„For in order to avoid having to deal with relative values, he had long since come to deny all purpose to the phenomenon of existence — it was more expedient and comforting.“
Source: The Sheltering Sky (1949), p. 65
„Economics and ethics naturally come into rather intimate relations with each other since both recognizedly deal with the problem of value.“
— Frank Knight American economist 1885 - 1972
Source: The Ethics of Competition, 1935, p. 11
„Somewhere along the line, he thought, these things have become your heritage. You are multiplied by each sound that you hear. And you cannot deny them, without denying with them the purpose of your own existence. Yet now, he told himself, you are denying them, by renouncing the place that they have given you.“
From Here to Eternity (1951)
„Dualism makes the problem insoluble; materialism denies the existence of any phenomenon to study, and hence of any problem.“
— John Rogers Searle American philosopher 1932
Consciousness and Language (2002) p. 47.
— Alexander Hamilton Founding Father of the United States 1757 - 1804
Letter to Washington, 11 November 1794
„If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.“
— W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965
Strictly Personal, ch. 31 (1941)
„I have said more than once, that I hold space to be something purely relative, as time; an order of coexistences, as time is an order of successions.“
— Gottfried Leibniz German mathematician and philosopher 1646 - 1716
J'ay marqué plus d'une fois, que je tenois l'espace pour quelque chose de purement relatif, comme le temps; pour un ordre des coëxistences, comme le temps est un ordre des successions.
Third letter http://www.physics.ubc.ca/~berciu/PHILIP/TEACHING/PHYS340/EXTRA/FILES/Leibniz-ClarkeA.pdf to Samuel Clarke, February 25, 1716
„em>The Phenomenon of Man stands square in the tradition of Naturphilosophie, a philosophical indoor pastime of German origin which does not seem even by accident (though there is a great deal of it) to have contributed anything of permanent value to the storehouse of human thought.“
— Peter Medawar scientist 1915 - 1987
1960s, Review of Teilhard de Chardin's "The Phenomenon of Man", 1961
„To be sure, one value comes with every positive-law statute without reference to its content: Any statute is always better than no statute at all, since it at least creates legal certainty. But legal certainty is not the only value that law must effectuate, nor is it the decisive value. Alongside legal certainty, there are two other values: purposiveness and justice. In ranking these values, we assign to last place the purposiveness of the law in serving the public benefit.“
— Gustav Radbruch German politician 1878 - 1949
"Statutory Lawlessness and Supra-Statutory Law" (1946)
„Avoid constantly trying to adapt to situations, people, and other circumstances that have no value to your future. The phenomenon of always attempting to please and alter behavior is more likely to be unsuccessful then to enhance your life. Adapt by continuing to learn and improve your knowledge.
„The phenomenon of music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the co-ordination between man [sic] and time.“
— Igor Stravinsky Russian composer, pianist and conductor 1882 - 1971
Quoted in DeLone et. al. (Eds.) (1975). Aspects of Twentieth-Century Music. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130493465, Ch. 3. from Igor Stravinsky' Autobiography (1962). New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., p. 54.
1970s and later
„Which does not mean that it must deny the value of rich accretions drawn from the right kind of immigration. Any such restriction, except as a necessary and momentary expediency, would assuredly paralyze our national vitality.“
— Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933
1920s, Whose Country Is This? (1921)
Context: It would not be unjust to ask of every alien: What will you contribute to the common good, once you are admitted through the gates of liberty? Our history is full of answers of which we might be justly proud. But of late, the answers have not been so readily or so eloquently given. Our country must cease to be regarded as a dumping ground. Which does not mean that it must deny the value of rich accretions drawn from the right kind of immigration. Any such restriction, except as a necessary and momentary expediency, would assuredly paralyze our national vitality. But measured practically, it would be suicidal for us to let down the bars for the inflowing of cheap manhood, just as, commercially, it would be unsound for this country to allow her markets to be overflooded with cheap goods, the product of a cheap labor. There is no room either for the cheap man or the cheap goods.
Source: The Devotion of Suspect X
„The Dodo never had a chance. He seems to have been invented for the sole purpose of becoming extinct and that was all he was good for.“
— Will Cuppy American writer 1884 - 1949
How to Become Extinct (1941)
„Those who have no absolute values cannot let the relative remain merely relative; they are always raising it to the level of the absolute.“
— Flannery O’Connor American novelist, short story writer 1925 - 1964
Source: Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
„Core values = The organization’s essential and enduring tenets – a small set of general guiding principles, not to be confused with specific cultural or operating practices, and not to be compromised for financial gain or short-term expediency.
Purpose = The organization’s fundamental reasons for existence beyond simply making money – a perpetual guiding star on the horizon, not to be confused with specific goals or business strategies“
Source: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, 1994, p. 73
„Since the Creator had made the facts of the after-life inaccessible to man, He must not have required that man understand death in order to live fruitfully.“
— Daniel J. Boorstin American historian 1914 - 2004
Notes, p. 262.
The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson (1948)
„All that exists that can be denied deserves to be denied; and being truthful means: to believe in an existence that can in no way be denied and which is itself true and without falsehood.“
trans. Hollingdale, “Schopenhauer as educator,” p. 153
Untimely Meditations (1876)
„Firms that have a high BE/ME (a low stock price relative to book value) tend to have low earnings on assets. Conversely, low BE/ME (a high stock price relative to book value) is associated with persistently high earnings.“
— Eugene Fama American economist and Nobel laureate in Economics 1939
Source: Common risk factors in the returns on stocks and bonds, 1993, p. 8