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Possession means to sit astride the world Instead of having it astride of you.

Charles Kingsley Quotes , Source: Saint's Tragedy (I, 4)

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It may be said of them [the Hollanders], as of the Spaniards, that the sun never sets upon their Dominions.

Thomas Gage Quotes , Source: New Survey of the West Indies--Epistle Dedicatory, London, 1648

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Providence has given to the French the empire of the land, to the English that of the sea, to the Germans that of--the air!

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essays--Richter

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When I behold what pleasure is Pursuit, What life, what glorious eagerness it is, Then mark how full Possession falls from this, How fairer seems the blossom than the fruit,-- I am perplext, and often stricken mute. Wondering which attained the higher bliss, The wing'd insect, or the chrysalis It thrust aside with unreluctant foot.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich Quotes , Source: Sonnet--Pursuit and Possession

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As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Bible Quotes , Source: II Corinthians (ch. VI, v. 10)

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Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Bible Quotes , Source: Matthew (ch. XX, v. 15)

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For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Bible Quotes , Source: Matthew (ch. XXV, v. 29)

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That possession was the strongest tenure of the law.

Bidpai (Pilpay) Quotes , Source: The Cat and the Two Birds (chap. v, fable iv)

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Exclusive property is a theft against nature. [Fr., La propriete exclusive est un vol dans la nature.]

Bidpai (Pilpay) Quotes , Source: The Cat and the Two Birds (chap. v, fable iv)

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When we have not what we love, we must love what we have. [Fr., Quand on n'a pas ce que l'on aime, Il faut aimer ce que l'on a.]

Roger de Bussy-Rabutin (de Bussy) Quotes , Source: Lettre a Mme. de Sevigne

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I die,--but first I have possess'd, And come what may, I have been bless'd.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: The Giaour (l. 1,114)

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Britannia needs no bulwarks No towers along the steep; Her march is o'er the mountain wave, Her home is on the deep.

Thomas Campbell Quotes , Source: Ye Mariners of England

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This is the truth as I see it, my dear, Out in the wind and the rain: They who have nothing have little to fear, Nothing to lose or to gain.

Madison Julius Cawein Quotes , Source: The Bellman

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What is dishonorably got, is dishonorably squandered. [Lat., Male parta, male dilabuntur.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Philippicoe (II, 27)

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Ah, yet, e'er I descend to th' grave, May I a small House and a large Garden have. And a few Friends, and many Books both true, Both wise, and both delightful too. And since Love ne'er will from me flee, A mistress moderately fair, And good as Guardian angels are, Only belov'd and loving me.

Abraham Cowley Quotes , Source: The Wish (st. 2)

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Of a rich man who was mean and niggardly, he said, "That man does not possess his estate, but his estate possesses him."

Laertius Diogenes Quotes , Source: Lives of Eminent Philosophers (Bion, III)

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Property has its duties as well as its rights.

Thomas Drummond Quotes , Source: Letter to the Tipperary Magistrates

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My apple trees will never get across And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him. He only says, "Good fences make good neighbors."

Robert Lee Frost Quotes , Source: Mending Wall

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For what one has in black and white, One can carry home in comfort. [Ger., Denn was man schwarz auf weiss besitzt, Kann man getrost nach Hause tragen.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Faust (I, 4, 42)

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The proud daughter of that monarch to whom when it grows [elsewhere] the sun never sets. [Lat., Altera figlia Di quel monarea a cui Ne anco, quando annotta, il Sol tramonta.]

Giambattista Guarini Quotes , Source: Pastor Fido, on the marriage of the Duke of Savoy with Catherine of Austria

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Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?

George Herbert Quotes , Source: The Church--The Size

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It is said, that the thing you possess is worth more than two you may have in the future. The one is sure and the other is not. [Fr., Un tiens vaut, ce dit-on, mieux que deux tu l'auras. L'un est sur, l'autre ne l'est pas.]

Jean de La Fontaine Quotes , Source: Fables (V, 3)

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The English, a spirited nation, claim the empire of the sea; the French, a calmer nation, claim that of the air. [Fr., Les Anglais, nation trop fiere S'arrogent l'empire des mers; Les Francais, nation legere, S'emparent de celui des airs.]

Louis XVIII Quotes , Source: said in 1783 when he was Comte de Provence during period of Montgolfier aeronautical experiments

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Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession, many.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago

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Cleon hath ten thousand acres,-- Ne'er a one have I; Cleon dwelleth in a place,-- In a cottage I.

Charles Mackay Quotes , Source: Cleon and I

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