Hoarding Quotes

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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.”
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

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

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

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

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

“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

Lisa J. Shultz
“Clutter may rob us of the life we imagined or prevent us from creating a new vision for our future.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

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

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

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

“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

“Touch things. I’ve said it again and again. Look. Always, always look. Assuming what is in a box or at the back of a shelf does no good whatsoever. But assuming is the hardest thing for me to fight in my war against clutter. I see a mass of stuff and assume it’s full of emotions. I assume every last item in the pile, box, or closet will rip my heart right out of my chest. Every single item will represent a part of life I’m not ready to accept is over.”
Dana K. White, Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

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

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

William Giraldi
“I keep wondering what would have happened if his unquiet mother had hoarded books instead of semiautomatic weapons.”
William Giraldi, American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring

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

Lisa J. Shultz
“I felt that days, weeks, months, and years of my life were wasted by the removal of stuff. There were more important things I would rather have been doing. But I continued, and eventually, I felt lighter and freer than I had ever felt in the years of big houses with each room filled to the brim.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

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

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

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

Lamine Pearlheart
“It is not good to hoard money and it is
equally unsanitary to hoard knowledge; the
more you hoard the less you think and the
lesser you know. - On Greed and Knowledge”
Lamine Pearlheart, To Life from the Shadows

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

“What's the difference between a private library and a book hoarder?' he wonders.
We are both silent before chuckling and answering in unison: 'Faeces.”
Sarah Krasnostein, The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster

Lisa J. Shultz
“My choice of a lighter lifestyle has brought me a greater sense of well-being. In a world that often seems stressful and chaotic, that’s a feeling I cherish.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

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
“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
“Hoarding is holding onto what I can’t keep and all the while convincing myself that I can. And in the end, what I’m really hoarding is my need to believe something at the expense of my existence.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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