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Dictionary of New Epigrams


Tell me what you need and I’ll show you how to get by without it, says the sage.

Having a lot of stuff, like shirts, gives the owner some choice over what they are doing with their lives.

Money gives you a choice of what possessions you may possess.

Having one shirt may cover your body, but it doesn’t give you any choice.

Owning your own house frees you from the slavery to a landlord and a government.

You can walk away from your house, but you can’t walk away from rent past due.

Some possessions are essential to your well-being: a home, clothing, food, and a consistent way of obtaining these.

Some possessions are needless albatrosses hung around your neck, such as a credit card debt.

Possessions purchased to impress others who are impressed by them are useful only for manipulating their empty arrogance.

Possessions require care, maintenance and time, and you must ask yourself occasionally if they are worth it.

Possessions more than anything bind you to a life of slavery.

For empty people the parading of their possessions is their only proof of having a meaningful life.

Having too few possessions is as burdensome as having too many.

Your possessions die when you die.

All things created by man will soon be gone, swallowed by time.

There is pain in getting, pain in having, and pain in losing possessions.

There is no pain in looking at the Hope diamond. I know, I’ve done it.