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"To own a book is to want a shelf..."

I'm trying to find any record of a saying I once heard attributed to St. Francis of Assisi; it goes something like, "To own a book is to want a shelf to put it on; to own a shelf is to want a room to put the shelf in; to own a room is to want a house; to own a house"...etc., my memory is very vague after this point. Anyone heard something like this before?
posted by daisystomper on May 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Where can I find this Kawa-kawa bag?

Where can I buy this Kawa-kawa bag? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Apr 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me help my 7-yr-old appreciate what she has.

Help me help my daughter appreciate what she has instead of wanting more, more, more. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf on Dec 26, 2009 - 58 answers

I Can't Get No Satisfaction

How to you curb your desire for material goods? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 21, 2009 - 38 answers

Upgrade Me!

Can you suggest some replacements for standard, everyday household items that are far superior in terms of usefulness, luxuriousness and quality? [more inside]
posted by Balonious Assault on Dec 2, 2008 - 100 answers

How do I stop judging people?

How do I stop judging people and relate to them as equals? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Sep 27, 2008 - 30 answers

Mine is Bigger Than Yours

How to deal with ultra-competitive people [more inside]
posted by uxo on May 16, 2008 - 62 answers

Just more subtle forms of consumerism?

How to find balance between consumerism and materialism, and taking care of needs and appreciate quality/craftsmanship/design? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jan 20, 2008 - 25 answers

On not storing up for ourselves treasures on earth.

Please recommend some books to me that deal with simplifying life and combating materialism from a Christian perspective. I'm looking for both modern writings as well as classics. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 30, 2007 - 14 answers

Will you marry me (even if I don't spend 2 months of my salary on a ring)?

How common is it for couples to get married without an expensive engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Nov 19, 2007 - 117 answers

Help! I'm a stuffaholic.

I’m not materialistic, just far too attached to my worldly possessions. How can I break my addiction to stuff? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Oct 25, 2007 - 34 answers

Help me impart to a 15-year-old that material possessions aren't everything.

Help me impart to a 15-year-old (not my child) that material possessions aren't everything. He's got so much and still wants more. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Apr 5, 2007 - 46 answers

Please help me with my struggle between materialism and minimalism.

This is not about me mistakingly thinking material possessions = happiness. (I don't.) And it's not about me running up credit card debt because of impulse shopping. (I haven't.) This is about my competing urges: materialism and minimalism. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2007 - 44 answers

House Anxiety

How can I stop caring so much about the appearance and status of my house and neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Jan 9, 2007 - 46 answers

Why shouldn't I go to law school?

What are some legitimate reasons for attending law school? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD on Oct 28, 2006 - 42 answers

How do you cultivate gratitude?

Do you have ways to put your life into perspective and force yourself to appreciate that you're really pretty privileged? Or do you allow yourself to get bored and solipsistic and desirous of more (material or otherwise) stuff? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Jun 10, 2005 - 37 answers

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