

When you play against a top side, you know they will have more possession, and they will be in more control, and you have to find one or two counterattacks. -Rafael Benitez

I was the executer of our mother's trust. She asked me to hold onto the house for 10 years and then sell it. I think that was because it was so hard to face dying and think of all her most prized possessions no longer being a part of our lives as well. Business wise, it was a terrible investment, because we were losing money. -Kyle Richards

I don't really have a treasured possession, but I do love my family's proper old photo album. We all have hundreds of photos on our phones now, but you can't beat the old albums stuffed with black-and-white wedding photographs and 1970s Polaroids. -Nicola Walker

My priority is possession. Attack, get a lot of players in the opposition half, take risks. -Gerardo Martino

People's most prized possessions carry deeply symbolic and emotional significance. -Gad Saad

I've been lucky enough to play for the Spanish national team and Barcelona, two sides who've shown that you can play good, attractive possession football and win major titles. -Carles Puyol

As a player, you are more concerned with the moments when you have possession of the ball or are about to receive the ball. You are watching your team-mates and trying to decide what the possibilities are. -Frank Rijkaard

When you are a coach, you are watching how the team is positioning itself on the field – if your team is in possession of the ball, you are already anticipating what could happen if you lose the ball. -Frank Rijkaard

I have always been comfortable in possession, but it is tracking and tackling that I have been working on. -James Maddison

Sometimes I'm in that timeout, and I say, 'Let's go a possession of zone,' and they're like, 'Yeah, let's do it,' and that shows that they're confident enough to roll with whatever we're doing. And sometimes they're like, 'No, no, no, no.' They don't want a possession to get away from them, possibly. -Nick Nurse

In Spain, everything's more tactical, more technical, with more possession. In Germany, it's more physical; it's about the runs you make, the counterattacks, and the German mentality is unique: whatever the score, you go to the 90th minute. -Thiago Alcantara

When you master all defensive and offensive aspects of the game and always enjoy the majority of possession, you're sitting in pole position to win. -Thiago Alcantara

Being able to hedge on a ball screen and the guy coming off and being able to guard him for a brief second and then go back and block a shot in one possessions, that's big. There's not many dudes that can do that. -Willie Cauley-Stein

Every possession matters, and everything goes down to the wire. -Willie Cauley-Stein

In Germany, we laugh at it. Mourinho just selects a topic to moan about – transfers, team preparation, a rival coach. But Pep Guardiola wants it all to be about the performance of his team. He's obsessed by possession, like at Bayern Munich, and will not compromise on that at Manchester City. -Lothar Matthaus

When you have a lot of ball possession, you have a lot of ball possession to create chances, not to play the ball around and not score. -Louis van Gaal

Regarding my coaching philosophy, I think it is important to adapt to the team/players and the culture in the country where you are coaching, but to keep possession is a key issue wherever you are. -Michael Laudrup

When I see a game on the television, and you see afterwards 'possession percentage 60-40,' that doesn't say anything for me because it could be that one team is playing the ball between the back four 120 times. -Michael Laudrup

For me, possession is to keep the ball while you are waiting for the possibility to penetrate. Every pass is for a reason. -Michael Laudrup

When I'm cruising around on my bike, I feel completely free, but I share my possessions. My friends can always borrow my motorcycles. Even if they end up crashing them, it's OK with me. -Fabio Lanzoni

A lot of people are obsessed with their possessions, but that's not right. It's OK to own a lot of things as long as you're willing to share them. -Fabio Lanzoni

I always want to talk about real life, not about material possessions. I've got to tell the story of the people for the people and not for celebrity or fame. -Slowthai

It is vital to maintain possession and to win it back as soon as possible, because if we win it high up, then the opposition has to run 70 metres. -Manuel Pellegrini

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