"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."
"Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends."
"Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade."
— Marcel Proust
"Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it."
— Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit."
— Pliny the Younger