A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity…one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul.
—Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (b.1934) Hungarian-American Psychologist
That which costs little is less valued.
—Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) Spanish Novelist
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 (1709–84) British Essayist
The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality.
—Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) American Philosopher
A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
—Isaac Asimov (1920–92) Russian-born American Writer, Scientist
It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State
A sentimentalist is a man who sees an absurd value in everything and doesn’t know the market price of a single thing.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright
There is no such thing as absolute value in this world. You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you.
—Charles Dudley Warner (1829–1900) American Essayist, Novelist
Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.
—Karl Marx (1818–1883) German Philosopher, Economist
Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
—Warren Buffett (b.1930) American Investor
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
Every man is valued in this world as he shows by his conduct that he wishes to be valued.
—Jean de La Bruyere (1645–96) French Satiric Moralist, Author
It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
—Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008) British Scientist, Science-fiction Writer
The function of values is to give us the illusion of purpose in life.
—Dero A. Saunders (1914–2002) American Journalist, Scholar
Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German-born Physicist