Category Archives: VALUE

A scarecrow’s talking to the straw that rakes my cinders. “No room in the earth for those we have to bury, no fathoms left for those we have to drown. DAVID ROWBOTHAM


Hit’s laek a thing you wid set apo neaps.

Disparaging remark about someone resembling a scarecrow.

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The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), Friday 18 July 1952,

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Ahakoa he iti he pounamu

Although it is small, it is greenstone

This is a humble way to deliver a small gift. Greenstone (jade) is an extremely useful commodity which is considered very precious, so although you may not be presenting greenstone, the word pounamu stands as a metaphor for something precious or a treasure from the heart.

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A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold.


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There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ― Elie Wiesel


When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil’s Dictionary


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“If you don’t figure out what is at your core, what you stand for, and what ultimately motivates you, you’ll always second-guess yourself. You’ll always have regrets. Uncover your core values and use them as a template to test decisions in your life.” 

Jim Hayhurst, Sr.

My eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected.

Anna M. Uhlich.

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“My reflection said so many things, and as I searched for what it wanted me to hear, I heard nothing. When you don’t even want to be who you are, how do you listen when you try to tell yourself something?”

― Melissa Perea, Seeds of Hate

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.

Warren Buffett

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In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president (1743-1826)



“Don’t ever allow yourself to feel trapped by your choices. Take a look at yourself. You are a unique person created for a specific purpose. Your gifts matter. Your story matters. Your dreams matter. You matter.”

Michael Oher, I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond

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“Don’t do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again; don’t do it; and the little girl glanced at her, and smiled a little subtle, dimpling, wholly comprehending smile, and shook her head stubbornly at the glass. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl.”
― Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House”

Life is a free circus. All you have to do is pay attention. Bill Copeland


“I think at the heart of so much restlessness of the day is a spiritual vacuum. There is a yearning for meaningful lives, a yearning for values we can commonly embrace. I hear an almost inaudible but pervasive discontent with the price we pay for our current materialism. And I hear a fluttering of hope that there might be more to life than bread and circuses.”

Bill Moyes

a boat, even a wrecked and wretched boat still has all the possibilities of moving.

― Dionne Brand, Inventory


“God wants you to face the reasons why you separate yourself from Him. He will show you what you fear, what you need, and what you desire. He will inventory your beliefs and values, and help you line them up with His truth.”

Michael Barbarulo: Author God’s Healing Hands: Allow God To Reshape Your Soul

In my life, I’ve learned when to let shit go and when to fight. This, babe, what we got, I’ll fight for.

― Kristen Ashley, The Gamble


“Life is gamble, It’s harsh and painful most of the time, and it’s not for the timid. Spoils go to the victor, not to the one who doesn’t even show up for the battle."

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Night Play