33 Quotes About Material Things


Having an appreciation for things can bring it a deeper meaning. These quotes about material things do remind us not to get to attached physically to an inanimate object.

“Agriculture is for living; mind culture is for life. Skills are for shaping material things so that they cater more for the comfort of man; studies are for shaping attitudes, feelings, desires, emotions and impulses of man, so that they may confer more peace, more joy and more fortitude on man.”

“Always demanding the best of oneself, living with honor, devoting one’s talents and gifts to the benefits of others – these are the measures of success that endure when material things have passed away.”

“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.”

“I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one’s life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important.”

“I came to the conclusion is that we have a very shallow view of human nature in the policy world. We’re really good at talking about material things, really bad at talking about emotions, really good at stuff we can count, really bad at the deeper stuff that actually drives behavior.”

“I have my own high standards for what I want in a partner and how I want to be treated. I bring a lot to the table. I’m not talking about material things but what I have to offer as a person – love and loyalty and all the things that make a good relationship.”

“I used to think that having many material things would increase one’s stock of happiness. I found that to be completely untrue. The trappings don’t make the man at all.”

“If money and material things become the center of our lives, they seize us and make us slaves.”

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

“I’ve always been outspoken about the fact that I have no care for material things. I’m not going to post a picture of being inside a fancy jet. It doesn’t mean anything to me.”

“Let us protect our children; and let us not allow them to grow up into emptiness and nothingness, to the avoidance of good hard work, to introspection and analysis without deeds, or to mechanical actions without thought and consideration. ”

“Man is still by instinct a predatory animal given to devilish aggression. The discoveries of science have immensely increased productivity of material things. ”

“Material things have closed boundaries; they are not accessible, cannot be penetrated, by things outside themselves. ”

“Men are more evanescent than pictures, yet one sorrows for lost friends, and pictures are my friends. I have none others. I am never long enough with men to attach myself to them; and whatever feelings of attachment I have are to material things.”

“My whole life is driven by love. It always has been. It’s never been driven by material things – which are just benefits of doing something I loved.”

“No one person or material thing could ever come close to the feeling I get when the music is right.”

“One day you will realize that material things mean nothing. All that matters is the well being of the people in your life.”

“People have had to make up for their spiritual impoverishment by accumulating material things. When spiritual blessings come, material blessings seem unimportant.”

“Perhaps the rebuilding of the body and spirit is the greatest service derivable from our forests, for what worth are material things if we lose the character and quality of people that are the soul of America?”

“Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy.”

“Spiritual power is a force which history clearly teaches has been the greatest force in the development of men. Ye. we have been merely playing with it and never have really studied it as we have the physical forces.”

“The essence of spirituality does not consist in a specialized or narrow interest in some imagined part of life, but in a certain enlightened attitude to all the various situations which obtain in life.”

“The few men who possess the wealth of the material things of the earth at the present time are not truly happy.”

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”

“The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.”

“The lack of money is the root of all evil.”

“The love for material things grows like a fungus in the soul and destroys the loveliness of the human heart utterly.”

“The most valuable lesson I’ve ever learned in my life is that life is about family and friends, not about material things or any of that. It’s about enjoying your life.”

“There is no such thing as material covetousness. All covetousness is spiritual. 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.”

“Thoughts and ideas are not phantoms. They are real things. Although intangible and immaterial, they are factors in bringing about changes in the realm of tangible and material things.”

“We who are rich are often demanding and difficult. We shut ourselves up in our apartments and may even use a watchdog to defend our property. ”

“When you are having fun and creating something you love, it shows in the product. So when a woman is sifting through a rack of clothes, somehow that piece of clothing that you had so much fun designing speaks to her she responds to it and buys it. ”

“You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship.”

There are many ways to live a rich life with little material things to fill it up with.

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