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Wherever the citizen becomes indifferent to his fellows, so will the husband be to his wife, and the father of a family toward the members of his household. Wilhelm von Humboldt
Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable. Simone de Beauvoir
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. Pope John Paul II
Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. B. F. Skinner
To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects. Margaret Thatcher
If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. Margaret Mead
Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. Ayn Rand
When we understand [that] American democracy and white supremacy are inextricably linked, we can see how tortuous our efforts have been to accommodate the value gap. Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
We are really living in a culturally, post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend upon no longer exist. Rod Dreher
You went online, to use a fisherman's expression, trolling for women to meet and have sex with. That seems to be part of our culture now: Meet, hook up, have sex, sayonara. Totally inappropriate behavior. There is no excuse for this whatsoever. Dennis M. Wiley
Values are rooted in a basic optimism about life and a faith in free will. Barack Obama
If immigrants are unhappy in France then it is time for them to leave. Nicolas Sarkozy
Congress called a special session to debate the treatment of a woman in a persistent vegetative state on a day that 20,000 children died in the third world. Jeffrey Sachs
I think the Right has made a serious mistake in adopting a moral-values strategy, because they’re winning in the short run. But in the long run, they’re going to lose this debate because they won’t be able to restrict it to two issues (abortion & gay marriage). Once you open that door to a values conversation, it’s going to undercut a right-wing economic agenda, which values wealth over work and favors the rich over the poor, or resorts to war as the first resort and not the last. Jim Wallis
We didn’t have a moral majority in America. If we did, Clinton would have been impeached. Paul Weyrich
A centre party would have no roots, no principles, no philosophy and no values. Shirley Williams
At some point, some of these people are going to wake up to find that the great secular assault they see on their children was, in fact, a bogeyman created to hide their own bad parenting. If they can't convince their own kids of the appropriateness of their religion and values, then the religion, the values, or the convincing, must not have been very good. Keith Oberman
A family is where character is formed, values are learned, ethics are created, and society preserved. Anonymous
The conservatives say they are protecting the values of society. They are protecting their privileges. Muhammad Al Zulfa
We have traditions, attitudes, an attachment to social welfare and even if change is desirable, we won’t accept change overnight. Michel Winock
Soap operas have become sex operas. Joseph I. Lieberman
Indoctrinate the Children. And when they grow to be Men and Women, their Principles will be Correct! John P. Jewett
Now this problem of the adjustment of man to his natural resources, and the problem of how such things as industrialization and urbanization can be accepted without destroying the traditional values of civilization and corrupting the inner vitality of its life—these things are not only problems of America; they are the problems of men everywhere. George F. Kennan
What we want is a moral revolution, not one that people associate with street riots and the disorganization of life. A transformation of attitudes that will introduce normal, moral order in the functioning of the state. An order whereby honesty is a positive value, and dishonesty a negative one. Lech Kaczynski
Quite frequently, economic needs may compel people to act against their best impulses, even strongly felt natural values. Murray Bookchin
There is a myth that though we love freedom, others don’t---that our attachment to freedom is a product of our culture---that freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law are American values or Western values. Member of Congress, they are not Western values. They are universal values of the human spirit. Tony Blair
I used to think that capitalism was human nature, but it isn’t at all. It’s culture. The same is true of democracy/ Alan Greenspan
The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines. Daniel P. Moynihan
No polity that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can by permanently maintained. Abraham Lincoln
We express our values through politics—through the officials we elect. Richard Cizik
The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does the Westerner William Westmoreland
The best antidote to extremism is not greater exposure to Western values… but greater involvement by moderate Islamists. Toby Jones
Most Americans do not think of liberty and freedom as a set of texts, or a sequence of controversies or a system of abstractions. They understand these ideas in another way, as inherited values that they have learned early in life and deeply believe. David Hackett Fischer
Law for the Protection of Values from Shame Egypt
Education in France is used to inculcate the values of the state. Denis Boyles
It is our responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the instruction of the church and its members. Presbyterian Church
Technological advances have brought our nation to a point where momentous public choices are inescapable. Hugh Heclo
The extent to which ethics leads or lags the scientific juggernaut will now be measured in the specific policy decisions our democratic political systems produce. Hugh Heclo
O Muslims! When a Muslim blindly imitates the West, he turns into a loyal supporter of their beliefs and customs; he is like one who tries to reform something but spoils it while he is unaware. He is just like a defeated follower, like a baby who bites and severs his mother's breast while it is in his mouth. Such a person does not know that blind copying of the West involves hidden hazards and that our rights, honor and dignity are violated by such imitation and imbecilic pride. Suood Ash-Shuraym
Democracy—the essential thing as distinguished from this or that democratic government—was primarily an attitude of mind, a spiritual testament, and not an economic structure or a political machine. The testament involved certain basic beliefs—that the personality was sacrosanct, which was the meaning of liberty; that policy should be settled by free discussion; that normally a minority should be ready to yield to a majority, which in turn should respect a minority’s sacred things. John Buchan
Lynching—unlike simple murder—is a form of collective violence in which individuals act with the explicit or implicit support of the community, or at least without its condemnation. Laura Wexler
Freeing women and giving them a chance at life is not imposing Dutch values on foreigners. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
While people certainly come to church to receive clear moral guidance, they also come to engage in dialogue about difficult questions, and to find something that isn’t readily available in the larger society—a place where disagreement is handled gracefully and respectfully by people of shared religious values. Henry G. Brinton
The man who has given himself to his country loves it better; the man who has fought for his friend honors him more; the man who has labored for his community values more highly the interests he has sought to conserve; the man who has wrought and planned and endured for the accomplishment of God's plan in the world sees the greatness of it, the divinity and glory of it, and is himself more perfectly assimilated to it. Richard Salter Storrs
Immigrants want to change our values and our way of life. Oriana Fallaci
Marriage will be defined in America. It’s just a question of whether it will be defined by the courts of defined by the people. Sam Brownback
A modern hero should … think as well as act and should inspire Americans with a forward-looking set of values. Paul Nitze
... legislating to regulate cultural change is like lassoing a locomotive with a cobweb. George Will
... consensus on social values is determined less and less by demographic factors. Michael Adams
Americans want individual freedom and yet they want strong communities. There is some contradiction there. Sheldon Hackney
Freedom has been used throughout history to mean different things…. In the Civil War the North fought for individual freedom while the South fought for community freedom. Sheldon Hackney
America sponsors a revolution that destroys morals, curricula, religion, values, and everything related to Islam and to the values of manliness. Mahmoud Kharabshe
We need Hasan Nasrallah, millions of Hasan Nasrallahs. We need millions of Osama bin Ladens. We need millions of people armed with real active rage…. if self-defense, and defending our values, our identity, our culture, and our religion is terrorism, then we welcome every type of terrorism on the face of the earth. Khanatha Banouna
. . .little has changed in our New York neighborhoods except the faces, the names, and the languages spoken. The same decent values of hard work and accomplishment and service to city and nation still exist. David Dinkins
The primary function of myth is to validate an existing social order. Myth enshrines conservative social values, raising tradition on a pedestal. It expresses and confirms, rather than explains or questions, the sources of cultural attitudes and values. Ann Oakley
The most respected men have no scruples about drinking wine, nor the women about fornicating: the women take two husbands, the men drink to inebriation…The native population is dark in color, their language horrible. Muqaddasi
…every country has different needs, conditions, values, histories, societal concerns, and dynamics. Hilmi Ozkok
Only basic agreement on the major objectives of the state can provide a society with a firm basis for democracy. Enrique Krauze
Deep down, the ordinary Frenchman doesn't believe that Turks, or Eastern Europeans for that matter, cherish the values he holds most dear. Nor do the French much trust that the Germans and the British have French interests at heart. Given European history -- and given what I see around me -- I can't say I blame them. Claire Berlinski
Liberia and the United States are bound together by history and values. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
The profound influence of religion on American politics is vital, but it is best when indirect: on the morals, habits, and souls of individual Americans; on the political climate and the principals that should guide policy, rather than on specific policies themselves… Richard Nixon
Everything, everything in war is barbaric…But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being. Ellen Karolina Sofia Key
In Islamic Law, public interest is defined by the preservation of five universal needs, which are as follows: 1. Preservation of the religion. 2. Preservation of life. 3. Preservation of the rational faculties. 4. Preservation of wealth. 5. Preservation of lineage. Sheikh Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Turayri
Freedom of expression is guaranteed within the framework of Islamic and national objectives and values. Saudi Arabia
One land, one people. Danish People's Party
You want schools to teach reading and writing. But you also want schools to reflect who you are and your values. Nick Gillespie
Islam is a dragon ... the terrible mortal enemy of all our fundamental values and something which, unchecked, will bring misery and disaster to this country. Nick Griffin
We owe it to our children to defend our Christian culture. British National Party
This is the first war we fought in terms of our values, not for our interests. Tony Blair
No particular Government policy decision, or even an overall policy stance, which we could change in order somehow to remove our society from the Al-Qaeda firing line. Its nihilism means that our societies would cease to be a target only if we were to renounce all the values of freedom and liberty that we have fought to extend over so many years. Our only answer to this threat must be to contest and then to defeat it Charles Clarke
You can’t set aside … values in the name of political expediency. Lindsey Graham
The diversity, individualism and mobility that characterize developed economies -- especially in the era of globalization -- mean that more of our lives is spent among strangers …. in a developed country such as Britain is that we not only live among stranger citizens but we must share with them. We share public services and parts of our income in the welfare state, we share public spaces in towns and cities where we are squashed together on buses, trains and tubes, and we share in a democratic conversation .… All such acts of sharing are more smoothly and generously negotiated if we can take for granted a limited set of common values and assumptions. But as Britain becomes more diverse that common culture is being eroded. David Goodhart
The way you win this war is to adopt a value system different from your enemy. Lindsey Graham
Choice is an American value. Lamar Alexander
Having uncritically accepted [Western] culture in everything, we now find we have lost our hold on the autonomous ideals of the Japanese race. Sadao Araki
Ever since Gutenberg, every dynasty, every political leader, every major religion, has recognized that to control the media is to have a powerful instrument for controlling the values and behavior of a population. Benjamin H. Bagdikian
If you want young people to take right and wrong seriously, you must put them in the presence of people who take right and wrong seriously. William Bennett
That is where American foreign policy begins—with the interest, the aspirations, and the values of the American people. Samuel R. Berger
Only when a political system has decided what is good and beautiful, can it take the intermediate step and set the priorities for reaching its goals. Adolph A. Berle Jr.
Don’t apologize for your values. Tell the world why you are proud of America …. Being American means being free … Tony Blair
We are America. They [Democrats] are not America. Richard Bond
The disagreement among American political parties, with only a few exceptions, has been over the practical question of how to secure the agreed objective, while conciliating different interests, rather than over ultimate values or over what interest is paramount. Daniel J. Boorstin
A large part of our cultural confusion lies with the Supreme Court. Robert Bork
All participants in politics want to impose as much of their morality on others as possible. Robert Bork
[The apparent extensive sinning] is not more evils in this kind, nor nothing near so many by proportion, as in other places; but they are here more discovered and seen, and made publick by due search, inquisition, and due punishment; for the churches looke narrowly to their members, and the magistrates over all, more strictly than in other places. William Bradford
Let the federal government take care of its values, not yours. Harry Browne
Traditional values is the last trump card the Republican party possesses. Pat Buchanan
Too often on social issues my party has painted an image of America as slouching towards Gomorrah. George W. Bush
America is not held together by a common race, religion or ethnicity; it is held together by shared values. Jim Castelli
In a democracy, government is a means by which we can act together to protect what is important to us and to promote our common values. Catholic Church
Dangerous in its political aspect, the Commune is far more dangerous in the social. Jose de Armas Cespedes
How we behave in our public lives inevitably reflects values, attitudes and experiences embedded in our private lives and vice versa. William H. Chafe
Every political persuasion has something they want to get off the screen. Peggy Charren
I don’t want the Government to teach my kids’ family values. Cher
Democracy is a value in itself. It doesn't have to be defended [justified] any more than freedom has to be defended. Noam Chomsky
No one seems to care for anything but about money today. Nothing is held of account except the bank accounts. Quality, education, civic distinction, public virtue seem each year to be valued less and less. Winston Churchill
American women don't need to be lectured about values by men in Washington. Hillary Clinton
Medicare is more than just a program. It reflects our values. It’s one way we honor parents and grandparents and protect our families across the generations. Bill Clinton
I part with them because they believe that their values are the only acceptable set of values and should be imposed by the government. Alphonse D'Amato
In Europe, extramarital affairs are considered a sign of good health—a feat. Jean-Pierre Detremerie
If we can afford large sums of money or other such things as horseracing, and motion picture films, and we do—I'm not arguing against them—then I say we ought to have sufficient sense of values to say that health is more important than these things, and if we can find money for relatively non-essential things, we can find the money to give our people good health. Thomas Clement Douglas
When we're talking about medical care we're talking about our sense of values. Do we think human life is important? Do we think that the best medical care which is available is something to which people are entitled, by virtue of belonging to a civilized community? Thomas Clement Douglas
Too often reform involves the mechanics of change rather than the underlying values. David Durenburger
Protestant Christianity ... tutored the first generations of Americans. It provided what we today would call the value system of the society. Terry Eastland
[America] is so awash in rights that we are virtually unable to pass legislation reflecting traditional religious and moral views. Moral relativism will then be the rule, at law; and what is true at law will shape what is practiced. Terry Eastland
I have seen bright young people all over this country in an ocean surrounded by the sharks of drugs, alcohol, violence, homicide, suicide, AIDS and teenage pregnancy while we argue over whose values we are going to teach. Joycelyn Elders
The politics of crime is not about a party's record or a candidate's proposals, but about perceived character and values. Susan Estrich
The sacredness of our Sabbath, of our homes, of chastity, and finally even of our right to teach our own children in our own schools fundamental facts and truths were torn away from us. Hiram Wesley Evans
[Characterizing public schools:] godless monstrosities ... values-indoctrination centers ... a multi-billion dollar inculcation machine. Michael P. Farris
If we try and make out of the American people a people of one mind and one mold, we're through. Barry Goldwater
I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans ... Barry Goldwater
I will never inflict my values on you. Phil Gramm
The paranoid spokesman sees the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms—he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. He is always manning the barricades of civilization. He constantly lives at a turning point. Like religious millenialists he expresses the anxiety of those who are living through the last days…. Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish. Since the enemy is thought of as being totally evil and totally unappeasable, he must be totally eliminated—if not from the world, at least from the theatre of operations to which the paranoid directs his attention. This demand for total triumph leads to the formulation of hopelessly unrealistic goals, and since these goals are not even remotely attainable, failure constantly heightens the paranoid’s sense of frustration. Even partial success leaves him with the same feeling of powerlessness with which he began, and this in turn only strengthens his awareness of the vast and terrifying quality of the enemy he opposes. Richard Hofstadter
It is the human being that was elected to bring values to the world. Ifa
This proposal will destroy our Islamic, social and family values by stripping men of their humanity when they surprise their wives or female relatives committing adultery. Islamic Action Front
Your imagination, your initiative, and your indignation will determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth. For in your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society, and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. Lyndon B. Johnson
We are a people in search of community. Barbara Jordan
The President can set the cultural agenda. Myron Magnet
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will loose its freedom. W. Somerset Maugham
Free trade will bring widespread discontent. It will revolutionize values. It will take away more than one half the earning capacity of brain and brawn. William McKinley
Television is the medium through which society communicates its democratic values. Howard M. Metzenbaum
There is no subject on which there is a greater habitual difference of judgment between a man judging for himself, and the same man judging for other people. John Stuart Mill
Whoever feels the amount of interest in the government of his country which befits a freeman, has some convictions on national affairs which are like his life-blood; which the strength of his belief in their truth, together with the importance he attaches to them, forbid him to make a subject of compromise, or postpone to the judgment of any person, however greatly his superior. John Stuart Mill
Things that bind a community together are the things that nobody has to talk about because everyone agrees about them. Daniel P. Moynihan
It is not Americans right to impose their values upon us. Abdul Hakeem Mujahid
Every president of the United States federalizes his values. Richard Lamm
Our polity has fallen down a dark hole into a place that is far from the vision and values of those who founded this democracy. Joseph I. Lieberman
No American parent should be forced to compete with popular culture to raise his children. Joseph I. Lieberman
The law expresses the values and aspirations of our society. Joseph I. Lieberman
The next frontier is not in front of us but inside us. Joseph I. Lieberman
There’s something deeply cultural about changing parties …. radio announcers and journalists can change either newspaper or radio or television stations and footballers can change teams, but there seems to be a deeper cultural thing about the notion of [political] defection, even if you haven’t changed your values along the way. Cheryl Kernot
[The United States] dreams of world domination, resolves to control the resources of other nations, wants to shape the world according to its ideas, and seeks to impose its values and ideology on others by force. Khurshid Ahmad
We can’t legalize torture; it’s contrary to American values…. We’ll have to think about transferring some suspects to our less squeamish allies, even if that’s hypocritical. Nobody said this was going to be pretty. Jonathan Alter
Your parents would probably want you to be more like Bill Gates than like Bill Clinton. Dinesh D'Souza
The great scientific revolution is still to come. It will ensue when men collectively organize their knowledge for application to achieve and make secure social values; when they systematically use scientific procedures for the control of human relationships and the direction or the social affairs of our vast technological machinery. John Dewey
The law of the land is We do not allow parties on a religious basis. We launch ourselves from our value system … but religion does not belong to any political party. Gamal Mubarak
After all, money is but the agent of the transfer of values Jean-Baptiste Say
The Newly established United Nations must be a force for action and not merely a frothing of words. Winston Churchill
Markets work; morals matter. Michael Barone
The drive to create just societies has been among the fundamental forces in history -- and without doubt no lasting world civilization can be founded unless it is firmly grounded in the principle of justice. Bahai Universal House of Justice
The explosive political issues of our time are issues of values rather than interests. Ron Brownstein
I want to say to America that France is not what they think it is. There has never been a war between the French and the Americans. There is no need for us to argue…. France has to be an ally of the United States. We both have the same values. Nicolas Sarkozy
This will change our state forever. Because the immediate consequence, if gay marriage goes through, is that K-12 little children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal, natural and perhaps they should try it. Michele Bachmann
Being an American is not easy. It is hard. We are required to keep some serious promises. We are judged by a high standard, ones we crafted for ourselves in the founding documents of the republic, the ones that talk about the equality of all people, the ones that tell us that government is of the people, by the people and for the people. We need to live by this, at home and abroad, and it is just about the only thing we can do to face the hatred of those who want to destroy us. Our best defense is to stay true to who we are. Our best defense is to refuse to live in fear, of them, of ourselves, of anyone. Michael Ignatieff
Human rights -- especially those of non-Moslems or non-Arabs -- simply do not have the same absolute value that they do in the West. Meir Kahane
Inequality is a fact. Equality is a value. Mason Cooley
Of all our institutions public education is the most important. Everything depends on it, the present and the future. Napoleon Bonaparte
I hated school so intensely. It interfered with my freedom. Sigrid Undset
There are, in every society, rules of conduct, and practices of life, which the progress of events has gradually marked out, and general observance hallowed. Of these, some are founded on the principles of morality and religion, some on caprice, some on prejudice. The breaking of any of them is always esteemed a crime against society. John Rae
In every generation good men have been perplexed by the paradoxical relation between moral and economic values. Herbert A. L. Fisher
Evil, by definition, is that which endangers the good, and the good is that which we perceive as a value. Konrad Lorenz
What is a value? Obviously, normal and healthy people are able to appreciate something as a high value for which to live and if necessary, to die, for no other reason than that it was evolved in cultural ritualization and handed down to them by a revered elder. Konrad Lorenz
The world no longer permits the stronger to kill the weaker, but it allows the wealthy to oppress the poor. Money is holier than man. Human life is less sacred than property. To save a dollar is regarded as a more necessary virtue than to save a human heart. Society cares more for fortune than for truth. Lemuel K. Washburn
No right dies so long as someone demands it. Arab Proverb
The Confucian culture really did contribute to the initial face of the industrialization of several Asian countries because it emphasized discipline and group behavior and so on, which was needed to initiate the industrialization process. Cho Soon
Value preferences of people change. Alan Greenspan
There is a fundamental trade off between a sense of security and a standard of living…. The Congress is the only institution that we have that reflects the value tradeoffs of the American people. Alan Greenspan
It's not enough to have a skill. Not enough to have read all the books or know all the facts. Values are what really matter Tim Russert
Nothing can be more valued than our diversity. Our diversity is the core of our democracy. Freedom becomes meaningless without respect for this diversity. Fundamentalism and fanaticism are becoming stronger in all the countries of Indian subcontinent or South Asia, particularly in India and Pakistan. Forces of fanaticism are gaining upper hand. In my opinion this is as grave a challenge as the challenge of freeing our country from the British rule. It requires mass mobilisation once again on the scale our leaders of freedom struggle did during the British rule. It was easier however, to mobilise the masses against British rule; it is much more difficult to do so against our own internal enemy. Asghar Ali Engineer
For the past several years the United Nations has proclaimed Canada to be "The Best Place In The World To Live." But if you value individual and economic liberty, you are not likely to agree…What is it about Canada that the UN sees as especially praiseworthy and, by implication, the model to be emulated by other regimes? Could it be high taxation, centralized power, wealth redistribution between regions, and social engineering? Adam Young
If I work 60 hours a week, for example, and I make much more money than someone who works 40 hours a week, is my standard of living higher? I suppose it depends on your values. If I do not have time, because I work 60 hours a week, to spend time with my children, I may not consider myself to have a high standard of living. Karen Selick
I think cultures that emphasize individualism, entrepreneurship, realism, liberty and private property are superior to cultures that emphasize collectivism, adherence to ancient ritual, mysticism, subjugation to the group, and communal property. Karen Selick
Politics is not an end, but a means. It is not a product, but a process. It is the art of government. Like other values it has its counterfeits. So much emphasis has been placed upon the false that the significance of the true has been obscured and politics has come to convey the meaning of crafty and cunning selfishness, instead of candid and sincere service. Calvin Coolidge
The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democracy is a value in itself; it doesn’t have to be defended any more than freedom has to be defended. Noam Chomsky
The bare knuckles approach seems singularly unsuited to 21st century counterinsurgencies conducted by Western Democracies. The immoral and illegal use of indiscriminate violence would require abandoning the very values Western militaries claim to protect. Colin H. Kahl
Ultimately, the best guarantor of the rule of law is not the state and the branches which comprise it but the recognition by people of its value and their willingness to fight for, and uphold it. Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi
Values are faithfully applied to the facts before us, while ideology overrides whatever facts call theory into question. Barack Obama
There are two sides to reconciliation; the law aspect and the moral values. Unless there is improvement for both, changes will not come by easily Taito Waradi
Basic moral values must therefore first be internalized in the hearts and minds of its people before we can hope to enforce legislation reflecting these values Taito Waradi
If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. Henry A. Wallace
Don't forget that some things count more than other things. William Saroyan
We can't talk about community values without being prepared to invest in those very same communities. Joseph I. Lieberman
One must be very naïve or dishonest to imagine that men choose their beliefs independently of their situation. Claude Levi-Strauss
These fears, held by indigenous Fijians, must not be ridiculed but understood and addressed. In the final analysis it will be counterproductive to impose democracy on people who have yet to fully understand how it will sit against everything they believe in. Graeme Leung
The enormous potentiality for nature’s bounty and men’s capacity to differentiate their experience can become valued by the individual himself so that he will not be tempted and coerced into adjustment David Riesman
Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people, a people descended from the same ancestors … very similar in their manners and customs. John Jay
You can call it gay bashing if you will, but I am just defending traditional, American, family values. Jesse Helms
Religious institutions ought to have something to say about the normative values of society. Bryan Hehir
Our America is an America where human needs come before human greed. Tom Harkin
It is important that we do not appear to be a fearful people. We must not let these attacks change our values. The terrorists must not be allowed to change our architecture. Daniel P. Moynihan
Architecture is a political art connecting our values to the ages. Daniel P. Moynihan
The art of our necessities is strange, And can make vile things precious. William Shakespeare
We find traditions of liberty, rationality, and tolerance in the rich histories of pre-Islamic and Islamic societies. These values do not belong to the West or the East; they are the common moral heritage of humankind. St. Petersburg Declaration
For too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things Robert Kennedy
The greatest guarantee for the preservation of a person’s identity is language and faith, and all Armenians must carry these two values. Sebouh Chouldjian
It's an unknown, it's a disappeared. It has no identity, it's neither alive nor's disappeared Jorge Rafael Videla
This is about standing for fundamental values that have been the foundation for the development of Western democracies over several hundred years, and we are now in a situation where those values are being challenged. I think some of the Muslims who have reacted very strongly to these cartoons are being driven by totalitarian and authoritarian impulses, and the nature of these impulses is that if you give in once they will just put forward new requirements. We do not apologize for printing the cartoons. It was our right to do so. Flemming Rose
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual. Albert Einstein
Although the world has undergone many changes, both good and bad, in the past century, change need not imply the loss of traditional values. Nor is progress another word for moral decay. It is not development and progress which jeopardize values and morality but rather the absence of a strong and secure moral foundation developed first and foremost in the family. Surely, it is possible for one to enjoy the conveniences of modern life-airplanes and automobiles, computers and cell phones, microwaves and VCRs-without losing one's sense of values. When we love God, love our families, we can enjoy life without betraying the practices of decency, without abandoning the traditions of our cultures. Jehan Sedat
Everything new appears from the elements of the Past, because “ex nihilo nihil fit.” The prolific development of culture requires that the inventory of values be kept in the memory of tradition and passed to future generations Nikolay Trubetskoy
Old-fashioned values may count when conservatives appear on the stump, but once conservatives are in office the only old-fashioned situation they care to revive is an economic regimen of low wages and lax regulations…. The leaders of the backlash may talk Christ, but they walk corporate. Values may "matter most" to voters, but they always take a backseat to the needs of money once the elections are won Thomas Frank
I believe in limited government. I believe that government should be limited in many ways, …. No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race Richard P. Feynman
That's the beauty of democracy — you believe what you believe, I believe what I believe, and as long as we're not hurting each other, that's fine. Placing a value judgment on a person's beliefs has no place in a democracy. Francis Escudero
You can tell the values of a nation by its advertisements George Norman Douglas
Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping their outcomes towards success or failure: long-term planning, and willingness to reconsider core values. Jared Diamond
Once we become wealthy, we tend to move away from what made us wealthy. James Dyson
Just cross out Mormon everywhere in the speech and replace it with Quaker. Calvin Trillin
If we leave our values at the door, we give up some of the moral glue that has held our country together Barack Obama
Each man is worth more than the whole of humanity, nor will it do to sacrifice each to all save in so far as all sacrifice themselves to each. Miguel de Unamuno
… people are far from acting generally according to the dictates of their interests, but oftener in consequence of their passions, though it may even prove injurious to their interests. Leopold II
The law exists to express our values. Joseph I. Lieberman
A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. A country is something that is built every day out of certain basic shared values. Pierre Trudeau
What is considered sinful in one of the great religions to which citizens belong isn't necessarily sinful in the others. Criminal law therefore cannot be based on the notion of sin … Pierre Trudeau
A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate. Pierre Trudeau
One evades discussion of serious issues by the simple device of passing them off as value problems, whereas, to say the least, many of these conflicts arose out of man’s very agreement regarding values. Leo Strauss
In some countries the effort to debate and legislate the social and ethical implications of the new biological and genetic technologies often precedes their application. This observation confirms the realization by the public that biotechnological applications will interfere with all the basic and profound value systems considered by every human being Calum MacKellar
Differences between Hindus and Muslims are so fundamental that there is nothing that matters in life upon which we agree. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
In the multicultural West, our values are that we have no values: we accord all values equal value Mark Steyn
It is our firm belief, nay a conviction which constitutes one of the basic values of a free society to which we are wedded under our Constitution, that there must be freedom not only for the thought that we cherish, but also for the thought that we hate K. J. Shetty
It is mutual fear and distrust that mostly generate world tensions and these can be traced in no small measure, like other root causes of worsening world conditions, to different people's conflicting and often intolerant, value-belief differences ... Roger Wolcott Sperry
A society with no values outside of politics is a machine carrying its human cargo, with no purpose in its institutions reflecting their care, eternal aspirations, loneliness, need for love. Stephen Spender
… what is true for me may be blasphemy for others. Gerry Spence
Americans are constantly extolling "traditions"; litanies to family values are at the center of every politician's discourse. And yet the culture of America is extremely corrosive of family life, indeed of all traditions except those redefined as "identities" that can be accepted as part of larger patterns of distinctiveness, cooperation, and openness to innovation. Susan Sontag
It is easy for us to criticize the prejudices of our grandfathers, from which our fathers freed themselves. It is more difficult to search for prejudices among the beliefs and values that we hold. Peter Singer
I cannot recall a time when American education was not in a "crisis." We have lived through Sputnik (when we were "falling behind the Russians"), through the era of "Johnny can't read," and through the upheavals of the Sixties. Now a good many books are telling us that the university is going to hell in several different directions at once. I believe that, at least in part, the crisis rhetoric has a structural explanation: since we do not have a national consensus on what success in higher education would consist of, no matter what happens, some sizable part of the population is going to regard the situation as a disaster. As with taxation and relations between the sexes, higher education is essentially and continuously contested territory. Given the history of that crisis rhetoric, one's natural response to the current cries of desperation might reasonably be one of boredom. John Searle
History indicates that that at a certain point of economic breakdown people cease being concerned with liberties and are ready to accept regimentation. The danger is obviously greater when two main values so many people have are personal peace and affluence. Francis Schaeffer
If you're going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you're not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you're probably doing something wrong. Antonin Scalia
Lasting and strong international relations cannot be built on short-lived interests. A credible partnership is inconceivable without shared values and commitment to the same ideas. Serzh Sargsyan
We cannot idealize technology. Technology is only and always the reflection of our own imagination, and its uses must be conditioned by our own values. Bill Clinton
Knowing what we now know about living systems—how they replicate and how they mutate—we are beginning to know how to control their evolutionary futures. To a considerable extent we now do that with the plants we cultivate and the animals we domesticate. This is, in fact, a standard application of genetics today. We could even go further, for there is no reason why we cannot in the same way direct our own evolutionary futures. I wish to emphasize, however—and emphatically—that whether we should do this and, if so, how, are not questions science alone can answer. They are for society as a whole to think about. Scientists can say what the consequences might be, but they are not justified in going further except as responsible members of society. George Wells Beadle
Science requires much more than money and projects. Science requires freedom: freedom to enquire, to challenge, to think, and to envision the unimagined. We must be able to question convention and arbitrate our disputes by the rules of evidence. It is the content of scientific work that matters, not the persons who produced it, regardless of the color of their skin, the god they choose to worship, the ethnic group they were born into, or their gender. These are the values of science, but even more, they are societal values worth defending, not just to promote the pursuit of science but to have a better and more humane society. Ismail Serageldin
Women are not just victims of oppression or vectors of change. They are the artisans of social capital, that lattice of values that is the glue that holds societies together. It is they who repair the torn social fabric of communities in the difficult post-conflict situations. They are the custodians of values, who nurture these values in the next generation. Ismail Serageldin
Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
We don't take over the means of those whom we abhor. Lee H. Hamilton
The break with and the rejection of Europe, decisive in the making of the American people, did not take place in Canada. In the formative period of Canadian history the immigrant's arrival in North America represented not a rejection of Europe and its values but an affirmation of them. This is the deepest and most meaningful difference between Canada and the United States. John F. Conway
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The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others. United States Embassy in Egypt
We may find that we are not always striving to preserve the same type of life, of even the same nation. Shani Boianjiu
Frankly, I'm fed up with politicians in Washington lecturing the rest of us about family values. Our families have values. But our government doesn’t. Bill Clinton
We make our own history. The course of history is directed by the choices we make and our choices grow out of the ideas, the beliefs, the values, the dreams of the people. It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voices of the people themselves. Eleanor Roosevelt
The laws of a country are a reflection of the values of the people. Rick Santorum
What Americans should by now be able to see is that neither the laissez-faire marketplace nor strong government has given them a satisfying or permanent resolution. The problem is not the marketplace and it is not government. The problem originates in the contest of clashing values between society and capitalism and, since this human society cannot surrender its deepest values, it must try to alter capitalism's. William Greider
How the hell do I know. I’ve changed my mind so many times. Kaitlin Nootbaar
How can there be so vast a difference of opinion in an age so intelligent and educated as ours? Is half the world struck blind to-day, and is sight given to the other half alone? No, there is neither incurable blindness, nor is sight vouchsafed only to a few. The sole reason for the confusion is that men employ different standards in measuring the same thing, and for this reason find it impossible to understand each other. Guglielmo Ferrero
In every civilized society property rights must be carefully safeguarded; ordinarily, and in the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run identical; but when it clearly appears that there is a real conflict between them, human rights must have the upper hand, for property belongs to man and not man to property. Theodore Roosevelt
A republican is someone who defends public institutions and democratic values, someone who is a defender of public life, someone who respects the principles of liberty, so in that sense we are very calm and at ease. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Americans are so individualistic, they do not realize their individualism is a communally derived value. Richard Rodriguez
Political rights do not exist because they have been legally set down on a piece of paper, but only when they have become the ingrown habit of a people, and when any attempt to impair them will meet with the violent resistance of the populace. Rudolph Rocker
Things that used to be illicit are not illicit today. Licit products of yesterday, may be illicit today. Richard Snyder
It's hubris to think that the way we see things is everything there is. Lisa Randall
Our policies must be premised on, and must reinforce, values such as family, hard work, integrity and personal responsibility. J. Danforth Quayle
In order to have a large number of values in common, all members of the group must have an equitable opportunity to receive and to take from others. Members must be able to accept each other’s ideas and must be able to compromise. There must be a large variety of shared undertakings and experiences. Otherwise, the influences … educate some into masters, educate others into slaves. John Dewey
We have an American religion; we do believe in a lot of things together. Christopher Matthews
Victorian values…were the values when our country became great. Margaret Thatcher
Two types of choices seem to me to have been crucial in tipping their outcomes towards success or failure: long-term planning, and willingness to reconsider core values. Jared Diamond
It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal. Benjamin Disraeli
An old man in a house is a good sign in a house. Ancient Hebrew Proverb
Sometimes it's hard to tell which evokes more anger – businesses that know and care about nothing except profits or governments that know and care about nothing except power and paper-pushing. However, anger is not a solution. Anger attempts to shout down problems, and it never works. Rich Turner
Since the attacks on September 11th, I do not believe there has been any serious effort by the US mainstream press to review the history of US involvement in and support of terrorism. The news is monopolized by those who want to go to war. For that reason, I do not think it will be very easy to avoid this 'war on terrorism'. The US media are so powerful, and they fill our minds every day with what they think we should know and how we should interpret it. They are working hand-in-hand with the Government, and they share the same values. Philip Agee
Because of our sin, we as individuals and as a nation continue to experience a decline in moral values and beliefs. Our sinful behavior has resulted in increasing rates of unmarried adolescent and adult sexual activity, the birth of children to unwed mothers, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and decreasing marital fidelity. These are all signs of the decline of our culture. National Association of Evangelicals
Today, with the Executive Order I am about to sign, we will bring the change that so many scientists and researchers, doctors and innovators, patients and loved ones have hoped for and fought for these past eight years: We will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embryonic stem cell research. Now, in recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values. In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. Barack Obama
There is an inevitable conflict between different sections of The Constitution and also between The Constitution and certain values. Floyd Abrams
No people ever recognize their dictator in advance. He never stands for election on the platform of dictatorship. He always represents himself as the instrument — the Incorporated National Will. ... When our dictator turns up, you can depend on it that he will be one of the boys, and he will stand for everything traditionally American Dorothy Thompson
Why is it not newsworthy when an elderly homeless person dies in the street when it is newsworthy when the Stock Market loses 2 points? Pope Francis I
We are now going through a period of demolition. In morals, in social life, in politics, in medicine, and in religion there is a universal upturning of foundations. But the day of reconstruction seems to be looming, and now the grand question is: Are there any sure and universal principles that will evolve a harmonious system in which we shall all agree? Catharine Beecher
Poverty violates core American values. It challenges the American dream’s promise of prosperity for anyone who works hard, a faith central to the national ethic. David K. Shipler
Knowing what an opponent values is a necessary condition for deterrence success. Thomas Schelling
Every movement takes a century to make its mark. The women’s movement is only 40 some years old. Gloria Steinem
We cannot allow events that might divide us in a small way to distract from the common values and the common interests that unite us in big ways. John Kerry
We are engaged in the defense of a way of life, and the great danger was that in defending this way of life we will find ourselves resorting to methods that endangered this way of life. Allen Dulles
In the past Russia needed liberty to live better. It must now have it in order to survive…. The challenge of our times is an overhaul of the system of values, the forging of a new consciousness. We cannot build a new country with old thinking … Dmitry Medvedev
Putting the principle of liberty into practice requires institutions: functional legislatures, government bureaucracies, and full-fledged legal system with police, lawyers, prosecutors, and impartial judges…. And the relevant institutions must be firmly anchored in values: people must believe in the importance of protecting … zones of social and civic life from state interference. Michael Mandelbaum
People need this product [Western classical music] of the West to liberate their cultural thinking from 2,000 years of feudalism. Li Delun
In this world it is possible to achieve great material wealth, to live an opulent life. But a life built upon those things alone leaves a shallow legacy. In the end, we will be judged by other standards Cesar Chavez
Some countries elevate and value community. Some serve the state to the detriment of individual people, and some, like the United States, celebrate individuality to a fault. David Rothkopf
A wide gap still exists between the mass democratic movement and your party with regard to the method of attaining those values, but your commitment to a non-racial democracy in a United South Africa has won you many friends in the extra-parliamentary movement. Nelson Mandela
The permissive society has been allowed to become a dirty phrase. A better phrase is the civilized society. Roy Jenkins
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 … liberty, … individual freedom … international peace … law and order … constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril. J. William Fulbright
Priorities are reflected in the things we spend money on... A nation's budget is full of moral implications; it tells what a society cares about and what it does not care about; it tells what it's values are. J. William Fulbright
I think we Americans tend to put too high a value on unanimity, as if there were something dangerous and illegitimate about honest differences of opinion honestly expressed by honest men. J. William Fulbright
All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values Marshall McLuhan
A pre-emptive war in 'defense' of freedom would surely destroy freedom, because one simply cannot engage in barbarous action without becoming a barbarian, because one cannot defend human values by calculated and unprovoked violence without doing mortal damage to the values one is trying to defend J. William Fulbright
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 value, we do so at our peril. J. William Fulbright
The moral spectacle of capitalism still offends, as does American capitalism's implacable insistence that the market determine value even in the political, intellectual, and artistic spheres. William Pfaff
Your own acts tell the world who you are and what kind of society you think it should be Ai Weiwei
The government may be made up of clever, sensible people. But if they do not believe in basic human values, the more clever or shrewd they are the greater the tragedy they will create. Ai Weiwei
No man who believes that all is for the best in this suffering world can keep his ethical values unimpaired, since he is always having to find excuses for pain and misery. Bertrand Russell
It’s very important that the American people believe in us [the military]. Ray Odierno
The world’s gravest conflicts are not over ethical principles or disputed values but over disputed facts. Robert Wright
For Israel there is tension between our values and the brutal reality [of the Middle East] Ari Shavit
There will be times … when our safety will not be directly threatened, but our interests and values are …. In such cases, we should not be afraid to act. Barack Obama
When you cut through the noise, what’s really at stake is how we remain true to who we really are in a world that is remaking itself at dizzying speed. Barack Obama
Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life. Human beings are better equipped to cope with disaster and hardship than they are with unvarying security, but as long as security is the highest value in a community they can have little opportunity to decide this for themselves. Germaine Greer
Laws are often made to express collective ethical principles, to establish a climate of opinion … Donald Sassoon
Not many people appear to advocate—although most a quite prepared to tolerate—a society where some people are worth less than others. Donald Sassoon
It's going to destroy it all. I use what I call my bathroom metaphor. If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, then both have what I call freedom of the bathroom, go to the bathroom any time you want, and stay as long as you want to for whatever you need. And this to my way is ideal. And everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution. But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door … and so on. And in the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. Isaac Asimov
We have rebelled against all controls and religions, all laws and judgments which the mighty sought to foist upon us. We kept to our dedication and our missions. By these will the State be judged, by the moral character it imparts to its citizens, by the human values determining its inner and outward relations, and by its fidelity, in thought and act, to the supreme behest: "and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Here is crystallized the eternal law of Judaism, and all the written ethics in the world can say no more. The State will be worthy of its name only if its systems, social and economic, political and legal, are based upon these imperishable words. They are more than a formal precept which can be construed as passive or negative: not to deprive, not to rob, not to oppress, not to hurt. David Ben-Gurion
Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear. Ayn Rand
Canadian federalism is more than a form of government. It's also a system of values that allows different people in diverse communities to live and work together in harmony for the good of all. Jean Chretien
Society doesn't have values. People have values. Milton Friedman
In its mad passion for power, the Communist State even sought to strengthen and deepen the very ideas and conceptions which the Revolution had come to destroy. It supported and encouraged all the worst antisocial qualities and systematically destroyed the already awakened conception of the new revolutionary values Emma Goldman
Today, our country has ushered into an era of technological advancements, when current achievements oblige us to mobilize all our forces and work with a maximum effectiveness and goal-orientation. Therefore, our goal is a single one, namely: to rally around our values, to be proud of our achievements and to be confident with the future. This is the way in which Armenia can move ahead. Armenia should improve more than the previous day. All of us should constantly remember this. All of us should remember the logic of a better Armenia, a safer Armenia, a prosperous Armenia, and a powerful Armenia... Let there be an atmosphere of kindness and tolerance throughout all our undertakings. Serzh Sargsyan
Lasting and strong relations cannot be built on short-lived interests. A credible partnership is inconceivable without shared values and commitment to the same ideas. Serzh Sargsyan
The greatest guarantee for the preservation of a person’s identity is language and faith, and all Armenians must carry these two values. Sebouh Chouldjia
Today we must secure not a clash between civilizations, but a reconciliation and bringing together of the values of Islam and Christianity. Sebouh Chouldjia
Our ethical values point one way, towards intergenerational responsibility, but our political system points another, towards the short-term horizon of the next election. We should consider introducing agents who can vote in a far-seeing and impartial way. Thomas Wells
… the mere money-making American, insensible to every duty, regardless of every principle, bent only on amassing a fortune. Theodore Roosevelt
The distribution of wealth, therefore, depends on the laws and customs of society. Robert Heilbroner
It frequently happens that an element of the standard of living which set out with being primarily wasteful, ends with becoming, in the apprehension of the consumer, a necessary of life. Thorstein Veblen
Collective action is a means of power, a means by which individuals can more fully realize their individual values. Kenneth Joseph Arrow
The culture and values of many former Soviet republics really do differ from what prevails in the West. Alexander Lukin
The effects of U.S. intervention in Latin America have been overwhelming negative. They have had the effect of reinforcing brutal and unjust social systems and crushing people who are fighting for what we would actually call “American values.” In many cases, … we actually overthrew governments that had principles similar to ours and replaced those … leaders with people who detest everything the United States stands for. Stephen Kinzer
I believe the death penalty demeans the values that form the core of American life.... Capital punishment is a terrible concession, a desperate response that substitutes one evil for another.... There is a better response to killing than killing. Mario Cuomo
… our respect for First Amendment freedoms is one of the few values that still rises above partisan politics. Lee C. Bollinger
Americans should expose China to Christian values so in order that time shall have been secured for the Chinese to absorb the ideals which in ourselves are the result of centuries of Christian increment.. Alfred Thayer Mahan
… a stain on United States values and history. Dianne Feinstein
Wonder Woman is not sufficiently dressed. National Organization for Decent Literature
Propaganda is bad when it comes from the enemy. It is good when it comes from us. Mark Stout
The Domestic Servant Problem is one of the most serious problems of the present day. London Times
I'm fed up with [Republican] politicians in Washington lecturing the rest of us about family values. Our families have values. But our government doesn’t. Bill Clinton
No one expresses and demonstrates American values more than the American People. Barack Obama
Once middle-class white women began to emancipate themselves and get involved in public and political life… abortion took on its modern meaning of self-determination and active decision making. Those are bedrock American values for men, but not for women, who are supposed to be self-sacrificing, other-oriented, maternal, and dependent. Katha Politt
To fight evil one must also recognize one's own responsibility. The values for which we stand must be expressed in the way we think of, and how we deal with, our fellow humans. Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard
People who are tired of K Street corruption and Wall Street greed are ready for Main Street Values. Mike Huckabee
If you want to know the value of money, try and borrow some. Benjamin Franklin
The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit, born of an intellectual conviction of the need for change in those mental attitudes and values which shape the course of a nation's development. A revolution which aims merely at changing official policies and institutions with a view to an improvement in material conditions has little chance of genuine success. Aung San Suu Kyi
In principle, Eurasia and our space, the heartland Russia, remain the staging area of a new anti-bourgeois, anti-American revolution. ... The new Eurasian empire will be constructed on the fundamental principle of the common enemy: the rejection of Atlanticism, strategic control of the USA, and the refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us. This common civilizational impulse will be the basis of a political and strategic union. Aleksandr Dugin
Reformers on the left and right alike must give up the fantasy that humans are blank slates who can be overwritten with ideal values, however discomfiting or disappointing the realization may be. Conor Friedersdorf
For more than 1000 years our spiritual traditions and common values have been nurtured and begotten here. Today, as we restore the value of patriotism , historical memory and cultural tradition, we are seeking firmer bonds with Mount Athos. Vladimir Putin
We sir -- we are the diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us. We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.... Victor Dixon
America has shown itself to be untrustworthy, a superpower that uses its values as a scabbard for its sword. Mohsin Hamid
They all overvalued the importance of stability. Bob Greene
A free enterprise system that is not underlaid with values is bankrupt. Michael Novak
There is no Americano dream. There is only the American dream created by an Anglo-Protestant society. Mexican-Americans will share in that dream and in that society only if they dream in English. Samuel P. Huntington
We believe that talented people with bad values can do far more damage than virtuous people with lesser talents. Charles Koch
We know, deep down, that repression is not the wave of the future. We know that the desire for freedom is not confined to, or owned by, any culture; it is the inborn hope of our humanity. We know that free governments are the only way to ensure that the strong are just and the weak are valued. And we know that when we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with preserving and protecting democracy. George W. Bush
People are nicer than economists give us credit for. The economists cannot understand why people would work long and hard to clean up a community after a hurricane. … Most economists don’t have any interest in or understanding of psychology. Richard Thaler
Parents: instead of teaching our children to be brave boys or pretty girls, can we maybe just teach them how to be good humans? Justin Baldoni
American democracy has never accorded all the people a meaningful voice. The masses have been given symbols instead, and they are often empty symbols. Nation-states traditionally rely on the fiction that a head of state can represent the body of the people and stand in as their proxy; in the American version, the president must appeal broadly to shared values that mask the existence of deep class divisions. Even when this strategy works, though, unity comes at the price of perpetuating ideological deception. Nancy Isenberg
Many of Israel's leaders are inundated with extreme ideology that is centered around a deep sense of victimhood. Ghosts from the past blind their eyes from seeing that anyone else could suffer from discrimination in our modern state. In fact, the definition of "traitor" nowadays is "peacenik" or even leftist. The Jewish values that inspired Israel's Declaration of Independence are too often less relevant to government policy than the dead sea scrolls. Anat Hoffman

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