Surround yourself with living things: people, pets and plants. They’re the best anecdote for a material-driven culture.
— Paula Jhung
I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
— Corrie ten Boom
Possessions are very nice to have, to enjoy, to share. But if you find even one that you can’t live without – hasten to give it away. Your very freedom depends on it.
— Conrad Hilton
Do not try to live up to your neighbors. They are only interested in their possessions, not yours.
— Barbara Bush
If you focus on things, and the acquisition of things, your drive to acquire them will often be in spite of the good things you should be acquiring on the inside. People who concentrate on the acquisition of material things take shortcuts to acquire them and skip the steps necessary to build long-term attitude in exchange for short-term self-gratification.
— Jeffrey Gitomer
If you think too much about the pursuit of material things, you’re going to hurt those youngsters you’re working so hard to buy material things for.
— John Wooden
A man should never neglect his family for business.
— Walt Disney
Women are realizing now that it’s hard to be Super Woman. It isn’t so great to double your family’s income, if it means you have to turn your back on your family and your home.
— Martha Stewart
All five of our children live within ten minutes of Barbara and me and that’s more important to me than twenty trophies for winning Majors. And if it wasn’t that way in our family, I’d trade all those trophies if I could make it that way.
— Jack Nicklaus
I have so much fun being at home, getting up in the morning, making breakfast, taking my kids to school, going to school activities. That’s where my life is right now.
— Payne Stewart, shortly before he was killed in a plane crash
The things that matter most in this world are those that carry no price tag, for they can neither be bought nor sold at any price.
— Suze Orman
We didn’t have much, but we sure had plenty.
— Sherry Thomas
When we’re bombarded with images on TV that promise a happier, sexier and more fulfilled life, we naturally want to run out and buy, or dial up and order, whatever it takes to have that life. Truth is, the fewer commercials we’re exposed to, the more content we are with what we have. Watch less, want less.
— Paula Jhung
We are more than what we have.
— Don Wilson
I never thought of us as rich or poor. We always had enough. We never had a car and we didn’t have a radio. My father’s little motorbike was the family transportation. I never thought about what we didn’t have; I am still that way. All around me I see people making themselves unhappy with such thoughts.
— Luciano Pavarotti
What I spent I had, what I kept I lost, what I gave I have.
— Henry Bucher
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
— 1 Peter 4:9
They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.
— Hindu Proverb
There is no delight in owning anything unshared.
Community service is an essential part of becoming an authentic leader. It is in working with people of lesser economic means that you get in touch with the lives of diverse people and develop the heart for leadership.
— Bill George
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate what’s most important in life – my wonderful wife and two great kids.
— Mark O’Meara
After having a baby, I have a new perspective. Four-footers aren’t as important any more.
— Colleen Walker
Material things in life are iffy. You can’t take them with you when you die. The most important things are your family and your kids.
— Nick Price
I learned more than I ever wanted to know last year. My baby’s cancer strengthened me and my belief in what’s important in life – my family, the kids. God has blessed me to be able to play. It doesn’t mean I don’t get mad or frustrated, but for me, I’m just happy to be playing.
— Susie Redman
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are who already possess it.
— François de La Rochefoucauld
Nothing ever seems interesting when it belongs to you – only when it doesn’t.
— Natalie Babbitt
Our desires always increase with our possessions; the knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed, impairs our enjoyment of the good before us.
— Samuel Johnson
So many of us define ourselves by what we have, what we wear, what kind of house we live in and what kind of car we drive. If you think of yourself as the woman in the Cartier watch and the Hermes scarf, a house fire will destroy not only your possessions but yourself.
— Linda Henley
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
— Henry David Thoreau
Success is not so much what we have as it is what we are.
— Troy Aikman
Associate with people who are more successful than you: financially, spiritually, with relationships and so forth. This keeps you humble, hungry and inspired.
— Dave Anderson
We learned as children that our worth was measured by what was in our heads and hearts, not by material possession.
— Marian Edelman
A round peg won’t fit into a square hole, regardless of how many round pegs you have. Even if you upgrade from a five-dollar round peg to a million-dollar round peg, it still won’t fit. Success, then, has nothing to do with quantity, or even quality. It has to do with fit. It has to fit your God-given purpose.
— David Young