Values Quotes

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May these values quotes on many subjects inspire you to never give up and keep working towards your goals. Who knows—success could be just around the corner.

In ethicsvalue denotes the degree of importance of some thing or action, with the aim of determining what actions are best to do or what way is best to live (normative ethics), or to describe the significance of different actions. Value systems are proscriptive and prescriptive beliefs; they affect ethical behavior of a person or are the basis of their intentional activities.



Values are like fingerprints. Nobodies are the same but you leave them all over everything you do. – Elvis Presley

Values are related to our emotions, just as we practice physical hygiene to preserve our physical health, we need to observe emotional hygiene to preserve a healthy mind and attitudes. – Dalai Lama

Values reflect what is important to the way you live and work. – Anonymous

21st Century Managers must change their thinking because they are now in the business of managing Mindsets & thinking, which impacts actions and behaviors. – Tony Dovale

A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine.- The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration, Vera Nazarian

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.- The Life & Letters of Charles Darwin, Charles Darwin

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.— Charles Darwin

A mission statement is not something you write overnight but fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life. – Stephen Covey

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.— Dwight D. Eisenhower

All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.— Taiichi Ohno

Anything that just costs money is cheap.- John Steinbeck

Apart from values and ethics which I have tried to live by, the legacy I would like to leave behind is a very simple one – that I have always stood up for what I consider to be the right thing, and I have tried to be as fair and equitable as I could be.— Ratan Tata

Are the styles we embrace a matter of taste, or of values rejected? – Pat MacDonald

As Christians we are constantly bombarded with attitudes and values which are contrary to biblical teaching. – Billy Graham

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Before you come alive, life is nothing;
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.- Confucius

Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.— Antoni Gaudi

Corporatist attitudes against capitalism came to the fore in the 1920s. Corporatists, with their conservative values, hated the invasion of towns and regions by new businesses, upsetting traditional ways, wealth and status. – Edmund Phelps

Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.— Oprah Winfrey

Culture consists of the shared purpose, attitudes, values, goals, practices, behaviors, and habits that define a team or organization. – Jon Gordon

Define your priorities, know your values and believe in your purpose. Only then can you effectively share yourself with others. – Les Brown

Development is not about factories, dams and roads. Development is about people. The goal is material, cultural and spiritual fulfilment for the people. The human factor is of supreme value in development. – Rajiv Gandhi

Your gifts lie in the place where your values, passions and strengths meet. Discovering that place is the first step toward sculpting your masterpiece, Your Life.— Michelangelo

Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, revelling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.— Bell Hooks

Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.— William Shakespeare

Dont think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.— Voltaire

Education (the institution) has now adopted values, attitudes, and practices that make any rigorous understanding of the human self and life impossible. – Dallas Willard

Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love, and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention. – Deepak Chopra

Even the best Mindset will become contaminated and eventually blunted in a toxic organisational culture. – Tony Dovale

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.— C. S. Lewis

God does not want you to become a God; he wants you to become godly – taking on his values, attitudes, and character. – Rick Warren

Good moral values are mostly molded from a place where love, faith, and hope exist. – Arsenio V. Manalo Jr

Good values are like a magnet – they attract good people. – John Wooden

Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.- Killosophy, Criss Jami

Great people have great values and great ethics. – Jeffrey Gitomer

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. – Ayn Rand

How sweet to be a Cloud
Floating in the Blue
It makes him very proud
To be a little cloud.— A. A. Milne

I am the colour red, in a world of black and white and if you value your ability to breathe… Don’t get too close.— Bray Wyatt

I had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values. – Sidney Poitier

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.- Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse

I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values, and follow my own moral compass, then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own. – Michelle Obama

I never wanted to be on any billionaires list. I never define myself by net worth. I always try to define myself by my values. – Howard Schultz

I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me those are traditional values. – Ellen Degeneres

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.— Robert Brault

If we define society as a human community, then the transformation of individual attitudes and values represents meaningful social change. – Leslie Weisman

If we lose our human values by having everything mechanized, then machines will dictate our lives. – Dalai Lama

If we value independence, if we are disturbed by the growing conformity of knowledge, of values, of attitudes, which our present system induces, then we may wish to set up conditions of learning which make for uniqueness, for self-direction, and for self-initiated learning. – Carl Rogers

If you don’t stick to your values when they are being tested, they’re not values, they’re hobbies. – Job Stewart

If you knew the true value of yourself, you will never allow yourself to be humiliated by committing sins.— Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

In every single poor country that I visited, I saw poor values and resentful attitudes. But in the rich, I saw delusional arrogance. – Robin Sacredfire

Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.— Sayings

it ‘s up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing else but the meaning that you choose.— Jean-Paul Sartre

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.- Aristotle

It is not to say that everything is fine and a positive attitude is all you need. But I share about values and principles and attitudes and I never tell people I understand their pain. – Nick Vujicic

It [The Kingdom] is not defined by human preferences or cultural values or attitudes, but is “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. – Kirby Clements Senior

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. – Mahatma Gandhi

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.— Heber J. Grant

Live your days on the positive side of life, in tune with your most treasured values. And in each moment you’ll have much to live for. – Ralph Marston

Living with integrity means behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. – Barbara De Angelis

Love is a decision,” I answered. “Choose your love and then love your choice”. Shared values and attitudes are much more important to a long term compatibility than common activities or backgrounds. One day at a time, one small step at a time, and it’s suddenly 36 years later. – Michelle Mras

Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.- Deepak Chopra

Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your peace of mind, self respect, values, morals and self worth.— Buddha

Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, self-respect, values, morals or self-worth. – Anonymous

Most of the problems of the world stems from linguistic mistakes and simple misunderstandings. Don’t ever take words at face value. When you step into the zone of love, language as we know it becomes obsolete. That which cannot be put into words can only be grasped through silence.— Shams Tabrizi

Never compromise your values. – Steve Maraboli

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do day after tomorrow just as well.— Mark Twain

Never waste your feelings on people who don’t value them.- Anonymous

O, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth. – Roman Payne

Of two hearts one is always warm and one is always cold: the cold heart is more precious than diamonds: the warm heart has no value and is thrown away.- Graham Greene

Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values. – Dalai Lama

Our attitudes and personal values create outcomes. The consequence of any venture shapes our evolving ethical precepts, and the product of a sundry of worldly experiences in turn establishes our personality. – Kilroy J. Oldster

Our attitudes, our perspectives, our ways of relating to others, our methods of responding to the circumstances of the world around us, our self-image, even our understanding of God have all been shaped by the destructive values and dehumanizing structures of the world’s brokenness. – M. Robert Mulholland Jr.

Our focus is our reality. What we choose to focus on becomes our world. It produces our thoughts, values, attitudes, and beliefs. – David J. Lieberman

Our mission and core values drive our culture and are the foundation of our practice. We measure each decision against these standards. – Chris Hanslik

Our national motto is ‘In God we Trust,’ reminding us that faith in our Creator is the most important American value of all.— Marco Rubio

Our value is the sum of our values. – Joe Batten

Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on the object we’re waiting for.— Charles Stanley

Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions. – Mark Richardson

Peer pressure is not a monolithic force that presses adolescents into the same mold … Adolescents generally choose friend whose values, attitudes, tastes, and families are similar to their own. In short, good kids rarely go bad because of their friends. – Laurence Steinberg

People who are role models for the principles and values of the organization, who buy in and understand the vision of what the organization is trying to accomplish, and have the personality to inspire other people to the vision. You know, that’s what team chemistry and leadership is all about.— Nick Saban

People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.- Michael Bassey Johnson

Personalising success means defining it in line with your defined mission and beliefs. This will help ignite a passion for the dream as well as develop underlying values and attitudes. – Archibald Marwizi

REAL Leaders are experts at bringing out the best in others … Thinking , feelings and actions. They improve their teams’ thinking skills and Mindsets. – Tony Dovale

Real value isn’t in what you own, drive, wear or live. The greater value is found in love and life, health and strength, friends and family! — T. D. Jakes

Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, a path where negative emotions have no use. – Sai Baba

Repentance is sometimes described as “coming to our senses” (see Luke 15:17)- 2 Tim. 2:25-26). It involves a waking up to the fact that we have been deceiving ourselves and that our ideas, attitudes, values, or goals have been wrong. – Ken Sande

Simple old-fashioned values come from a sense of community are the key to a great society. I believe we all have that sense from childhood memories when life was simple. It’s those memories that should drive us to reflect on our values. – Lindsay Fox

Slightly older men and women, they had professions and soft slacks with knife pleats and a certain ease of bearing and belonging, the package of attitudes and values known as lifestyle – Don DeLillo

Some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve worked with over a sixty-five-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses. – Peter Drucker

Something that is yours forever is never precious- My Name Is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until becomes a memory.— Dr. Seuss

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. – Theodor Seuss Geisel

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.— Albert Einstein

Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values. Knowing where one belongs can transform an ordinary person – hardworking and competent but otherwise mediocre – into an outstanding performer.— Peter Drucker

The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity.— Steven Biko

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.- Walden, Henry David Thoreau

The cultivation of human values alone is education. – Sathya Sai Baba

The foundation of all long-term success lies in building a Resilient and Growth oriented MINDSET. – Tony Dovale

The Holocaust also shows us how a combination of events and attitudes can erode a society’s democratic values. – Tim Holden

The ignorant person is totally blind he does not appreciate the value of the jewel.— Guru Gobind Singh

The most practical teaching of the Gita, and one for which it is of abiding interest and value to the men of the world with whom life is a series of struggles, is not to give way to any morbid sentimentality when duty demands sternness and the boldness to face terrible things.— Bal Gangadhar Tilak

The solution [to a crisis pregnancy] is not to kill the innocent baby but to deal with the mother’s values and her attitudes toward life. – Jesse Jackson

The things that seem insignificant to most people such as note, song, or walk become invaluable trasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever.— Bob Marley

The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation.

The value of our good is not measured by what it does, but by the amount of good it does to the one concerned.— Milton S. Hershey

The value of three things is justly appreciated by all classes of men: youth, by the old; health, by the diseased; and wealth, by the needy.— Omar Khayyam

There is an objective reality out there, but we view it through the spectacles of our beliefs, attitudes, and values. – David Myers

Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.— Jim Rohn

To insure the continuity of philanthropy, we must instill in kids the values and attitudes that will enable them to see charity as a vital part of their lives. – Mary Leonard

To preserve openness of heart and calmness of mind, nurture these attitudes:
Kindness to those who are happy
Compassion for those who are less fortunate
Honor for those who embody noble qualities
Equanimity to those whose actions oppose your values – Nischala Joy Devi

To the extent people prioritize values and goals such as achievement, money, power, status and image, they tend to hold more negative attitudes towards the environment, are less likely to engage in positive environmental behaviors, and are more likely to use natural resources unsustainably, – Naomi Klein

To those who cite the first amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions and everyday life, may I just say: The first amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.— Ronald Reagan

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.- Albert Einstein

We are of such value to God that He came to live among us… and to guide us home. He will go to any length to seek us, even to being lifted high upon the cross to draw us back to Himself. We can only respond by loving God for His love. – St. Catherine of Siena

We suffer much agony because we try to get from people what only God can give us, which is a sense of worth and value. Look to God for what you need, not to people.— Joyce Meyer

We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving. – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

Whatever the self-righteous excesses of the environmentalist left, it is impossible to be true to traditional conservative values (to say nothing of the Christian faith conservatives like me profess) and hold laissez faire attitudes about the use and abuse of the natural world. – Rod Dreher

When children attend schools that place a greater value on discipline and security than on knowledge and intellectual development, they are attending prep schools for prison.— Angela Davis

When values, thoughts, feelings, and actions are in alignment, a person becomes focused and character is strengthened. – John C. Maxwell

When you have defined your mission, values and attitudes in the context of leadership influence and excellence, you also need to conduct a personal audit, checking how aligned they are to your current leadership practices. Where necessary, begin to make adjustments. – Archibald Marwizi

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier. – Roy E. Disney

While it is positive for young black males and females to learn discipline and self-responsibility, those attitudes, values, and habits of being can be taught with pedagogical strategies that are liberatory, that do not rely on coercive control and punishment to reinforce positive behavior. – Bell Hooks

With the right MINDSET, you can Survive, Thrive & Grow … Even in the Midst of turbulence and change – Tony Dovale

You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live. And most people are concerned about growing old rather than being effective.— Myles Munroe

You don’t have to live a lie. Living a lie will mess you up. It will send you into depression. It will warp your values. – Gilbert Baker

You must know that you are worth much to me whether you accomplish anything or not. Even if you are rejected in the world’s eyes, you are valuable to me.- Stormie: A Story of Forgiveness and Healing, Stormie Omartian

Your attitude is an expression of your values and expectations. – Zabid Abas

Your core values are the deeply held beliefs that authentically describe your soul. – John C. Maxwell

Your personal core values define who you are. – Tony Hsieh

Your value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.— Zig Ziglar

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someones inability to see your worth.— Ted Rubin

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Quotes From Wikiquote

  • Blessed, plainly, is that life which is not valued at the estimation of outsiders, but is known, as judge of itself, by its own inner feelings. It needs no popular opinion as its reward in any way; nor has it any fear of punishments. Thus the less it strives for glory, the more it rises above it.
    • Ambrose, On The Duties of the Clergy, Book 2, Chapter 1
  • Both the court and the general public give a conventional value to men and things, and then are surprised to find themselves deceived by it. This is as if arithmeticians should give a variable an arbitrary value to the figures in a sum, and then, after restoring their true and regular value in the addition, be astonished at the incorrectness of their answer.
    • Nicolas Chamfort, Maxims and Considerations, E. P. Mathers, trans. (1926), #199
  • No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us.
    • Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, vol. 1 (1820), #26

  • Values that are expressed but that don’t change behavior are not really values, they are lies that you tell yourself.
    • Coraline Ada Ehmke, Antisocial Coding: My Year at GitHub (July 5, 2017)
  • It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril.
    • J. William Fulbright, remarks in the Senate (June 29, 1961), Congressional Record, vol. 107, p. 11703
  • Everything excellent limits us momentarily because we feel unable to match up to it; only insofar as we subsequently accept it into our own culture, absorb it as belonging to our own mental and temperamental powers, do we come to love and value it.
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections, Elisabeth Stopp, trans. (Penguin: 1998) #348
  • Is it because Westerners have come to lose their intellectuality through over-developing their capacity for action that they console themselves by inventing theories which set action above everything, and even go so far, as in the case of pragmatism, as to deny that there exists anything of value beyond action; or is the contrary true, that it is the acceptance of this point of view that has led to the intellectual atrophy we see today?
    • René Guénon, The Crisis of the Modern World (1927), p. 47
  • The idea that an aim can be reasonable for its own sake—on the basis of virtues that insight reveals it to have in itself—without reference to some kind of subjective gain or advantage, is utterly alien to subjective reason, even where it rises above the consideration of immediate utilitarian values and devotes itself to reflection about the social order as a whole.
    • Max Horkheimer, Eclipse of Reason (1947), p. 4
  • The Secretary of State, the President, they all talk about “values”. A “value” is a subjective desire, not an objective truth. George Washington said: “The foundations of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality.” If you had said, “Oh, Mr. Washington, you mean in our ‘values?'” Washington would have replied, “What the hell are you talking about?”
    • Harry Jaffa, interview with Peter Robinson (July 2009), Forbes
  • I’m convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered.
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (1967)
  • τὸ ἐν ἀνθρώποις ὑψηλὸν βδέλυγμα ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ.
    • What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.
    • Gospel of Luke 16:15 NIV
  • No philosopher would be willing to accept the idea of philosophy as a way of escape, but might there not be a question of the philosopher being in duty bound to refuse to accept a world, like our real world here, of disorder and crime where the values of the mind and spirit can no longer find a home?
    • Gabriel Marcel, Man Against Mass Society (1952), p. 116
  • Virtue is not a chemical product, as Taine once described it: it is a historic product, like language and literature; and this means that if we cease to care about it, cease to cultivate it, cease to transmit its funded values, a large part of it will become meaningless, like a dead language to which we have lost the key. That, I submit, is what has happened in our own lifetime.
    • Lewis Mumford, Values for Survival (1946)
  • Behold the good and the just! … Behold the believers of all faiths! Whom do they hate most? The man who breaks their tables of values, the breaker, the lawbreaker. Yet he is the creator.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 135
  • Around the inventors of new values the world revolves: invisibly it revolves. But around the actors revolve people and fame.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 163
  • Let the value of all things be posited newly by you.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 226
  • We carry faithfully what one gives us to bear, on hard shoulders and over rough mountains. And should we sweat, we are told “Yes, life is a grave burden.” But man is only a grave burden to himself! That is because he carries on his shoulders too much that is alien to him. … Especially the strong, reverent spirit that would bear much: he loads too many alien grave words and values on himself.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 305
  • When we speak of values, we speak under the inspiration, and through the optics, of life. Life itself urges us to determine values. Life itself values through us when we determine values.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Ch. 5 (Ludovici trans.)
  • Talk of the sublime, the exalted, the eternal, the passionate, of glory, challenge, or majesty fills some of us with bewilderment, discomfort, and embarrassment; others with sour resentment or scornful disbelief. To reinstate such values seems to us like trying to reinstate Ptolemaic astronomy—equally misguided, incomprehensible, and inimical to our perceived interests.
    • R. W. K. Paterson, The New Patricians (1998), p. 45
  • Of my past wanderings the sole fruit is shame,
And deep repentance, of the knowledge born
That all we value in this world is naught.

  • Petrarch, The Sonnets, Triumphs, and Other Poems of Petrarch, p. 117
  • We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
    • Plutarch, Life of Cato the Censor (1st century)
  • Values exist in a transcendental realm, beyond space and time. They can neither be fought for, nor destroyed.
    • Enoch Powell, as quoted in “The revival of Tory philosophy” by John Casey, The Spectator (14 March 2007)
  • The politics of the unpolitical—these are the politics of those who desire to be pure in heart: the politics of men without personal ambition; of those who have not desired wealth or an unequal share of worldly possessions; of those who have always striven, whatever their race or condition, for human values and not for national or sectional interests.
    For our Western world, Christ is the supreme example of this unselfish devotion to the good of humanity, and the Sermon on the Mount is the source of all the politics of the unpolitical.

    • Herbert Read, “The Politics of the Unpolitical,” To Hell with Culture (1963), p. 38
  • Natural man is entirely for himself. He is numerical unity, the absolute whole which is relative only to itself or its kind. Civil man is only a fractional unity dependent on the denominator; his value is determined by his relation to the whole, which is the social body.
    • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile (1762)

  • All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.
    • Carl Sagan, “Cosmos” (1980), p.285. See, for example, this Google Books link.
  • Money economy has filled the days of so many people with weighing, calculating, with numerical determinations, with a reduction of qualitative values to quantitative ones.
    • Georg Simmel, “The Metropolis and Modern Life” (1903)
  • Money, with all its colorlessness and indifference, becomes the common denominator of all values; irreparably it hollows out the core of things, their individuality, their specific value, and their incomparability. All things float with equal specific gravity in the constantly moving stream of money. All things lie on the same level and differ from one another only in the size of the area which they cover.
    • Georg Simmel, “The Metropolis and Modern Life” (1903)
  • When present, it was considered a loincloth; when lost, it is considered fine clothing.
    • Sumerian proverb, Collection III at The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature, 3rd millennium BCE.
  • Nothing at all is to be valued, but life should be sweet. You should not serve things; things should serve you.
    • Šuruppak, Instructions of Shuruppak (3rd millennium BCE). [1]
  • Money does not represent such a value as men have placed upon it. All my money has been invested into experiments with which I have made new discoveries enabling mankind to have a little easier life.
    • Nikola Tesla as quoted in “A Visit to Nikola Tesla” by Dragislav L. Petković in Politika (April 1927); also in Tesla, Master of Lightning (1999) by Margaret Cheney, Robert Uth, and Jim Glenn, p. 82
  • The essential characteristic of the first half of the twentieth century is the growing weakness, and almost the disappearance, of the idea of value.
    • Simone Weil, “The responsibility of writers,” On Science, Necessity, and the Love of God, R. Rees, trans. (1968), p. 167
  • A cynic, a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
    • Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), Act III
  • No art can be judged by purely aesthetic standards, although a painting or a piece of music may appear to give a purely aesthetic pleasure. Aesthetic enjoyment is an intensification of the vital response, and this response forms the basis of all value judgements. The existentialist contends that all values are connected with the problems of human existence, the stature of man, the purpose of life. These values are inherent in all works of art, in addition to their aesthetic values, and are closely connected with them.
    • Colin Wilson in The Chicago Review (Volume 13, no. 2, 1959, p. 152-181)
  • The characteristic of the really great writer is the ability of his mind to to suddenly leap beyond his ordinary human values, into sudden perception of universal values.
    • Colin Wilson in Poetry and Mysticism, p. 33 (1969)

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