Saturday, March 15, 2008

Materialism -

The best things in life aren't things. -Art Buchwald

The sole perfection which modern civilization attains is a mechanical one; machines are splendid and flawless, but the life which serves them or is served by them, is neither superb nor brilliant, nor more perfect nor more graceful; nor is the work of the machines perfect; only they, the machines, are like gods.- Karel Capek, "Letters from England"

Things are in the saddle,
And ride mankind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803-1882. Ode, inscribed to W. H. Channing.
Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.... Anwar El-Sadat

We talk about the American Dream, and want to tell the world about the American Dream, but what is that Dream, in most cases, but the dream of material things? I sometimes think that the United States for this reason is the greatest failure the world has ever seen. --Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953)

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. --Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. --Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) _Walden_, "Economy" [1854]

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