Values Quotes

I just don’t want to die without a few scars

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
1955 Ford Thunderbird

The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.

I tell Walter I fell.

I did this to myself.

Before the presentation, when I sat across from my boss…

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The excellent horse moves before the whip even touches its back

Friday, October 28th, 2011
black and white horse close-up

In one of the Buddha’s discourses, he talks about the four kinds of horses: the excellent horse, the good horse, the poor horse, and the really bad horse. The excellent …

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The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
leaping child

This every man is entitled to; this every man contains within him, although, in almost all men, obstructed, and as yet unborn. The soul active sees absolute truth; and utters truth, or creates. In this action, it is genius; not the privilege of here and there…

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We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
ethereal woman

We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives,
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
And he whose heart beats quickest lives the longest:
Lives in one hour more than in years do some…

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If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world

Friday, April 30th, 2010
Athens gold

Bilbo knelt on one knee filled with sorrow. “Farewell, King under the Mountain!” he said. “This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has…”

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Optimism that does not count the cost is like a house built on sand

Saturday, March 13th, 2010
house on sand

It is a mistake always to contemplate the good and ignore the evil, because by making people neglectful it lets in disaster. There is a dangerous optimism of ignorance and indifference. It is not enough to say that the twentieth…

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Stretching his hand out to catch the stars, he forgets the flowers at his feet

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
flowers at your feet

One principal reason why our existence has so much less of happiness crowded into it than is accessible to us is, that we neglect to gather up those minute particles of pleasure which every moment offers to our acceptance. In striving after…

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It is not the word, but the capacity to experience the sensation that counts in his education

Monday, August 24th, 2009
child touching puddle

You label it sour, and he adopts your symbol. If you had called these sensations respectively black and white, he would have adopted them as readily; but he would mean by black and white the same things that he means by sweet and sour. In the same way the child learns from many experiences to differentiate his feelings, and we name…

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A sunset is commonly looked on as a cheap entertainment, but it is really one of the most expensive.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
sunset clouds

I should add also a good dinner, well cooked and digestible; and the cost of a fair education, extended, perhaps, through generations in which sensibility and love of beauty grew. What I mean is, that if a man is hungry and naked, and half a savage, or with the love of beauty undeveloped in him, a sunset is thrown away on him: so that…

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

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
beets fresh from the earth

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…

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Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Monday, April 13th, 2009
FDR First Inauguration 1933

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy, the moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days, my friends, will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our…

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The ant is knowing and wise; but he doesn’t know enough to take a vacation.

Saturday, April 4th, 2009
ant at work farming aphids

Ants seem to care even more for property than we do ourselves. We men are inclined to ease up a little when we have all we need. But it is not so with ants: they can’t bear to stop: they keep right on working. This means that ants do…

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