There is no such thing as absolute value in this world. You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you.

beets fresh from the earth

Shall I turn into merchandise the red strawberry... the sanguinary beet?

Of course there is no such thing as absolute value in this world. You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you. Does gardening in a city pay? You might as well ask if it pays to keep hens, or a trotting-horse, or to wear a gold ring, or to keep your lawn cut, or your hair cut. It is as you like it. In a certain sense, it is a sort of profanation to consider if my garden pays, or to set a money-value upon my delight in it. I fear that you could not put it in money. Job had the right idea in his mind when he asked, “Is there any taste in the white of an egg?” Suppose there is not! What! shall I set a price upon the tender asparagus or the crisp lettuce, which made the sweet spring a reality? Shall I turn into merchandise the red strawberry, the pale green pea, the high-flavored raspberry, the sanguinary beet, that love-plant the tomato, and the corn which did not waste its sweetness on the desert air, but, after flowing in a sweet rill through all our summer life, mingled at last with the engaging bean in a pool of succotash?

by Charles Dudley Warner (Sept. 12, 1829 – Oct. 20, 1900)
from My Summer in a Garden, 1870, Sixteenth Week

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One Response to “There is no such thing as absolute value in this world. You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you.”

  1. Abimbola Says:

    Charles Dudley Warner was right – one can only estimate what a thing is worth to one…

    In some cases it’s impossible to even put an estimate on an item…:-)

    Thank you for sharing…

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