Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.
— Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort

I've discovered I've got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces.
Steven Spielberg preoccupation quote

We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists ... in the loved one, perfection.
— Sidney Poitier

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
— Bertrand Russell

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.
— Iris Murdoch