Value (ethics)

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Value, in ethics, is a property of objects, including physical objects as well as abstract objects (e.g. actions), representing their degree of importance.

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  • That ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written.
    • I Corinthians, IV. 6. Quoted, "not to be wise above that which is written," by Prof. Scholefield, Hints for an Improved Translation of the New Testament.
  • It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril.
    • J. William Fulbright, remarks in the Senate (June 29, 1961), Congressional Record, vol. 107, p. 11703.
  • We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
    • Plutarch, Life of Cato the Censor (1st century).
  • A cynic, a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
  • Values are ideals that give significance to our lives, that are reflected through the priorities we choose, and that we act on consistently and repeatedly.
    • Brian P. Hall, Values Shift: A guide to personal & organizational transformation (2006).
  • The consequence of human values will be manifested in virtually all phenomena that social scientists might consider worth investigating and understanding.

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