„A man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.“

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American businessman and philanthropist 1835 - 1919

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„No one can flatter himself that he is immune to the spirit of his own epoch, or even that he possesses a full understanding of it.“

—  C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961

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Context: No one can flatter himself that he is immune to the spirit of his own epoch, or even that he possesses a full understanding of it. Irrespective of our conscious convictions, each one of us, without exception, being a particle of the general mass, is somewhere attached to, colored by, or even undermined by the spirit which goes through the mass. Freedom stretches only as far as the limits of our consciousness.

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„You must take it; I cannot live with anything in my possession that is not mine.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885

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„Possession of anything begins in the mind.“

—  Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973

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„The highest knowledge man can possess is that which is true in his own experience. If his experience is limited, so is his knowledge and he behaves accordingly.“

—  Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003

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Context: You think: you become that thought. And consciousness, or the state of pure awareness, is lost. The highest knowledge man can possess is that which is true in his own experience. If his experience is limited, so is his knowledge and he behaves accordingly.

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„A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else.“

—  O. Henry American short story writer 1862 - 1910

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„For conservation to be successful it is necessary to take into consideration that it is a characteristic of man that he can only be relied upon to do anything consistently which is in his own interest.“

—  Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh member of the British Royal Family, consort to Queen Elizabeth II 1921

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Context: For conservation to be successful it is necessary to take into consideration that it is a characteristic of man that he can only be relied upon to do anything consistently which is in his own interest. He may have occasional fits of conscience and moral rectitude but otherwise his actions are governed by self-interest. It follows then that whatever the moral reasons for conservation it will only be achieved by the inducement of profit or pleasure.

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„The ultimate possession was, in fact, the taking of the life. And then … the physical possession of the remains.“

—  Ted Bundy American serial killer 1946 - 1989

Quoted in Michaud, Stephen; Aynesworth, Hugh (1989) Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer New York: Signet. pg. 124–26

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„In his younger days a man dreams of possessing the heart of the woman whom he loves; later, the feeling that he possesses the heart of a woman may be enough to make him fall in love with her.“

—  Marcel Proust, book In Search of Lost Time

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„It is only he who is possessed of the most complete sincerity that can exist under heaven, who can give its full development to his nature. Able to give its full development to his own nature, he can do the same to the nature of other men.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

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Context: It is only he who is possessed of the most complete sincerity that can exist under heaven, who can give its full development to his nature. Able to give its full development to his own nature, he can do the same to the nature of other men. Able to give its full development to the nature of other men, he can give their full development to the natures of animals and things. Able to give their full development to the natures of creatures and things, he can assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth. Able to assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth, he may with Heaven and Earth form a ternion.

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„A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.“

—  George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799

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