When you ask what a human existence is worth when all that happens is taking and there is no giving, most would agree that such an existence has little worth.   Being a person of value is the third cornerstone of the best life, which happens when you add value to your surroundings, including the lives of others.

How can you respect your self when you are worth less.  And nothing makes you and those around you worth less, then when you are corrupt.

If self respect is your coremotivation, and truth keeps you free, then being of value is what counts most in your life.  Value reflects back to both self respect and truth.  In that way it is critical that our cultures expect all three as part of a generally accepted honor code.

Value Quotes


 “The first principle of value that we need to rediscover is this: that all reality hinges on moral foundations. In other words, that this is a moral universe, and that there are moral laws of the universe just as abiding as the physical laws. (from "Rediscovering Lost Values")”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.”
José Ortega y Gasset 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Mahatma Gandhi 

"The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive."
Albert Einstein

"There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself."
Henry David Thoreau

 "I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things."
Benjamin Franklin

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

"I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways."
Lucille Ball