Price and Value
It's unwise to pay too much, but it's
more unwise to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little
money, that's all. When you pay too little you sometimes lose
everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the
thing you bought it to do. The common law of business balance prohibits
paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with
the lowest bidder, it's well to add something for the risk you take. And
if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.
There is hardly anything in the world
that some men cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper,
and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.
(1819 ~ 1900)
is that inexplicable raw material of everything. With it all is possible.
Without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle - an
affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it.
wake up in the morning, and lo! Your purse is magically filled with
twenty-four hours of the un-manufactured tissue of the universe of your
life. It is yours. It is the
most precious of possession; no-one can take it from you. It is unstealable.
And no-one receives either more or less than you receive.
the realm of time, there is no aristocracy of intellect. Genius is never
rewarded by even an extra hour a day. And there is no punishment. Waste your
infinitely precious commodity as much as you will and the supply will never
be withheld from you.
you cannot draw on the future. Impossible to get into debt! You can only
waste the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for you.
have said the affair is a miracle, is it not? You have this twenty-four
hours of daily time to live. Out of it you want to spin health, pleasure,
money, contentment, respect and the evolution of your immortal soul.
right use, its most effective use is a matter of the highest urgency and of
the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness, the
elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friend, depends on that.
one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours shall exactly cover
all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle ones whole life
shall never have any more time. We have, and have always had, all the time
is a story about four people, named
There was an important
job to be done and
Everybody was sure
Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have
but Nobody did it.
got angry about that,
because it was
the job of Everybody.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do
Nobody realized that
would not do it.
so it came to pass,
Everybody blamed Somebody
Anybody Could have.
"If the past has taught us anything
is is that every cause brings its effect, every action has a
The Chinese have a saying, "If a man
plants melon seeds, he will reap melons. If he sows the seed from beans'
he will reap beans." And this is true of everyone's life - good
begets good, and evil leads to evil.
True enough, the sun shines on the saint
and the sinner alike, and too often it seems that the wicked prosper. But
we can say with certainty that with the individual as with the nation, the
flourishing of the wicked is an illusion.
For unceasingly, life keeps books on us
In the end, we are all the sum total of
Character cannot be forfeited nor can it
be put on and cast off as if if were a garment to meet the whim of the
moment. Like the markings on wood, which are ingrained in the very heart
of the tree, character requires time and nurturing for growth and
Thus also, day by day, we write our own
destiny, for inexorably, like the rings on a tree, we become what we
there is a natural storytelling urge and ability in all human beings,
even just a little nurturing of this impulse can bring about astonishing
and delightful results."
The screenwriter Robert
McKee says, "Stories are the creative conversion of life itself
into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the
currency of human contact."
~ Patricia Fripp
You cannot put off living until you are
ready, life is fired at you from a point blank range.
I am done with great
things and big plans, great intuitions and big success. I am for those
tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to
individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many
rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time,
will rend the hardest monuments of pride.
~ William James
Any business arrangement that is not
profitable to the other person will in the end prove unprofitable for
you. The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that
is apt to be repeated.
~B. C. Forbes
- Each man takes care that his
neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care
that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well -- he has
changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We cannot live only for ourselves. A
thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those
fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they
come back to us as effects.
...about four-fifths of the contents of
nearly every home could be given away with good effect to that home. But
the things given away might go on to poison some other home. So why not
at once destroy undesirable things .. make and end of them?
~Frank Lloyd Wright, "Prairie
Architecture", Modern Architecture, 1931.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can
do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the
worst thing you can do is nothing.
Try not to become a man of success but
a man of value.
~ Albert Einstein
Not I - nor anyone else, can travel
road for you. You must travel it yourself.
~ Walt Whitman
Efficiency is intelligent laziness.
What is a committee? A group of the
unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
~Richard Harkness, The New York Times,
When people look back upon their lives,
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying
three questions that determine their sense of whether it was
Did I give and receive love?
Did I become all I can be?
I leave the planet a little better?
What we are looking for is a way of
experiencing the world in which we are living that will open to us the
~ Joseph Campbell
If you don't design your own life plan, chances
all into someone else's plan. And guess
what they have planned for you?
~ Jim Rohn
We tend our pain meticulously through the familiar process of thinking
about it. The more we think around our emotional pain the more we
cripple ourselves with the artificial intensity
of it. . . . We could allow our pain to dissolve into the sky-like
open-ness of direct experience; but somehow we feel more
secure with our pain as a reference point.
There are many ways of going forward,
but there is only one way of standing still.
~ Ngakíchang Rinpoche
Watch a child get a vaccination and see how he ignores
the hundreds of square inches of skin surface that feel fine,
perversely squeezing his whole attention into the hundredth
of a square inch thatís in pain. Most of us are experts at this,
fixating on our stresses and traumas, maintaining them
as carefully as an album of family photos.
~Dean Sluyter - The Zen Commandments
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