Thoughts on Ownership


“Freedom begins the moment you realize someone else has been writing your story and it’s time you took the pen from his hand and started writing it yourself.”

—Bill Moyers

“Ownership is the only way to influence decisions—the right decisions.”

—Geeta Gupta Fisker

“That’s what makes [the land] ours: being born on it, working on it, dying on it. That makes ownership, not a paper with numbers on it.”

—John Steinbeck

“We own what belongs to us whether we claim it or not.”

—Sarah M. Broom

“When you own your story, you get to write the ending.”

—Brené Brown

“What you really value in life is ownership, not money. If ever there is a choice—more money or more responsibi­lity—you must always opt for the latter.”

—50 Cent

“Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and solidity of our possession­s.”

—Thomas Henry Huxley

“You own your own body, and with it your own voice—and that’s the most revolution­ary insight of all.”

—Erica Jong

“By what right can anyone whatever appropriat­e the least morsel of this immense whole and say, ‘This is mine, not yours’?”

—Pyotr Kropotkin

“You can have it all, but don’t expect to have it at exactly the same time.”

—Jane Fraser

“The stupid mind thinks only in terms of possession. The man of insight thinks of utility.”


“To have so little, and it of so little value, is to be quaintly free.”

—Wallace Stegner

“Once you have something— knowledge, skills, possession­s— or have achieved something— climbing Mount Everest, for example—it becomes banal.”

—Reinhold Messner

“I felt lonely, and in full possession of my loneliness. It was the first time I had owned anything of value.”

—Ben Greenman

“Whatever is best for a human being lies outside human control. It can be neither given nor taken away.”


“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.”

—1 Chronicles 29:12

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