Values Quotes


Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

Walden

Henry David Thoreau

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.

Don't waste your love on somebody, who doesn't value it.

Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.


Inventory:
"Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I'd been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

Champagne    Contentment    Curiosity    Doubt    Envy    Foes    Friends    Hope    Idleness    Inventory    Knowledge    Laughter    Life    Love    Sorrow    Sufficienty    Superfluity    Unattainable    Values    Wisdom

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.

Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can't accept who you are.

It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.

The Crisis

Thomas Paine

The Crisis

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

Abstract    Balance    Beauty    Cosmos    Deepak chopra    Energy    Harmony    Life    Logic    Math    Mathematics    Mind    Mirrror    Order    Orderliness    Peace    Quote    Quotes    Reflaction    Reflect    Universal    Universe    Value    Values    Wisdom

If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats.

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
[
Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the Voice of America
; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, February 26, 1962]

Never compromise your values.

Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth - don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.

If you're honest, you sooner or later have to confront your values. Then you're forced to separate what is right from what is merely legal. This puts you metaphysically on the run. America is full of metaphysical outlaws.

In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself. More powerfully and persuasively than from the "shalt nots" of the Ten Commandments, I learned the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. A Wrinkle in Time described that evil, that wrong, existing in a different dimension from our own. But I felt that I, too, existed much of the time in a different dimension from everyone else I knew. There was waking, and there was sleeping. And then there were books, a kind of parallel universe in which anything might happen and frequently did, a universe in which I might be a newcomer but was never really a stranger. My real, true world. My perfect island.

Aspirations    Books    Dreams    Escape    Journeys    Life    Reading    Refuge    Values

I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.

Self-Reliance

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Values aren't buses... They're not supposed to get you anywhere. They're supposed to define who you are.

Only men would think of cutting themselves to determine who the packleader is. Idiots.

Brisingr

Christopher Paolini

Brisingr

They will envy you for your success, your wealth, for your intelligence, for your looks, for your status - but rarely for your wisdom.

When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death - ourselves.

The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws. (from "Rediscovering Lost Values")

Laws    Morals    Physics    Universe    Values

People focus on role models; it is more effective to find antimodels - people you don't want to resemble when you grow up

I think honesty is the most heroic quality one can aspire to.

You have a hierarchy of values; pleasure is at the bottom of the ladder, and you speak with a little thrill of self-satisfaction, of duty, charity, and truthfulness. You think pleasure is only of the senses; the wretched slaves who manufactured your morality despised a satisfaction which they had small means of enjoying. You would not be so frightened if I had spoken of happiness instead of pleasure: it sounds less shocking, and your mind wonders from the sty of Epicurus to his garden. But I will speak of pleasure, for I see that men aim at that, and I do not know that they aim at happiness. It is pleasure that lurks in the practice of every one of your virtues. Man performs actions because they are good for him, and when they are good for other people as well they are thought virtuous: if he finds pleasure in giving alms he is charitable; if he finds pleasure in helping others he is benevolent; if he finds pleasure in working for society he is public-spirited; but it is for your private pleasure that you give twopence to a beggar as much as it is for my private pleasure that I drink another whiskey and soda. I, less of a humbug than you, neither applaud myself for my pleasure nor demand your admiration.

Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage

If it ever occurs to people to value the honour of the mind equally with the honour of the body, we shall get a social revolution of a quite unparalleled sort.

Gaudy Night

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gaudy Night
Body    Honour    Integrity    Mind    Social norms    Truth    Values

It is easier to tell a person what life is not, rather than to tell them what it is. A child understands weeds that grow from lack of attention, in a garden. However, it is hard to explain the wild flowers that one gardener calls weeds, and another considers beautiful ground cover.

Men have looked away from themselves and at things so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned and civil institutions as guards of property, and they deprecate assaults on these, because they feel them to be assaults on property. They measure their esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is.

Self-Reliance

Ralph Waldo Emerson

August: You know, somethings don't matter that much...like the color of a house...But lifting a person's heart--now that matters. The whole problem with people--"
Lily: They don't know what matters and what doesn't...
August:...They know what matters, but they don't choose it...The hardest thing on earth is to choose what matters.

Choices    Life    Meaning    Values

The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way for false statements by intention. And a false statement of fact, made deliberately, is the most serious crime a scientist can commit.

Gaudy Night

Dorothy L. Sayers

Gaudy Night
Academia    Falsification    Honesty    Integrity    Lies    Scholars    Science    Treason    Truth    Values    Veracity

Money is only a human invention.

We live among ruins in a World in which ‘god is dead’ as Nietzsche stated. The ideals of today are comfort, expediency, surface knowledge, disregard for one’s ancestral heritage and traditions, catering to the lowest standards of taste and intelligence, apotheosis of the pathetic, hoarding of material objects and possessions, disrespect for all that is inherently higher and better — in other words
a complete inversion of true values and ideals, the raising of the victory flag of ignorance and the banner of degeneracy. In such a time, social decadence is so widespread that it appears as a natural component of all political institutions. The crises that dominate the daily lives of our societies are part of a secret occult war to remove the support of spiritual and traditional values in order to turn man into a passive instrument of dark powers.
The common ground of both Capitalism and Socialism is a materialistic view of life and being. Materialism in its war with the Spirit has taken on many forms; some have promoted its goals with great subtlety, whilst others have done so with an alarming lack of subtlety, but all have added, in greater or lesser measure, to the growing misery of Mankind. The forms which have done the most damage in our time may be enumerated as: Freemasonry, Liberalism, Nihilism, Capitalism, Socialism, Marxism, Imperialism, Anarchism, Modernism and the New Age.

Modernity: we created youth without heroism, age without wisdom, and life without grandeur

How you look at it is pretty much how you'll see it

Live out your life in truth and justice, tolerant of those who are neither true nor just.

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.

Life    Truth    Values

[T]he values to which people cling most stubbornly under inappropriate conditions are those values that were previously the source of their greatest triumphs.

Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us.

Ali    Amazing    Beautiful    Freedom    Future    Gift    Harmony    Humor    Ideas    Ideology    Independence    India    Inspirational    Islam    Jinnah    Leader    Life    Morals    Muhammad    Muslims    Pakistan    Pakistani    Peace    People    Precious    Present    Religion    Responsibility    Time    Treasure    Values

I don't know what sort of world she will live in and I have no fixed opinions concerning how she should live in it. I only know that if she does not come to value what is true above what is useful, it will make little difference whether she lives at all.

Life    Opportunism    Truth    Values

Find people who share your values, and you'll conquer the world together.

Power    Values    World

The problem with our society is that our values aren’t in the right place. There’s an awful lot of bleeding and naked bodies on prime-time networks, but not nearly enough cable television on public programming.

Funny    Humor    Nudity    Television    Values    Violence

Ultimate prosperity is one's value within. It takes a man of depth, morality, and charm to be envied yet without a sign of wealth or romance. A passion to prove such inner worth is his permission to achieve whatever he desires.

Achievement    Charm    Contentment    Depth    Envy    Inner strength    Morality    Passion    Prosperity    Romance    Success    Values    Wealth    Worth

To make a deliberate falsification for personal gain is the last, worst depth to which either scholar or artist can descend in work or life.
(
Letter to Muriel St. Clare Byrne
, 8 September 1935)

Academia    Artists    Falsification    Gain    Greed    Honesty    Honour    Integrity    Lies    Money    Morality    Scholars    Science    Selling out    Treason    Truth    Values    Veracity    Writing

Late modern society is principally concerned with purchasing things, in ever greater abundance and variety, and so has to strive to fabricate an ever greater number of desires to gratify, and to abolish as many limits and prohibitions upon desire as it can. Such a society is already implicitly atheist and so must slowly but relentlessly apply itself to the dissolution of transcendent values. It cannot allow ultimate goods to distract us from proximate goods. Our sacred writ is advertising, our piety is shopping, our highest devotion is private choice. God and the soul too often hinder the purely acquisitive longings upon which the market depends, and confront us with values that stand in stark rivalry to the only truly substantial value at the center of the social universe: the price tag.

Happiness is not to be achieved at the command of emotional whims. Happiness is not the satisfaction of whatever irrational wishes you might blindly attempt to indulge. Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy—a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your mind's fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer. Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing but rational actions.

Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

Greed    Kindness    Money    Values

Pain los[es] its power when other things bec[o]me more important.

Elantris

Brandon Sanderson

Elantris

Ideology knows the answer before the question has been asked.
Principles are something different: a set of values that have to be adapted to circumstances but not compromised away.

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