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No man but feels more of a man in the world if he have a bit of ground that he

can call his own. However small it is on the surface, it is four thousand miles
deep; and that is a very handsome property. ~Charles Dudley Warner
As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the
landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and
demand a rent even for its natural produce. ~Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
Property is organized robbery. ~George Bernard Shaw
Few rich men own their property; the property owns them. ~Robert Ingersoll,
speech, New York, 29 October 1896
What we call real estate - the solid ground to build a house on - is the broad
foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests. ~Nathaniel
No man acquires property without acquiring with it a little arithmetic also.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their
property that they may more perfectly respect it. ~G.K. Chesterton
Property has its duties as well as its rights. ~Thomas Drummond
Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it
with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man
walks on. It is not man. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The right to private property meant at the same time the right and duty to be
personally concerned about your own well-being, to be personally concerned
about your family's income, to be personally concerned about your future.
This is hard work. ~Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Men would live exceedingly quiet if these two words, mine and thine were
taken away. ~Anaxagoras
It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents
men from living freely and nobly. ~Bertrand Russell, Principles of Social
Reconstruction, 1917
Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main
bulwark. ~Walter Lippmann
The dichotomy between personal liberties and property rights is a false one.
Property does not have rights. People have rights. ~Potter Stewart
If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is
inextricably linked with civilization. ~Ludwig von Mises
Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but
himself. ~John Locke
We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our
clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting the
best property of all - friends? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
[T]he recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and
obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses. It has led
Individualism entirely astray. It has made gain, not growth its aim. So that
man thought that the important thing is to have, and did not know that the
important thing is to be. ~Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism
Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug
property. ~Maria Edgeworth

Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the
contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that
caused men to make laws in the first place. ~Frederic Bastiat
Property is the pivot of civilization. ~Leon Samson
Upon the sacredness of property civilization itself depends - the right of the
laborer to his hundred dollars in the savings bank, and equally the legal right
of the millionaire to his millions. ~Andrew Carnegie
The slogan of the National Association of Landlords is the commaless "We
Shelter You America." The truth of the matter is, however, that landlords
shelter no one, while in fact the law shelters them... from the immediate
expropriation that would occur if there were not force of gun and jail to back
up this phoney, abusive, so-called property right. ~Fred Woodworth, Rent:
An Injustice
The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.
~John Locke
Don't you know that if people could bottle the air they would? Don't you know
that there would be an American Air-bottling Association? And don't you
know that they would allow thousands and millions to die for want of breath,
if they could not pay for air? I am not blaming anybody. I am just telling how
it is. ~Robert Ingersoll, A Lay Sermon
As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of
exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
So long as the great majority of men are not deprived of either property or
honor, they are satisfied. ~Niccolo Machiavelli

It is the lash of hunger which compels the poor man to submit. In order to live
he must sell - "voluntarily" sell -himself every day and hour to the "beast of
property." ~Johann Most,The Beast of Property

Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the
right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the
results, which means: the right of property. ~Ayn Rand

The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that
you're free to do anything. ~From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by
Chuck Palahniuk

"Whatever is not nailed down is mine." This is the motto of the exploiter.
"Whatever can be pried loose is not nailed down." This is the second maxim in
a country where people are rich, caring little in their present prosperity what
shall become of the future. ~David Starr Jordan, 1910

As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have
a property in his rights. ~James Madison

Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights,

human rights must prevail. ~Abraham Lincoln

An argument fatal to the communist theory, is suggested by the fact, that a

desire for property is one of the elements of our nature. ~Herbert Spencer

No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
~Author Unknown

So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not
authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the
whole community. ~William Blackstone

By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression.
~Sigmund Freud

Religion, the dominion of the human mind; Property, the dominion of human
needs; and Government, the dominion of human conduct, represent the
stronghold of man's enslavement and all the horrors it entails. ~Emma

Individual possession is the great entering wedge, which has split society into
eight hundred million fragments.... It virtually, practically, and theoretically
denies the brotherhood of man. ~Hiram Stafford, The Liberator, 8 September

I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property. ~Norman


Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana. ~Bill Gates

Theories are private property, but truth is common stock. ~Charles Caleb

Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather
than housed by them. ~Henry David Thoreau

By avarice and selfishness, and a groveling habit, from which none of us is

free, of regarding the soil as property, or the means of acquiring property
chiefly, the landscape is deformed, husbandry is degraded with us, and the

farmer leads the meanest of lives. He knows Nature but as a robber. ~Henry
David Thoreau

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

The earth is the general and equal possession of all humanity and therefore
cannot be the property of individuals. ~Leo Tolstoy

Property, n. Any material thing, having no particular value, that may be held
by A against the cupidity of B. Whatever gratifies the passion for possession in
one and disappoints it in all others. The object of man's brief rapacity and
long indifference. ~Ambrose Bierce

Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property. Obedience
is the premium which we pay for it. ~William Penn

I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, "Get the
hell off my property." ~Joan Rivers

If property had simply pleasures, we could stand it; but its duties make it
unbearable. In the interest of the rich we must get rid of it. ~Oscar Wilde

The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting
places in our organization, which often makes a man's course seem crooked,
his conduct a riddle. ~Abraham Lincoln

The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of

more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the
country. ~John Adams

The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of
sayingThis is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the
real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars and murders, from
how many horrors and misfortunes might not anyone have saved mankind, by
pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, "Beware
of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits
of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." ~Jean Jacques
Rousseau, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality