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Materialism

Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.

Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss writer.

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish writer, poet, and physician.

When we try in good faith to believe in materialism, in the exclusive reality of the physical, we are asking our selves to step aside; we are disavowing the very realm where we exist and where all things precious are kept -- the realm of emotion and conscience, of memory and intention and sensation.

John Updike (1932-?) American writer.

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We are the slaves of objects around us, and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

Most men love money and security more, and creation and construction less, as they get older.

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) British economist.

Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.

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