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  • ... value is never in the object, as heat is not in the thermometer, but value is only the mercury running up and down and registering the temperature of the wanter.

  • ... nothing that costs only a dollar is worth having.

    • Elizabeth Arden,
    • in Alfred Allan Lewis and Constance Woodworth, Miss Elizabeth Arden ()
  • Many priceless things can be bought.

  • The essential characteristic of the first half of the twentieth century is the growing weakness, and almost the disappearance, of the idea of value.

  • False values begin with the worship of things.

  • Everything that's worth having must be paid for.

  • It looks now as if everything has been profitable to me. And if the payment has sometimes been excessive, it was afer all the payment, for life, and there cannot be and is no excessive payment for life.

  • You may not get what you paid for, but you will pay for what you get.

    • Maya Angelou,
    • in Merla Zellerbach, "The Best Quips of 1982," San Francisco Chronicle ()
  • ... what costs one dear is inevitably dear to one, it is a logic of human nature.

  • In a society that judges self-worth on productivity, it's no wonder we fall prey to the misconception that the more we do, the more we're worth.

  • It's curious how many people are ready to believe that the highest prices guarantee the best value.

  • Everything that has value has its price. Nothing worth having is ever handed to you gratis.

  • We never discover the value of things till we have lost them.

  • In a lifestyle where there are no boundaries, it becomes a challenge to find one's true self. If everything comes easily, there is no way to establish worth. And if nothing has real value, then there is no way to gauge satisfaction or accomplishment or contentment.

  • Nature has made nothing in vain.

  • Some things are loved because they are valuable; others are valuable because they are loved.

  • ... value exists only where there is consciousness. Where nothing ever is felt, nothing matters.