“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
The quote above is one of my favorites and it comes from my favorite classic of all time: The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde said a good many things in his lifetime but I think that this is one of the most impactful, true-to-life things he ever said and one of the reasons why I love it so much is that it’s something I can relate to a good deal in my life. I don’t like taking risks—or, rather, I don’t like taking certain types of risks—and I have drawn a pretty tight circle around myself; created a rather small comfort zone for myself. And that leads me to yet another thing that Oscar Wilde said:
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
You see, if one keeps evaluating the price of everything and doesn’t take the value into account, then a person never will understand what it’s like to really live. They’ll just be existing. Now, I’m not saying that it’s good to be a daredevil and never take the price—the risk—of things into account, but it’s important to also remember that there is sometimes value in stepping outside of your comfort zone, though it might initially seem to be too… costly.
What am I trying to get at? Well… I suppose that, at the heart of what I want to say is this: take risks sometimes. Let yourself step out of your comfort zone. It may be scary, it might seem to be too costly, but what’s the value? It’s important to take into account the price of things, true, but the value is just important. When Wilde said this, he wasn’t talking about material things—or, at least I don’t think so. I think that he was talking about the price of actions we take and the value that is or isn’t there within them.
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