Hoarding Quotes

Quotes tagged as "hoarding" (showing 1-30 of 50)
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

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

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

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

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

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The shortest short-term investment is to serve ourselves.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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

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

Chuck Palahniuk
“Hoard food and it rots. Hoard money and you rot. Hoard power and the nation rots.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Adjustment Day

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

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

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

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

“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

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

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“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

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

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“We can fill our lives with ‘stuff,’ but as we do we’re concurrently filling our lives with the obligation to maintain that ‘stuff.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If it has anything to do with me, it has nothing to do with sacrifice.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

David  Wong
“So why do we call her crazy for piling her trailer full of more cats than she could take care of but applaud when somebody accumulates more money than they can spend? They're both hoarders.”
David Wong, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Hoarding can never end, for the heart of man always covets for more, its raging appetites can only be quenched by the heavy sands of the grave.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Book of Wisdom

Olivia Laing
“All these people talk about hoarding, the pack-rat way she (Vivian Maier) went through life. Watching, I couldn't help but feel their reactions were at least partly about money and social status; about who has right to ownership and what happens when people exceed the number of possessions that their circumstance and standing would normally allow. I don't know about you but if I was asked to put everything I own in a small room in someone else's house, I might well look like a hoarder. Although neither extreme poverty nor wealth makes one immune to craving an excess of possessions, it's worth asking of any behavior presented as weird or freakish whether the boundary being transgressed is class, not sanity at all.”
Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If I’m owed anything, it would be all of the consequences that come with believing that I’m owed.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Some might say that attempting to gain everything is the best way to lose everything. To the contrary, I would argue that if I’ve spent my life trying to gain everything, I never had anything to lose in the first place.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Hoarding does not discriminate on the basis of income or intellect.”
Sarah Krasnostein, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster

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

E.A. Bucchianeri
“There's a difference between a blessed increase and greedy oversolicitous hoarding.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Vocation of a Gadfly

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