Ahhh--stuff! It seems man has always searched for stuff, pondered stuff, horded stuff, and squandered stuff. The history of stuff is the history of mankind, and some of the earliest cave paintings show lots and lots of stuff. The first writers and philosophers questioned the nature of stuff, and today we are constantly reminded that the surfeit of stuff we possess is certainly corrupting us. I don't feel guilty about my obsession with stuff, it seems I am in good company!

AristophanesThe Frogs Really and truly though 'tis paltry stuff
The ThesmophoriazusaeWhat is this wiseacre stuff you are telling me?
Aristotle On the Heavens: Book II composed of the same stuff as that in which it is situated.
Euripedes The Suppliants, our sons are made of sterner stuff, but less winning are their caresses...
Homer The Odyssey: Book II ...of the same stuff as your father you will be neither fool nor coward...
And in his shrewd mind deep stuff did invent.
From their fine stuff woven; yet when once the breath
Lucretius On the Nature of Things:Book I From its own stuff, from its own primal bodies.
The changeless stuff, and what from that may spring ..
...their collapse to primal forms of stuff.
Plutarch Agis ...stuff from Agesistrata, and hoped if he could destroy her and the...
Eumenes redeem your stuff.
Solon ...little inconsiderable household stuff,...
Thucydides The History of the Peloponnesian War: The First Book ...found empty, and plundered the stuff...
Plotinus The Enneads What, then, is this Kind, this Matter, described as one stuff, continuous and without quality?
Quran The Bee 16.80 (He has given you) household stuff and a provision for a time
Giovanni Boccaccio The Decameron Day 5 also divers sorts of banquetting stuffe.
Dante Alighieri Paradiso Canto 16...nor covered them with such rough-textured stuff
Omar Khayyam The Rubaiyat One half so precious as the stuff they sell.
St AugustineConfessions ... and with one touch remove all that foul stuff?
Benjamin FranklinDost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Frost, RobertOut,Out--Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
The Black Cottage By the same hand working in the same stuff?
The Gum Gatherer He showed me lumps of the scented stuff
SnowOr broken its white neck of mushroom stuff
Robert Browning... I count life just a stuff
Wollstonecraft, MaryThe Rights of Women—but of such stuff is human rapture made up!—
Keats, John Endymion Book IIIOne's senses with so dense a breathing stuff
Wordsworth, WilliamRob Roy's GraveA world of other stuff.
The Prelude: Book EleventhAnd stuff at hand, plastic as they could wish,--
The Excursion: Book SecondWhat stuff the Dwellers in a solitude
The Excursion: Book ThirdTurned inward,--to examine of what stuff
Ecclesiastical SonnetsThe ancient thrones of Christendom are stuff
For occupation of a magic wand
Housman, A. E. Terence, this is stupid stuff Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink
'Tis true, the stuff I bring for sale
From far, from eve and morningThe stuff of life to knit me
Walt WhitmanAs I sat alone by blue Ontario's shores...with veins full of poetical stuff...
A Woman Waits for MeI pour the stuff to start sons and daughters fit for These States-
Who is now Reading ThisOr as if I did not see, perfectly well, interior in myself, the stuff of wrong-doing,
Leaves of Grass...out of hopeful green stuff woven.
Stuff'd with the stuff that is coarse, and stuff'd with the stuff
...and of the father-stuff
This day I am jetting the stuff
Lawrence, D. H. Amores: Dreams Nascent But the dream-stuff is molten and moving mysteriously
Alluring my eyes; for I, am I not also dream-stuff
Amores: DissoluteWhat matter the stuff I lick up in my living flame
Amores: BlueOf the stuff of the night, finding myself all wrongly
Two WivesTo defeat your baser stuff
Graves, RobertTwo FusiliersTo bind our lovely friendship fast,
By firmer stuff
Yeats, William Butler The Wild Swans at Coole: Presences In rustle of lace or silken stuff,
Eliot, T. S. The Sacred Wood: Hamlet and His Problems. ...lf-complete, in the sunlight. Hamlet, like the sonnets, is full of some stuff that the writer could not drag to light, contemplate, or manipulate...
James JoyceUlysses, Scylla and Charybdis ...woven of new stuff time after time
StevensonTreasure IslandWell, then, I mean this squire and doctor shall find the stuff
TolstoyAnna KareninaBut why have they all agreed to speak, just in the same manner, always the dreariest and most useless stuff?
Karl MarxInterview in New York World, July 18, 1871 ...and I can believe that they are not of the stuff of which conspirators are made.
Albert EinsteinOne had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not.
Shakespeare Twelfth Night "Youth's a stuff will not endure"
The Taming of the Shrew "Thy gown? Why, ay; come, tailor, let us see't.
O mercy, God! What masquing stuff is here?"
Hamlet "And let me wring your heart; for so I shall
If it be made of penetrable stuff"
The Tempest "We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep."
King Henry IV Part I ... A deal of skimble-skamble stuff.
Julius CesearAmbition should be made of sterner stuff.
Macbeth Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff

I think though, that Ralph Waldo Emerson sums it up in his essay Compensation: "Everything in nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff."