ownership Quotes

32 of the best book quotes about ownership
“For if a room that exists under the governance, authority, and intent of others seems smaller than it is, then a room that exists in secret can, regardless of its dimensions, seem as vast as one cares to imagine.”
“If I were to inquire what passion is most natural to men who are stimulated and circumscribed by the obscurity of their birth or the mediocrity of their fortune, I could discover none more peculiarly appropriate to their condition than this love of physical prosperity. The passion for physical comforts is essentially a passion of the middle classes: with those classes it grows and spreads, with them it preponderates.”
For to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.
“The distinguishing feature of Communism is not the abolition of property generally, but the abolition of bourgeois property.”
“Bit by bit, at 124 and in the Clearing, along with others, she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”
“For I, being pent in thee, Perforce am thine, and all that is in me.”
“The clock is a conspiracy & a crime against humanity and I would not own one except I miss appointments without it.”
“I want to sue (my parents) for the rights to my own body.”
“Father said it used to be a gentleman was known by his books; nowadays he is known by the ones he has not returned.”
“‘What do you hate most?’ he asks. ‘A lie. And you?’ ‘Ownership,’ he says. ‘When you leave me, forget me.’”
“Besides this, I shard’d the Island into Parts with ‘em, reserv’d to myself the Property of the whole, but gave them such Parts respectively as they agreed on; and having settled all things with them, and engaged them not to leave the Place, I left them there.”
“Owning and maintaining a fraud had a way of gradually demoralizing one. And yet from a social standpoint it had to be done, given the absence of the real article.”
“The Chief Good we feel instinctively must be something which is our own, and not easily to be taken from us.”
“I want my own sort!”
“Being loyal to the one who owned me gave me prickly thoughts, like burrs trapped in my shift, pressing into my skin with every step.”
“Medea: we (women) bid the highest price in dowries just to buy some man to be dictator of our bodies… How that compounds the wrong!”
“And the dinosaurs whispered to Harry. They whispered very quietly, but just loud enough for Harry to hear. They said, ‘You are definitely our Harry, definitely.‘”
“You are my Scelidosaurus. You are my Stegosaurus. You are my Triceratops.”
“You can’t own my soul. What I have, I made, what I have is mine. What I have I made, what I have is mine.”
“Hundred of years ago they had climbed through the hills, carrying the few things they owned on their back, looking for somewhere in this strange land that they could claim as their own. They had come from far away, across the sea. They had fought a terrible enemy. On the coast they had heard, from the wandering native people called the Travelers, of a place at the bottom of a forbidden mountain in the high country far inland.”
“The Ratliffs own the moon that floats over the lake, and the sun and the clouds. It is a place that has been good to them, as much a part of them as a member of the family. The idea of returning year after year to a single place appeals to Gogol deeply.”
“You should take responsibility for not just the good stuff, but the bad stuff. I have noticed in leadership, in covering people over and over, it’s the people who are capable of taking ownership over failure, and apologizing very directly for their shortcomings, that succeed.”
“Excuses—they explain everything and they excuse nothing. Just be honest about what you did wrong, take ownership, and resolve to do better.”
“Belong? Well, sir, you might say it belonged to the King of Spain, but I don’t see how you can honestly grant anybody else clear title to it—except by right of possession.”
“Nearly anything you want, whenever you want it, however you’d like it, it’s yours. This is our human right. As it should be.”
“He wanted to prove quickly what he felt in his bones: that no one owned the boat, that no one had the right to claim it from him.”
“He had lost the Minnow to her rightful and unpleasant owner; he would have to go ashore and fight the owner for calling him a thief, and, as he was the smaller boy, he would probably be beaten.”
“Her great ambition was to own a laundry too- not a ‘hand’ affair likes mother’s, but a real steam one where she would walk about and tell dozens of girls in white overalls how to work.”
“Every one belongs to every one else, after all.”
“Why pay rent? Why not own your own home? Do you know that you can buy one for less than your rent? We have built thousands of homes which are now occupied by happy families.”
Source: Chapter 4, Line 6
Yes, they had bought the house, they had really bought it. It belonged to them, they had only to pay the money and it would be all right.
Source: Chapter 4, Line 26
Your girls that you all love are mine already; and through them you and others shall yet be mine—my creatures, to do my bidding and to be my jackals when I want to feed. Bah!”
Source: Chapter 25, Line 24

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