115 Material Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of material quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about material possessions.

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The Most Famous Material Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Art never improves, but the material of art is never quite the same. — T. S. Eliot

Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way. — Dale Chihuly

Materialism is incomplete even as a theory of the physical world, since the physical world includes conscious organisms among its most striking occupants. — Thomas Nagel

New materials are one of the great afflictions of contemporary art. Some artists confuse new materials with new ideas. — Sol LeWitt

According to materialistic science, any memory requires a material substrate, such as the neuronal network in the brain or the DNA molecules of the genes. — Stanislav Grof

Modern architecture does not mean the use of immature new materials; the main thing is to refine materials in a more human direction. — Alvar Aalto

Beautiful forms and compositions are not made by chance, nor can they ever, in any material, be made at small expense. — Josiah Wedgwood

The chief difficulty which prevents men of science from believing in divine as well as in nature Spirits is their materialism. — H. P. Blavatsky

When art dresses in worn-out material it is most easily recognized as art. — Friedrich Nietzsche

There is no limit to beauty, no saturation point in design, no end to the material. — Salvatore Ferragamo

Short Material Quotes

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  • This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor. — John F. Kennedy
  • Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed. — Albert Einstein
  • It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering. — Paramahansa Yogananda
  • If the devil starts bringing up your past it's because he's running out of new material! — Jentezen Franklin
  • The human body is vapor materialized by sunshine mixed with the life of the stars. — Paracelsus
  • At the end of the day, that's really what it boils down to. The rest of it is just stuff. — Jared Kushner
  • Make the workmanship surpass the materials. — Ovid
  • Never love anything that can't love you back. — Bruce Williams
  • Iron ring made of wood. — Hungarian Proverbs
  • Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. — Bernard Williams

Top 10 Material Quotes

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This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor. — John F. Kennedy

What you base your happiness around? Material, women, and large paper? That means you inferior, not major. — Nas

The materials of city planning are: sky, space, trees, steel and cement; in that order and that hierarchy. — Le Corbusier

Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed. — Albert Einstein

The material of typography is the black, and it is the designer’s task with the help of this black to capture space, to create harmonious whites inside the letters as well as between them. — Adrian Frutiger

No success or achievement in material terms is worthwhile unless it serves the needs or interests of the country and its people and is achieved by fair and honest means. — J. R. D. Tata

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend upon material success . . . but on Jesus alone. — Frances Xavier Cabrini

Glass is the most magical of all materials. It transmits light in a special way. — Dale Chihuly

It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering. — Paramahansa Yogananda

Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society. — Walter Gropius

Material Image Quotes

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Material quote by Bernard Williams

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. — Bernard Williams

Material quote by Joseph Joubert

Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma. — Joseph Joubert

Material quote Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
Material quote by Serge Nubret

A bodybuilder is a sculptor who carries with him his own material. — Serge Nubret

Material quote by Robert Rauschenberg

You begin with the possibilities of the material. — Robert Rauschenberg

Material quote by William James

The lunatic's visions of horror are all drawn from the material of daily fact. — William James

Material quote Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want,
Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.

Material World Quotes

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Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love - you have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. — Eckhart Tolle

The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. — Woodrow Wilson

The inventor is a man who looks around upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization. — Alexander Graham Bell

Material quote Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.
Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.

For quiet, solitary and observant children create their own world and live in it, nourishing their imaginations on the material at hand. — Beatrix Potter

In today's America He (Jesus) has moved from the central figure of world history to source material for late-night comics and pundits who would not dare treat other religious leaders with such disrespect. — David Jeremiah

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Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma. — Joseph Joubert

Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act. All living thought is a world in preparation; all real act is a thought manifested. The material world exists because an idea began to play in divine self–consciousness. — Sri Aurobindo

Thus not only the mental and the material, but the theoretical and the practical in the mathematical world, are brought into more intimate and effective connection with each other. — Ada Lovelace

I recall drinking sherry in California and dreaming of England, where I ate dalmoth and dreamed of Delhi. What is the purpose, I wonder, of all this restlessness? I sometimes seem to myself to wander around the world merely accumulating material for future nostalgias. — Vikram Seth

Invention is the most important product of man's creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs. — Nikola Tesla

Material Possessions Quotes

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I am no longer cursed by poverty because I took possession of my own mind, and that mind has yielded me every material thing I want, and much more than I need. But this power of mind is a universal one, available to the humblest person as it is to the greatest. — Andrew Carnegie

You could call me on the phone and say, 'Someone blew up your entire house, Mike.' If it's not a person involved, I would sort of blink, whatever. That's all replaceable, right? — Michael Saylor

Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own earth — Frank Lloyd Wright

As you get older, you just realize that there’s no happiness in material possessions. — Naval Ravikant

I was one of those people who put too much emphasis on work and career and material possessions, and it took its toll on all my relationships, on my physical health, my emotional and mental health. — Tony Shalhoub

Like money, like stuff. — Vietnamese Proverbs

Better a drop of wisdom than an ocean of gold — Greek Proverbs

As in Machiavelli, the bearing of arms is the essential medium through which the individual asserts both his social power and his participation in politics as a responsible moral being; but the possession of land in nondependent tenure is now the material basis for bearing of arms. — J. G. A. Pocock

Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake. — E. M. Forster

In the West many Christians have an abundance of material possessions, yet they live in a backslidden state. — Brother Yun

Material Wealth Quotes

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The State of Israel will prove itself not by material wealth, not by military might or technical achievement, but by its moral character and human values. — David Ben-Gurion

When you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes but the monkey remains. — African Proverbs

At the end of your lives you will not be judged by academic successes, the degrees or diplomas earned, the positions held, the material wealth acquired, or power and prestige, but rather on the basis of what you have become as persons and what you are in conduct and character. — Howard W. Hunter

Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth... Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it. . — John Templeton

Our inequality materializes our upper class, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class. — Matthew Arnold

We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained. — Derrick Bell

True prosperity is not limited to material wealth. — Enoch Adeboye

Paradoxical as it may seem, men and women who are free to pursue individualism and material wealth turn out to be the most compassionate of all. — Lawrence B. Lindsey

The real wealth of a nation is its people. And the purpose of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy, and creative lives. This simple but powerful truth is too often forgotten in the pursuit of material and financial wealth. — Mahbub ul Haq

To get joy, we must give it and to keep joy, we must scatter it. — John Templeton

Material Girl Quotes

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I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back. — Imelda Marcos

We are living in a material world and I'm a material girl. — Madonna Ciccone

Well, we're living in a material world, and I'm a material girl... or boy. — Adam Sandler

Whats the biggest commercial for aggression, sexuality and materialism? What gets pumped into these kids heads? Taking someone elses girl, which is so laissez-faire in hip-hop, will get you killed in the streets, but it doesnt seem to be an issue when you hear it on the radio. — Lupe Fiasco

I was lucky enough to meet the Material Girl twice. — Eric West

Cross-generational sex is the phenomenon in which young girls are given material goods in exchange for sex. All girls are vulnerable to it, particularly orphans. — Ashley Judd

I was an incredibly devoted student, and I would often wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning to study. But even so, there were still people who thought that a girl like me with a background like mine wasn't really "college material." — Michelle Obama

Material Girl is about having your own personal style, and my personal style reflects the brand's aesthetic. — Georgia May Jagger

The hindrances to being psychic are a general dullness that develops from living in the material world, and being a material girl. — Frederick Lenz

Oh no we don't play with silly girls All I know is the material girls — Nicki Minaj

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More Material Quotes

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Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children. . . — Amilcar Cabral

We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labor that is available from the natives of the colonies. The colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods produced in our factories. — Cecil Rhodes

The truth is, the Science of Nature has been already too long made only a work of the Brain and the Fancy: It is now high time that it should return to the plainness and soundness of Observations on material and obvious things. — Robert Hooke

We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependents, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. — Enoch Powell

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred...unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The richer we have become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Of course, if you have thought up to now that an actor relies merely on inspiration you will have to change your mind. Talent without work is nothing more than raw unfinished material. — Constantin Stanislavski

Development is not about factories, dams and roads. Development is about people. The goal is material, cultural and spiritual fulfilment for the people. The human factor is of supreme value in development. — Rajiv Gandhi

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours. — John Locke

American life, in large cities, is a perpetual assault on the senses and the nerves; it is out of asceticism, out of unworldliness, precisely, that we bear it. — Joseph McCarthy

No social system will bring us happiness, health and prosperity unless it is inspired by something greater than materialism. — Clement Attlee

We eat light, drink it in through our skins. With a little more exposure to light, you feel part of things physically. I like feeling the power of light and space physically because then you can order it materially. Seeing is a very sensuous act-there's a sweet deliciousness to feeling yourself see something. — James Turrell

The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help. — Napoleon Hill

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. — Carl Jung

God, the supreme being, is neither circumscribed by space, nor touched by time; he cannot be found in a particular direction, and his essence cannot change. The secret conversation is thus entirely spiritual; it is a direct encounter between God and the soul, abstracted from all material constraints. — Avicenna

It has taken a great deal of energy, which has not been so difficult to summon as the necessary patience to wait, simply wait much of the time - until my instincts assured me that I had assembled my materials in proper order for a final welding into their natural form. — Hart Crane

A life without love is a waste. 'Should I look for spiritual love, or material, or physical love?', don't ask yourself this question. Discrimination leads to discrimination. Love doesn't need any name, category or definition. Love is a world itself. Either you are in, at the center... either you are out, yearning. — Shams Tabrizi

Without natural resources life itself is impossible. From birth to death, natural resources, transformed for human use, feed, clothe, shelter, and transport us. Upon them we depend for every material necessity, comfort, convenience, and protection in our lives. Without abundant resources prosperity is out of reach. — Gifford Pinchot

Each soul in entering the material experience does so for those purposes of advancement towards that awareness of being fully conscious of the oneness with the Creative Forces. — Edgar Cayce

Each suburban wife struggles with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night- she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question-- 'Is this all? — Betty Friedan

Shakespeare doesn't belong to the past. If his material is valid, it is valid now. It's like coal. The only meaningfulness of a piece of coal starts and finishes with its combustion, giving us light and heat. And that to me is Shakespeare. — Peter Brook

I consider space to be a material. The articulation of space has come to take precedence over other concerns. I attempt to use sculptural form to make space distinct. — Richard Serra

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