Quotes About Hoarding

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Nicole Krauss
“At the end, all that's left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that's why I've never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that's why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.”
Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

José de Almada Negreiros
“Entrei numa livraria. Pus-me a contar os livros que há para ler e os anos que terei de vida. Não chegam! Não duro nem para metade da livraria! Deve haver certamente outras maneiras de uma pessoa se salvar, senão… estou perdido.”
José de Almada Negreiros, A Invenção do Dia Claro

Basil the Great
“When someone steals another's clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.”
Basil the Great

Shane Claiborne
“God's people are not to accumulate stuff for tomorrow but to share indiscriminately with the scandalous and holy confidence that God will provide for tomorrow. Then we need not stockpile stuff in barns or a 401(k), especially when there is someone in need.”
Shane Claiborne, Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?

Randy Alcorn
“Are we truly obeying the command to love our neighbor as ourselves if we're storing up money for potential future needs when our neighbor is laboring today under actual present needs?”
Randy Alcorn, Money, Possessions and Eternity

Margaret Atwood
“We immortals aren't misers - we don't hoard! Such things are pointless.”
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

Dashiell Hammett
“...What do you do with all your money?"
"Me and the French hoard gold.”
Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man

Bill Bryson
“Originally, the cellar served primarily as a coal store. Today it holds the boiler, idle suitcases, out-of-season sporting equipment, and many sealed cardboard boxes that are almost never opened but are always carefully transferred from house to house with every move in the belief that one day someone might want some baby clothes that have been kept in a box for twenty-five years.”
Bill Bryson, At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Debasish Mridha
“By giving away we feel rich; by hoarding we feel poor.”
Debasish Mridha

“Your home is living space, not storage space.”
Francine Jay

“Some are saving their right now for later, when tomorrow could be never.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

Sara Sheridan
“I'm a library user and I just don't hoard books. To me, they're for sharing.”
Sara Sheridan

“Greed is taking more than you need to feed. Avarice is hoarding, and stockpiling stolen, rotten goods.”
Justin K. McFarlane Beau

Holly Black
“When I was a kid and brought friends over , I was defiantly proud of the chaos. I liked that I knew how to jump over the piles and the shattered glass while they stumbled. Now it just seems like an ocean of crazy that I have no way to explain.”
Holly Black, White Cat

Sarah Noffke
“The belongings people accumulate throughout their lives will always own them. People seem to think if they had more they’d be happier or freer, but their possessions only chain them to the earth.”
Sarah Noffke, Awoken

Primo Levi
“She lived with the doctor on Via Po, in a gloomy, dark apartment, barely warmed in winter by just a small Franklin stove, and she no longer threw out anything, because everything might eventually come in handy: not even the cheese rinds or the foil on chocolates, with which she made silver balls to be sent to missions to “free a little black boy.”
Primo Levi, The Periodic Table

Holly Black
“By the time dad died, the junk was so piled up that there were tunnels instead of rooms.”
Holly Black, White Cat

“I can amass countless fortunes and yet stand with empty hands. I can seek God and have fortunes that fill countless hands.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough, Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple Truths for Profound Living

“Hoarding appeared to result, at least in part, from deficits in processing information. Making decisions about whether to keep and how to organize objects requires categorization skills, confidence in one's ability to remember, and sustained attention. To maintain order, one also needs the ability to efficiently assess the value or utility of an object.”
Gail Steketee

Holly Black
“In my parents’ house, nothing was ever thrown away. Clothes piled up, formed drifts that grew into mountains Philip, Baron, and I would climb and leap from. The heaps of garments filled the hallway and chased my parents out of their own bedroom, so that they eventually slept in the room that was once Dad’s office. Empty bags and boxes filled gaps in the clutter, boxes that once held rings and sneakers and clothes. A trumpet that my mother wanted to make into a lamp rested atop a stack of tattered magazines filled with articles Dad planned to read, near the heads and feet and arms of dolls Mom promised she would stitch together for a kid from Carney, all beside an endless heap of replacement buttons, some still in their individual glassine bags. A coffeemaker rested on a tower of plates, propped up on one end to keep coffee from flooding the counters.”
Holly Black, White Cat

“Our recent research indicates that an absence of warmth, acceptance, and support characterizes the early family life of many hoarders, perhaps leading them to form strong emotional attachments to possessions.”
Gail Steketee

Holly Black
“I throw away stacks of newspaper and catalogs, bills that probably went unpaid for years, plastic bags of hangers and wires, and the hockey stick.”
Holly Black, White Cat

Fennel Hudson
“I’m beginning to realise that I’m either overly sentimental, or am a hoarder who struggles to part with things. In all honesty, I’m probably both.”
Fennel Hudson, A Waterside Year - Fennel's Journal - No. 2

“Most hoarders are capable of discarding things if they can convince themselves that the object will not be wasted, that it will go to a good home, or, as in this case, that the opportunity it presented is no longer available. But the amount of time and effort involved in attaining this certainty makes it impossible to keep up with the volume of stuff entering the home.”
Gail Steketee

“I knew then that the fewer items I was acquiring, dusting, packing, moving, and lugging around in life would free up my energy and time to create...”
Dorothy Breininger

Barbara W. Tuchman
“As there would be no more inheritance, there would be no more greed. Peter Kropotkin”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

Matt Paxton
“I've always believed that a hoarder house is a house full of quitting. To make a change, the hoarder has to stop quitting and start trying. The hoarder has to want to change...

When hoarders quit, they are cheating their potential. Every time they quit, they are taking a shortcut and they know it. The guilt builds, which is why hoarders can't allow themselves to quit again, not even once. Quitting on small actions eventually leads to completely giving up.”
Matt Paxton, The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter

Matt Paxton
“For a hoarder, staying clean isn't really about bins and labels; it's about processing items that come into the house. A good organizer can help a hoarder develop methods for sorting mail, for staying on top of recycling, and for making sure donated items get to their destinations... The repetition of bad cleaning skills is usually what got the hoarder into trouble in the first place, so an organizer works on repetition of new, positive cleaning skills.”
Matt Paxton, The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter

Matt Paxton
“Hoarding isn't about how much stuff someone has, it's about how they process those things.”
Matt Paxton, The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter

“Invariably, people who suffer from hoarding problems fail to maintain even the most rudimentary organization of their stuff—but not from lack of effort. Like Irene, most have spent countless hours trying to organize their possessions, with little success. Deficits in executive functions such as planning, categorization, organization, and attention leave them lost amid a sea of things, unable to figure out what to do next.”
Gail Steketee

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