An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.


Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930, British Prime Minister)


The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.


Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974, British scientist, author)


Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


The dearer a thing is, the cheaper as a general rule we sell it.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


That which costs little is less valued.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


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


Roy Disney (1925-, American film writer, producer, nephew of Walt Disney)


When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.


Roy Disney (1925-, American film writer, producer, nephew of Walt Disney)


Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.


Edgar Z. Friedenberg


All of us celebrate our values in our behavior.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


The ability to take pride in your own work is one of the hallmarks of sanity.


Nikki Giovanni (1943-, American poet)


The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Let the ultimate deeds of a single person reflect that person's own true worth.


S.M. Herten


Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes it obstructs your vision.




That which does not serve, dies.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


That which does not serve, dies.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


We need a value system that will allow us to fulfill our essential human and humane tasks to be producers, to be providers and to be protectors.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


Value is the most invincible and impalpable of ghosts, and comes and goes unthought of, while the visible and dense matter remains as it was.


W. Stanley Jevons (1835-1882, British economist, logician)


Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The longer we live the more we think and the higher the value we put on friendship and tenderness towards parents and friends.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our whole philosophy, not our whole philosophy on a feeling.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don't believe in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why the world is sick.


Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)


In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure.


Malcolm X (1925-1965, American black leader, activist)


Those things that are dearest to us have cost us the most.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


Value is what people are willing to pay for it.


John Naisbitt (American trend analyst, futurist, author)


Earth is more precious than gold.


Estonian Proverb


We know the true worth of a thing when we have lost it.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


A cage made of gold does not feed the bird inside of it.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


What one decides to do in crisis depends on one's philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident. If one hasn't any philosophy in crises, others make the decision.


Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973, American feminist and pacifist)


If you don't set a baseline standard for what you'll accept in life, you'll find it's easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that's far below what you deserve.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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We get paid for bringing value to the market place.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Values are tapes we play on the Walkman of the mind: any tune we choose so long as it does not disturb others.


Jonathan Sacks (1948-, British chief Rabbi)


On a group of theories one can found a school; but on a group of values one can found a culture, a civilization, a new way of living together among men.


Ignazio Silone (1900-1978, Italian novelist)


There has never been a useful thought or a profound truth that has not found its century and admirers.


Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)


We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Riches get their value from the mind of the possessor; they are blessings to those who know how to use them, and curses to those who do not.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


It's quantity of time at home and quality of time at work that counts; don't mix them up.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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It's the little things that count. You can sit on top of a mountain, but you can't sit on a tack.


Author Unknown


People should know what you stand for. They should also know what you won't stand for.


Author Unknown


The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.


Author Unknown


You are only worth has much as you have.


Author Unknown


You must look within for value, but must look beyond for perspective.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The needle of our conscience is as good a compass as any.


Ruth Wolff


All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.


Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959, American architect)


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