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Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury -- to me these have always been contemptible. I assume that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

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) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) Psychoanalyst and social philosopher.

Once you have decided to keep a certain pile, it is no longer yours; for you can't spend it.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

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 (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

How many are the things I can do without!

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

Lay up your treasures in heaven where there is no depreciation.

Unknown Source

Less is more.

Robert Browning (1812 -1889) British poet.

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