Authentic values are those by which a life
can be lived, which can form a people
that produces great deeds and thoughts.

Allan Bloom


We want our children to become warm, decent human beings who reach out generously to those in need.  We hope they find values and ideals to give their lives purpose so they contribute to the world and make it a better place because they have lived in it.  Intelligence, success, and high achievement are worthy goals, but they mean nothing if our children are not basically kind and loving people.

Neil Kurshan


The hope of free people in a frightened world is the values which people put ahead of inventions when their backs are to the wall.  These values are beauty, truth, goodness and having a faith, all of which are bombproof.

Ralph W. Sockman
Your attitude is an expression of your values, beliefs and expectations.

Brian Tracey


If one benefits tangibly from the exploitation of others who are weak, is one morally implicated in their predicament?  Or are basic rights of human existence confined to the civilized societies that are wealthy enough to afford them?  Our values are defined by what we will tolerate when it is done to others.

William Greider

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 we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover
those precious values--that all reality hinges on moral
foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Our society's values are being corrupted by advertising's
insistence on the equation:  Youth equals popularity,
popularity equals success, success equals happiness.

John Arbuthnot Fisher


Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you
can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your
character and person, the emotional price paid by one person
for the joy he or she receives from the virtues of another.

Ayn Rand

It has been surprising to see how often people do not realize that their deepest values are as personal as their fingerprints.  Not knowing this, many of us have sacrificed certain things in order to have other things that we have been told are more important.  Some of the things we have let go of in order to be seen as successful may be far more important to us personally in the end than some of the things we have held on to or even fought for.  Sometimes it takes a wake-up call like cancer to bring us back to ourselves.  The crisis of illness may shake us free of the life that we have created and allow us to begin a return to the life that is our own.  Often what then turns out to be important is not a surprise at all.  One patient, a CEO diagnosed with cancer, told me, "I always knew what mattered.  I just never felt entitled to live by it before."

Rachel Naomi Remen
The hero is the person dedicated to the creation and/or
defense of reality-conforming, life-promoting values.

Andrew Bernstein

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values,
we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities,
and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in
which each diverse gift will find a fitting place.

Margaret Mead

Every time a value is born, existence takes on a new meaning;
every time one dies, some part of that meaning passes away.

Joseph Wood Krutch
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

Values are like fingerprints.  Nobody's are the
same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do.

Elvis Presley

Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe:  the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.

Immanuel Kant


The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in
making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.
Life is sacred, that is to say, it is the supreme value,
to which all other values are subordinate.

Albert Einstein


Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to
the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful
life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires
you to respond to temptations as well as challenges
with honor, dignity, and courage.

Laura Schlesinger


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

Gloria Steinem


Real success requires respect for and faithfulness to the highest
human values--honesty, integrity, self-discipline, dignity,
compassion, humility, courage, personal
responsibility, courtesy, and human service.

Michael DeBakey


Some values are. . . like sugar on the doughnut, legitimate,
desirable, but insufficient, apart from the doughnut itself.
We need substance as well as frosting.

Ralph T. Flewelling


Money should never be separated from values.  Detached from
values it may indeed be the root of all evil.  Linked effectively
to social purpose it can be the root of opportunity.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter


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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

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Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values
and obligations, neither the law, nor democratic government,
nor even the market economy will function properly.

Vaclav Havel


When you know what your values are, making decisions becomes easier.

Glenn van Eckeren


Values provide perspective in the best of times and the worst.

Charles Garfield


Out of fear, out of the desire for approval, out of the misguided notions
of duty, people surrender themselves--their convictions and their
aspirations--every day.  There is nothing noble about it.  It takes far
more courage to fight for your values than to relinquish them.

Nathaniel Branden
Self-Esteem Every Day


It's difficult to develop a strong sense of self, to have a
very secure self-image when the parameters offered by a
value system are lacking.  Our values define who we are.
They offer us direction when making choices.  They quietly
demand that we behave responsibly.  Living in concert with
our values brings peace to our souls.

Karen Casey
Each Day a New Beginning

The values we care about the deepest, and the movements within
society that support those values, command our love.  When those
things that we care about so deeply become endangered, we
become enraged.  And what a healthy thing that is!  Without it, we
would never stand up and speak out for what we believe.

Fred Rogers
The World According to Mr. Rogers