worldly possession


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n worldly possession a commodity or good associated with the earthly, rather than the spiritual, existence of human beings
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  • Henry Van Dyke
    “What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.”
  • William Cowper
    “No wild enthusiast could rest, till half the world like him was possessed.”
  • George Santayana
    “A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “What is the vanity of the vainest man compared with the vanity which the most modest possesses when, in the midst of nature and the world, he feels himself to be man!”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Whatever harsh criticisms may be passed on the construction of her sentences, she at least possesses that one touch of vulgarity that makes the whole world kin.”


In literature:

This was the ordering, and importaunce of the armours of the Romanes, by the which they possessed all the world.
"Machiavelli, Volume I" by Niccolò Machiavelli
The occasion was open to both, equally, to discover to the world what abilities they possessed.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Beloved, how it takes possession of its dark world, quite as fully as the brighter sunlight could do.
"An Englishwoman's Love-Letters" by Anonymous
Now, perhaps, this said tenant does not possess a shilling in the world, nor a shilling's worth.
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
I possess all the knowledge possible in this world.
"A Voyage in a Balloon (1852)" by Jules Verne
In this way your wife will be able to fortify herself at every point of contact which you possess with the world, with society and with life.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
There is not, I conceive, any other mountainous country in the world that can boast of possessing so favoured a spot.
"A Journey to Katmandu (the Capital of Napaul), with The Camp of Jung Bahadoor; including A Sketch of the Nepaulese Ambassador at Home" by Laurence Oliphant
When everything was settled, the widow found herself with a little less than $3,000, all she possessed in the world.
"Bought and Paid For" by Arthur Hornblow
Among the boy's other possessions was a parrot, which the admiral asserted was the smartest bird in the world.
"Dickey Downy" by Virginia Sharpe Patterson
They possessed different degrees of training and lived in widely different places and ages of the world.
"The Bible Book by Book" by Josiah Blake Tidwell

In poetry:

Less than earth to heaven, and less
Than to ages moments seem,
Is the world we now possess,
To the world of which we dream.
"Resurrection" by John Bowring
Such wondrous power doth he possess
Who formed our mortal frame,
Who called the world from emptiness,
The world obeyed and came.
"Hymn 99" by Isaac Watts
This night, vain fool, thy soul must pass
Into a world unknown;
And who shall then the stores possess
Which thou hast called thine own.
"The Worldling" by John Newton
How vast the treasure we possess!
How rich thy bounty, King of grace!
This world is ours, and worlds to come;
Earth is our lodge, and heav'n our home.
"Hymn 43 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Then well-content to show his bride
The worldly knowledge he possessed,
(That world whereof was none beside)
He laid his hand upon his breast,
And thus replied:—
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Deep the wo that fast is sending
From my cheek its healthful bloom;
Sad my thoughts as willows bending
O'er the borders of the tomb!
Without Clifford, not a blessing
In the world is worth possessing.
"The Deserted Bride" by George Pope Morris

In news:

When Zach Boren took the field as a linebacker on the Buckeyes' second defensive possession, a measure of order was restored to the senior captain's world.
Continuing threat facing the western world by the Soviet possession of the atom.
One of the World's Most Northerly Cities, Tromsø Also Possesses One of Its Most Remarkable Gardens.
During the Second World War, America possessed the great military leaders needed to guide its armed forces successfully through that terrible ordeal.
Self Possessed, who set a world record in winning the Hambletonian on Aug 7, is bypassing the Yonkers Trot in Yonkers, N.Y.
Juliet Binoche's performance in Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy mixes worldly self-possession with private doubt and vulnerability.
Spread across southeastern India, northeastern Sri Lanka and other parts of Southeast Asia, the Tamils number some 65 million people and possess one of the world's oldest cultures.
The world is covered in cobwebs and decorated by maniacal pumpkins, horror films possess every television channel and the forces of evil are finally let loose for once autumn night as children are encouraged to take candy from strangers.
Philadelphia gave out its Marian Anderson Award Monday night to a man who possesses one of the most famous voices in the world.
Unlike most medical students, his family possesses the baseball that Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig hit for a home run during the 1928 World Series.
1867 – During World War II, the United States takes possession of the then-unoccupied Midway Atoll (More info).
This was how one of the world's rarest meteorites arrived on earth - a lump of Martian rock which is now the prized possession of the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London.
And, as I was unpacking all of my worldly possessions last week, it dawned on me just how many other things lend themselves to rental -- my tools, for example.
What a way to go out: caught in possession in the last third of the field, tackle leads to painful injury, giveaway leads to goal, goal leads to World Cup exit.
Designer Lisa Kreiling melds wide-ranging taste and worldly possessions in her family's newly renovated South End townhouse.

In science:

Since the observed low energy world is lacking of possessing supersymmetry in its known particle spectrum, supersymmetry has to be broken.
Supersymmetry Breaking by Dimensional Reduction over Coset Spaces
The twisted theory possesses a world-sheet anti-commuting scalar operator Q which can be used to pro ject the theory onto the Q-cohomology.
A-Model Correlators from the Coulomb Branch
The HSWN possesses small-world effect together with identical degree of nodes.
Randomness enhances cooperation: a resonance type phenomenon in evolutionary games
The second point gives evidence of the practical relevance of AMS sources, as to possess ergodic properties is a necessity in a wide range of real-world applications of stochastic processes.
The ergodic decomposition of asymptotically mean stationary random sources
Both possess the property, that the timelike basis vector eµ (0) (τ ) = ˜eµ (0) (τ ) remains tangential to the world line xµ (τ ).
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light