My favorite non-biblical quote is from William Wordsworth’s, “The World Is Too Much With Us”: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15878 – especially the first four lines:
“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!”
As the poem suggests, many human beings are too preoccupied with the material (“The world…getting and spending”) and have lost touch with the spiritual and with nature. What a sad commentary on our society today.
Here’s a commentary on the poem: http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/wordsworth/section4.rhtml