A Quote by Simonides of Ceos on good, possessions, and women

A man gains no possession better than a good woman, nothing more horrible than a bad one.

Simonides of Ceos (c.556 - 468 BC)

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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on desires, happiness, and possessions

If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions but subtract from the sum of his desires.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

Source: H. Eves Return to Mathematical Circles, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1988.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on desires, good, knowledge, and possessions

Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on art, boldness, earth, possessions, and pride

An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. "What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor."

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Source: The City of God

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on books, church, desires, elderly, people, possessions, and secrets

Real bibliophiles do not put their books on shelves for people to look at or handle. They have no desire to show off their darlings, or to amaze people with their possessions. They keep their prized books hidden away in a secret spot to which they resort stealthily, like a Caliph visiting his harem, or a church elder sneaking into a bar. To be a book collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope-fiend with those of a miser.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

Source: The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks

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A Quote by Robert Blair on death, pleasure, possessions, and world

How shocking must thy summons be, O death, to him that is at ease in his possessions! who, counting on long years of pleasure here, is quite unfurnished for the world to come.

Robert Blair (1699 - 1746)

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A Quote by Robert B. Reich on ability, finance, people, possessions, and work

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 B. Reich

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on history, nobility, and possessions

The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on character, compromise, men, and possessions

Some men are born to own, and can animate all their possessions. Others cannot: their owning is not graceful; seems to be a compromise of their character: they seem to steal their own dividends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Queen Elizabeth I on custom, nature, people, possessions, and privacy

The use of the sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession thereof.

Queen Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603)

Source: To the Spanish Ambassador, 1580

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