— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
Context: Time is the most precious gift in our possession, for it is the most irrevocable. This is what makes it so disturbing to look back upon the time which we have lost. Time lost is time when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering. Time lost is time not filled, time left empty. As quoted in LIFE magazine (22 April 1957), p. 152; also in Letters and Papers from Prison (1967), p. 47.
„Sanity is a valuable possession; I hoard it the way people once hoarded money. I save it, so I will have enough, when the time comes.“
— Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
Chapter 19 (p. 109)
„Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.“
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
Context: A critic never made or killed a book or a play. The people themselves are the final judges. It is their opinion that counts. After all, the final test is truth. But the trouble is that most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession and therefore are most economical in its use. Said to portrait painter Samuel Johnson Woolf, cited in Here am I (1941), Samuel Johnson Woolf; this has often been abbreviated: Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
— Theophrastus ancient greek philosopher -371 - -287 a.C.
Diogenes Laërtius, Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, Book 5.
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
„Throughout man's career intelligence and charity have been man's distinctive and most valuable assets.“
— Olaf Stapledon British novelist and philosopher 1886 - 1950
Context: Throughout man's career intelligence and charity have been man's distinctive and most valuable assets. One of our early pre-human ancestors is said to have been much like the Spectral Tarsier, a little mammal about the size of a mouse, with long wiry fingers and huge forward-looking eyes adapted for binocular vision. Not by weapons but by correlation of subtle eyes and subtle hands through subtle brain, this creature triumphed. And man himself conquered the world by the same means, by attention, by discrimination, by skilled manipulation, by versatility; in fact by intelligence and imagination in adapting himself to an ever-changing environment.
„I have read their platform, and though I think there are some unsound places in it, I can stand upon it pretty well. But I see nothing in it both new and valuable. "What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable."“
— Daniel Webster Leading American senator and statesman. January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852. Served as the Secretary of State for thr... 1782 - 1852
Speech at Marshfield, Massachusetts (1 September 1848); reported in Edward Everett, ed., The Works of Daniel Webster (1851), p. 433 Confer Henry Brougham's "What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable." (The Edinburgh Review, The Work of Thomas Young, c. 1802)
„Dogmatism as Nietzsche means it implies that one possesses the truth, or at least the most important or the most valuable truth. Yet the truth is elusive like that woman of whom he spoke at the very beginning. Elsewhere he says we are the first generation which no longer believes that it possesses the truth. That is what he means by the end of dogmatism.“
— Leo Strauss Classical philosophy specialist and father of neoconservativism 1899 - 1973
„It was a favourite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.“
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
— Alfred Marshall British economist 1842 - 1924
Context: If we compare one country of the civilized world with another, or one part of England with another, or one trade in England with another, we find that the degradation of the working-classes varies almost uniformly with the amount of rough work done by women. The most valuable of all capital is that invested in human beings; and of that capital the most precious part is the result of the care and influence of the mother, so long as she retains her tender and unselfish instincts, and has not been hardened by the strain and stress of unfeminine work. p. 468 (9th ed. 2009).
„Advanced Courses are the most valuable service on the planet. Life insurance, houses, cars, stocks, bonds, college savings, all are transitory and impermanent … There is nothing to compare with Advanced Courses. They are infinitely valuable and transcend time itself.“
— L. Ron Hubbard American science fiction author, philosopher, cult leader, and the founder of the Church of Scientology 1911 - 1986
On his Operating Thetan Courses, in Flag Mission Order 375 (1970).
„Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you'll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.“
— Brian Tracy American motivational speaker and writer 1944