Possession Quotes

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Charlotte Eriksson
“I was free with every road as my home. No limitations and no commitments. But then summer passed and winter came and I fell short for safety. I fell for its spell, slowly humming me to sleep, because I was tired and small, too weak to take or handle those opinions and views, attacking me from every angle. Against my art, against my self, against my very way of living. I collected my thoughts, my few possessions and built isolated walls around my values and character. I protected my own definition of beauty and success like a treasure at the bottom of the sea, for no one saw what I saw, or felt the same as I did, and so I wanted to keep to myself.
You hide to protect yourself.”
Charlotte Eriksson, Another Vagabond Lost To Love: Berlin Stories on Leaving & Arriving

Bryant McGill
“Lust for possession and greed has ravaged the soul of humanity like a great cancer, metastasizing throughout society in the form of a nouveau post-human, consumer hedonism.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Bryant McGill
“There can never be any real freedom on earth as long as people try to exert ownership over the natural resources of the world.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

Ariel Gore
“Settling other people's land is an American tradition.”
Ariel Gore, Atlas of the Human Heart

Peter Prange
“In order to exert influence over people, there were other things that could be used besides love. Knowledge seemed to be an equally strong force, perhaps even stronger. Whoever possessed knowledge not only had power over the changeable passions of people, but also power over their thinking, over their minds, hearts and souls.”
Peter Prange, The Philosopher's Kiss

A.S. Byatt
“His forty-third year. His small time's end. His time-
Who saw Infinity through the countless cracks
In the blank skin of things, and died of it.”
A S Byatt

A.S. Byatt
“Here Carlyle had come, here George Eliot had progressed through the bookshelves. Roland could see her black silk skirts, her velvet trains, sweeping compressed between the Fathers of the Church, and heard her firm foot ring on metal among the German poets.”
A.S. Byatt, Possession

Greil Marcus
“Renee's self-possession, her ability to possess other selves, is a measure of the weakness of her husband, his inability to stop his own self from splitting in half.”
Greil Marcus, The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice

“One man carries salvation and damnation from the desert.”
Matthew Sawyer, Pazuzu - Manifestation

A.S. Byatt
“Pedro of Portugal's rapt and bizarre declaration of love, in 1356, for the embalmed corpse of his murdered wife, Inez de Castro, who swayed beside him on his travels, leather-brown and skeletal, crowned with lace and gold circlet, hung about with chains of diamonds and pearls, her bone-fingers fantastically ringed.”
A. S. Byatt

Vladimir Nabokov
“Ta cała psychiatria to nic innego, jak tylko swoisty mikrokosmos komunizmu [...]. Lepiej by zostawili ludziom ich kłopoty osobiste. Nasuwa się bowiem pytanie, czy kłopoty nie są jedyną rzeczą na świecie, którą ludzie mogą mieć na własność?”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin

Mary Balogh
You are my own. You are my own. He had not meant the words in that way. He had been talking strictly about possession. But oh, the longing for his love was an unbearably painful ache in her.”
Mary Balogh, Heartless

“The tragedy of life, Mitchell, happens because you can never have everything and because you will even lose the graces you have once possessed.”
Noha Alaa El-Din, Norina Luciano

“Bless me' quoth I (crossing myself) 'what spectacle have we here?' 'This' (said the good Father who was to do the Feat) 'is a man that's possest with an Evil Spirit.' 'That's a damn'd lye' (with respect of the Company, cryed the Devil that tormented him) 'for this is not a man possest with a Devil, but a Devil possest with a man. ... You are to understand that we Devils never enter into the body of a Catchpole, but by force, and inspight of our hearts; and therefore to speak properly, you are to say, this is a Devil Catchpol'd, and not a Catchpole bedevil'd.”
Roger L'Estrange, The Visions of Dom Francisco de Quevedo Villegas, Knight of the Order of St. James Made English by R.L.

Seneca
“For how little have we lost, when the two finest things of all will accompany us wherever we go, universal nature and our individual virtue. Believe me, this was the intention of whoever formed the universe, whether all-powerful god, or incorporeal reason creating mighty works, or divine spirit penetrating all things from greatest to smallest with even pressure, or fate and the unchanging sequence of causation - this, I say, was the intention, that only the most worthless of our possessions should come into the power of another. Whatever is best for a human being lies outside human control: it can be neither given nor taken away.”
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

“Sometimes in bed he held me as if he was a selfish little boy saying. 'Mine, mine, mine,' to the world. Sometimes he took care of me because he took care of things that belonged to him.”
Jade Sharma, Problems

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
“There is no longer any happiness for me, no longer any peace but in the possession of this woman whom I love and hate with equal fury. I cannot tolerate my life until hers is again mine to dispose of. Then, contented and calm, I shall see her in turn buffeted by the storms that assail me now, and I shall stir up a thousand others too. I want hope and fear, faith and suspicion, all the evils devised by hate and all the blessings conferred by love, to fill her heart and to succeed one another there at my will.”
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses

Frank Sonnenberg
“Material possessions get old and wear out. Memories last forever.”
Frank Sonnenberg, Soul Food: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

桐华 (Tong Hua)
“I’m scared that once you leave, you won’t ever come back…I’m afraid that once you return to the home you dream of, your heart will never return here. -4th Prince”
Tong Hua, Bu Bu Jing Xin/步步惊心

Anna Akhmatova
“He was jealous, fearful and tender,
He loved me like God's only light,
And that she not sing of the past times
He killed my bird colored white.

He said, in the lighthouse at sundown:
"Love me, laugh and write poetry!"
And I buried the joyous songbird
Behind a round well near a tree.

I promised that I would not mourn her.

But my heart turned to stone without choice,
And it seems to me that everywhere
And always I'll hear her sweet voice.”
Anna Akhmatova

Abhijit Naskar
“Obsession over possession only brings destruction.”
Abhijit Naskar

Kate Meader
“White hot desire ravaged his features and briefly he closed his eyes, my touch clearly too much. Owning him like this, the glory of it, thrilled through me.”
Kate Meader, Then Came You

Aldous Huxley
“How is true possession to be distinguished from fraud or the symptoms of disease? The Church prescribes four tests - the language test, the test of preternatural physical strength, the test of levitation and the test of clairvoyance and prevision. If a person can on occasion understand, or better still, speak a language, of which, in his normal state, he is completely ignorant; if he can manifest the physical miracle of levitation or perform unaccountable feats of strength, and if he can correctly predict the future or describe events taking place at a distance - then that person may be presumed to be possessed by devils. (Alternatively, he may be presumed to be the recipient of extraordinary graces; for in many instances divine and infernal miracles are, most unhappily, identical. The levitation of saintly ecstatic is distinguishable from the levitation of ecstatics demoniacs only in virtue of the moral antecedents and consequences of the event. These moral antecedents and consequences are often hard to assess, and it has sometimes happened that even the holiest persons have been suspected of producing their ESP phenomena and their PK effects by diabolic means.)”
Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun

Aldous Huxley
“No man can concentrate his attention upon evil, or even upon the idea of evil, and remain unaffected. To be more against the devil than for God is exceedingly dangerous. Every crusader is apt to go mad. He is haunted by the wickedness which he attributes to his enemies; it becomes in some sort a part of him.
Possession is more often secular than supernatural. Men are possessed by their thoughts of a hated person, a hated class, race or nation. At the present time the destinies of the world are in the hands of self-made demoniacs - of men who are possessed by, and who manifest, the evil they have chose to see in others. They do not believe in devils; but they have tried their hardest to be possessed - have tried and been triumphantly successful. And since they believe even less in God than in the devil, seems very unlikely that they will ever be able to cure themselves of their possession. Concentrating his attention upon the idea of a supernatural uncommon among secular demoniacs. But his idea of good was also supernatural and metaphysical, and in the end it saved him.”
Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun

Aldous Huxley
“Soeur Jeanne was free.
Two weeks later Surin returned to Bordeaux. The following spring Father Tranquille died in a paroxysm of demoniac frenzy.
The treasury ceased to pay the salary of the surviving exorcists, who were all recalled to their various houses.
Left to themselves such devils as remained soon took their leave.
After six years of incessant struggle, the Church Militant gave up the fight.
Its enemies promptly disappeared.
The long orgy was at an end.
If there had been no exorcists, it would never have begun.”
Aldous Huxley

“If you can't keep it, don't wish for it.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

Bhavik Sarkhedi
“Possession comes when you are not obsessed with anything.

Obsession comes when you're not possessed by anyone.”
Bhavik Sarkhedi

Shirley Jackson
“A television set in Florida refused to let itself be turned off; until its owners took an axe to it, it continued, on or off, presenting inferior music and stale movies and endless, maddening advertising, and even under the axe, with its last sigh, it died with the praises of a hair tonic on its lips.”
Shirley Jackson, The Sundial

Kahlil Gibran
“He stood up and looked at me even as the seasons might look down upon the field, and He smiled. And He said again: "All men love you for themselves. I love you for yourself.”
Kahlil Gibran, Jesus the Son of Man

“No woman before her had written publicly, with greater candor or less euphemism, about the most intimate secrets of her sex. One of those secrets- the hardest, perhaps, for Beauvoir to avow- is that a free woman may refuse to be owned without wanting to renounce, or being able to transcend, her yearning to be possessed”
Judith Thurman- introduction to The Second Sex