The earth is the Lord's.
— EXODUS, IX., 29
The soil of all countries belongs evermore in a very considerable degree to the Almighty Maker.
— THOMAS CARLYLE, Past and Present, Book III., Chap. 8
As He who first founded the earth was then the true proprietor of it, so He still remains, and though He hath given it to the children of men, so that multitudes of people have had their sustenance from it while they continued here, yet He hath never alienated it, but His right is as good as at first; nor can any apply the increase of their possessions contrary to universal love, nor dispose of lands in a way which they know tends to exalt some by oppressing others without being justly chargeable with usurpation.
—JOHN WOOLMAN, A Word of Remembrance and Caution to the Rich, (1771), Sec. X.