• Life of Value Books

    Building a Life of Value

    Building a Life of Value

    More than just a book of quotations, this is a fusion of great thinking — from classical to contemporary; from philosophical to poetic. Highlighted with thought-provoking essays by Jason Merchey, these words of wisdom will help you to “build a life of value” and thus become the architect of your life. Learn more >>


    Living a Life of Value

    Living a Life of Value

    A fusion of classical ideas and progressive goals, this anthology features 75 remarkable writings that shine light on what it means to live a life of value. The fascinating contributors to this book herald positive and solid values: the values of the wise. Following each story, you will find a selection of diverse and relevant quotations that encourage thought, reflection, and insight.Learn more >>


    Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom

    Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom

    A wonderful, unique and thought-provoking compilation of interviews Jason Merchey did with experts on values and ethics when he was doing a radio show, Values and Ethics: from Living Room to Boardroom, on World Talk Radio, then the world’s largest Internet-based talk radio site. Previously unpublished, these interviews educate, enlighten and elucidate what it means to “live a life of value.” The product of hundreds of hours of work, this gem is available now! Learn more >>


    Which values are the “values of the wise”?
    Fulfillment – Meaning – Optimism – Truth – Dedication – Responsibility – Will – Vision – Humor – Knowledge – Wisdom – Education – Strength – Courage – Creativity – Ingenuity – Development – Progressivism – Integration – Justice – Kindness – Magnanimity – Altruism – Lightheartedness – Acceptance of the Absurd – Passion – Willingness to Risk – Self-Awareness

    Search the Wisdom Archive

    Find wisdom and inspiration by using this tool to search our superb collection of over 25,000 quotes and proverbs about values and ethics.
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    How Does One “Live a Life of Value?”

    What do Shakespeare, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mark Twain, MLK, Jr. and the Buddha have in common? The values of the wise. The values they aspired to are those that wise individuals pursue and take interest in. Quotes, proverbs, and poetry are wonderful ways to learn about the virtues these iconic figures possessed.

    The Important Function of Values (pdf)

    The incredible thinker Albert Einstein spoke about values when he said, “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” And the wonderful woman Helen Keller noted, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

    Most of us have heard the dictum, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

    There are thousands of words of wisdom and insightful proverbs, past and present. More than just a listing of quotations about love or quotes about strength, Values of the Wise asks: What values does a wise person have? What does ethics mean? How can the wisdom of the wise be helpful and inspiring to each of us?

    Finding inspirational quotations can be like looking for needles in a haystack. This website and the books about values edited and compiled by Jason Merchey – 13 years and 25,000 quotes strong – present humane and humanistic values that can change our hearts and nourish our minds. As we change, the world changes.

    Living a life of value is when one finds fulfillment and meaning not just in doing what they love, but by being of service to others and by doing the right thing. Unlike modern-day gurus, preachers, politicians, and memes, if you seek out values that are truly yours and find evidence for why, you will have a solid foundation to build upon.

    What does Values of the Wise provide that is of value? A searchable quote database, fantastic books, invaluable tools, and inspiration to help you live a life of value.

    You’ve reached the home of the best collection of quotes on values such as truth, wisdom, justice, creativity, and courage, as well as a number of tools to help you discover more about your values and determine what ethics and morality mean to you. It’s all free, as it’s Jason’s way of being of service to others.

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"The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?"

- Dale Carnegie


  • Resources

    Values & Ethics Dialogues

    Archived interviews from Jason Merchey’s radio show, Values and Ethics: from Living Room to Boardroom, on World Talk Radio, then the world’s largest Internet-based talk radio site.

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    The Wisdom Archive

    Find wisdom and inspiration by using this tool to search our collection of over 25,000 quotes and proverbs on values such as truth, wisdom, justice, strength, creativity and more.

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    Top Values Tool

    A values inventory created by Jason Merchey to determine which “Value Set”, a grouping of two or three values that in some way are similar, you most prefer (i.e., which are your “top values”).

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    Ethicical Decision-Making

    An ethical assessment created by Jason Merchey, M.S. and Peter Raabe, Ph.D. to determine how you view moral decision-making, ethics, and which “moral approach” you tend to prefer.

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"Where you have a mythic image, it has been validated by decades, centuries, or millennia of experience along that path, and it provides a model. It's not easy to build a life for yourself with no model whatsoever."

- Joseph Campbell