• 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 >>

    Dialogs on Values and Ethics

    Dialogues on Values and Ethics: Interviews with Experts

    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 Previously unpublished, these interviews educate, enlighten and elucidate what it means to “live a life of value.”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 due out in mid-2017! Price will be approximately $15.

    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.

    Enjoy. Stay a while!

"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

  • Synthesizing Ancient Wisdom and Modern Thought

    Jason Merchey is a philosophical thinker and independent scholar as well as founder of Values of the Wise. He was born in Southern California, but don’t hold that against him! Raised Jewish in a Christian area somewhere between Hollywood and Disneyland, his faith in organized religion and America as an ideal society faded at about the time that he gained critical thinking skills and his parents divorced.

    After a high school experience marked by lackluster academic performance, water polo, and student government, Jason spent three years in junior college trying to figure things out – personally and academically – and transferred to the University of California (Irvine). He was inducted into the honor society Phi Beta Kappa, graduated summa cum laude in psychology and social behavior (B.A.), subsequently earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from California State University (Fullerton). He then high-tailed it from Orange County to San Diego where he put in 3,000 hours practicing psychotherapy and family therapy. He learned many things from clients, and had some thrilling moments. It wasn’t for him though.

    In fact, working with clients on their issues and thinking about his own, he became so intrigued and satisfied studying wisdom, values, and ethics that he created the Values of the Wise website and book series rather than continue pursuing psychotherapy and family therapy. His first book (2003) was a book of quotations entitled: Values of the Wise: Profound and Witty Words of Wisdom to Inspire and Empower Us.

    He followed that up with three similar quote books. He has since published two well-regarded, top-shelf books on the concept of “a life of value” which largely utilizes quotes about values and wisdom as the basis for improving one’s life and gaining valuable insight. A third book is based on interviews with experts on values and ethics (June, 2017).

    He also started, built, and ran a restaurant and lived for a while in San Francisco. Jason moved to Charleston, SC to be a real estate investor, and now lives in Summerville, SC with his wife and pets. Having “gone back to school,” he is pursuing a graduate certificate in philosophy and ethics and tutors college undergrads in writing at the local college.

    “When you know what your values are, and actively and passionately apply them in your life, you have found your self, and that is likely to make a positive impact on people both near and far. This is ‘a Life of Value.'”

    “I’ve been digging into [Living a Life of Value] and finding insight, illumination, and inspiration.”Bill Moyers, PBS journalist; former Director of The Peace Corps; author of Faith Works: How to Live Your Beliefs as well as Ignite Positive Social Change; producer of the television series, Faith and Reason

    “Like a medieval monastic scribe illuminating manuscripts for the few, Jason Merchey is compiling the wisdom of the ages for the many – a cornucopia of insightful treasures.”Michael Toms, Co-founder and host of New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network; author of: A Time For Choices: Deep Dialogues For Deep Democracy; co-author of True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do

    “Jason is doing more than almost anybody I know collecting real wisdom about values in our time. He’s bringing together all kinds of profound and interesting and accomplished people to tell their stories and to give a glimpse of their perspectives on the world. Nobody’s doing it like he is, so he’s benefiting a tremendous number of people with his books, radio show, and everything else he’s doing.” Tom Morris, Ph.D., philosopher and founder of the Morris Institute for Human Values; author of If Aristotle Ran General Motors, If Harry Potter Ran General Electric, as well as Philosophy for Dummies; former professor of philosophy and religion, Notre Dame University; consultant to corporations and organizations about bringing wisdom and values into the workplace

    “The ancient Greek word for philosopher literally means a ‘lover of wisdom.’ Jason is indeed a philosopher, a lover of wisdom. I think his deep love of wisdom is his underlying motivation for his study of the values of the wise. The fact that he is a caring person impels him to share his philosophical passion with others. Further, knowing his concern for the broader picture, it seems that he knows encouraging people to love and pursue wisdom helps to make this a better world.” Judith Barad, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Indiana State University and author of The Ethics of Star Trek as well as Catholicism and Liberal Democracy


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    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.

    Search Now

    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


Feel free to contact Jason with any questions, comments, issues, or purchase requests:

    Jason Merchey,
    Founder and author, Values of the Wise, LLC
    1605 Central Avenue #6-321
    Summerville, SC 29483