Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Thoughts on ownership

Published: May 5, 2021 01:35:14 PM IST

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You own your own body, and with it your own voice—and that’s the most revolutionary insight of all.
—Erica Jong
American novelist

Freedom begins the moment you realise someone else has been writing your story and it’s time you took the pen from his hand and started writing it yourself.
—Bill Moyers,
American journalist & commentator

Ownership is the only way to influence decisions—the right decisions.
—Geeta Gupta-Fisker
Co-founder & CFO, Fisker Inc

That’s what makes [the land] ours: Being born on it, working on it, dying on it. That makes ownership, not a paper with numbers on it.
—John Steinbeck
American author & Nobel laureate

We own what belongs to us whether we claim it or not.
—Sarah M Broom
American writer

What you really value in life is ownership, not money. If ever there is a choice—more money or more responsibility—you must always opt for the latter.
—50 Cent
American rapper

When you own your story, you get to write
the ending.
— Brené Brown
American researcher & author

By what right can anyone whatever appropriate the least morsel of this immense whole and say, ‘This is mine, not yours’?
—Pyotr Kropotkin
Russian revolutionary & economist

You can have it all, but don’t expect to have it at exactly the same time.
—Jane Fraser
CEO, Citigroup

The stupid mind thinks only in terms of possession. The man of insight thinks of utility.
Spiritual leader

Once you have something—knowledge, skills, possessions—or have achieved something—climbing Mount Everest, for example—it becomes banal.
—Reinhold Messner
Italian mountaineer

To have so little, and it of so little value, is to be quaintly free.
—Wallace Stegner
American novelist

(This story appears in the 07 May, 2021 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)