Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
When the unwelcome little unborn shall have seen the light my brain will be lightened, and I shall have a clearer mind. Thank God that even this weary nine months shall come to an end and leave me in possession of my own body and my own soul.
Animals are in possession of themselves; their soul is in possession of their body. But they have no right to their life, because they do not will it.
Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self.
The will is a beast of burden. If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills; if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills; Nor can it choose its rider… the riders contend for its possession.
The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.
Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.
Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
The wavering mind is but a base possession.
Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.