Subjects — V

Value Quotations

What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.

Ruskin’s counsel: The labour of two days … is that for which you ask two hundred guineas? Whistler: No. I ask it for the knowledge of a lifetime.

We know the true worth of a thing when we have lost it.

French Proverb

Money is always transitively valued. More money is supposedly always better than less money.

Perspective, as its inventor remarked, is a beautiful thing. What horrors of damp huts, where human beings languish, may not become picturesque through aerial distance! What hymning of cancerous vices may we not languish over as sublimest art in the safe remoteness of a strange language and artificial phrase! Yet we keep a repugnance to rheumatism and other painful effects when presented in our personal experience.

Marriage, like money, is still with us; and, like money, progressively devalued.

The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.

Epigram 55:

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing.

Alan J. Perlis Wikipedia: Alan J. Perlis  

Epigrams on Programming, Sept., 1982

Epigram 104:

The proof of a system’s value is its existence.

Alan J. Perlis Wikipedia: Alan J. Perlis  

Epigrams on Programming, Sept., 1982