15 quotes to help you tame your material desires

15 quotes to help you tame your material desires
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Here are some quotes that highlight the spiritual understanding that indulging in desires only perpetuates the cycle of craving and dissatisfaction. They encourage us to seek fulfillment beyond material possessions and transient pleasures, and to discover a deeper sense of peace and contentment within ourselves.

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1. "Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

2. "The things you own end up owning you." - Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

3. "He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have." - Socrates

4. "The greatest wealth is to live content with little." - Plato

5. “Progress is a good thing, but remaining happy in whatever is obtained by the wish of God is a sign of development. True progress is the progress of the soul; all else is distress. There is no lasting joy in material progress.” — HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj

6. "Desires are endless, like a fire that cannot be extinguished by feeding it. The more you indulge, the stronger they grow." - Paramahansa Yogananda

7. "When desires are fulfilled, new desires arise in their place. The cycle continues until we find contentment beyond the cravings." - Deepak Chopra

8. "The more we seek fulfillment through external objects and experiences, the more we distance ourselves from the peace and joy within." - Mooji

9. "The 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." - Andrew Carnegie

10. "Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants." - Epictetus

11. "It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly." - Bertrand Russell

12. "Desires are like waves in the ocean, they never cease. But we can choose not to get caught up in their current and find stillness within." - Ram Dass

13. "As long as we chase after desires, we remain trapped in a never-ending cycle of dissatisfaction. True freedom comes from transcending them." - Sadhguru

14. "Desire is a bottomless pit that can never be filled. It is only by detaching ourselves from desires that we find true inner fulfillment." - Osho

15. "The more we attach ourselves to desires, the more we lose touch with our true selves. Letting go is the path to rediscovering our inner peace." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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