• Make Wisdom Your Greatest Strength!

    Values of the Wise was created in 2004 by Jason Merchey. It is a unique compilation of wisdom from the realms of applied psychology, ancient philosophy, critical thinking, inspirational quotes, personal growth, ethics, and above all, wisdom.

    Jason has dedicated his academic/writing life to the collection of examples of timeless wisdom throughout the ages. His goal with Values of the Wise website is to bring ancient wisdom and progressive thinking to life—at no cost to visitors. Through his expansive research of books, news stories, songs, movies, and poems, Merchey has created this novel approach to wisdom.

    Covering a multitude of topics such as social justice, economics, politics, social criticism, and morality, Values of the Wise seeks to make knowledge easily accessible for the interested reader. Virtue and fulfillment and meaning can result from such self-knowledge. This is as close to true happiness as one is likely to find.

    The ambitious project features an extensive searchable quote database (The Wisdom Archive), podcasts (Values and Ethics Dialogues), books about wisdom (The Values of the Wise Series), and a massive blog featuring Jason’s writings in seven different subject areas.

    Values of the Wise also features two unique, free tools to help one understand one’s values (The Top Values ToolTM) and to know more about how one goes about making moral choices and ethical decisions (The Ethical Decision-Making GuideTM).

    Nothing at Values of the Wise costs anyone anything, nor are there annoying ads to cope with.

    The purpose of this 16-year-old odyssey of public philosophy is the spreading of a myriad of ideas to encourage free-thinking, critical decision-making, and virtue. Values of the Wise is a stellar and unique guide to asking and answering the big questions in life.

    You can’t spend a few hours here and not come away with some favorite inspirational quotes and hopefully an enhancement to your critical thinking skills! This is the place for quotes about wisdom, philosophy quotes, and quotes about personal growth which can help you to make wisdom your greatest strength!

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“The Values of the Wise Series is a treasury of ideas, thoughts, & feelings that represent the best of humane ideals. I hope it will be widely read because it could be a wonderful influence on the thinking and behavior of us all.”

-Howard Zinn, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, Boston University; author of The Twentieth Century, A People’s History of the United States, as well as You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

  • 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

    Top Values Tool
    • What are your top values?
    • Is wisdom your greatest strength?
    • Do you prize truth above all else?
    • Are creativity and ingenuity
      your favorite values?

    This brief inventory shows you which of the 28 values of the wise you most prefer.
    When you know what you value, and why, you live a more passionate and meaningful life.

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    Ethical Decision-Making Guide
    • How do you decide about moral issues?
    • What is your ethical style?
    • Are you into religious ethics or
      more of a rationalist?

    Take the ethical assessment created by Jason Merchey, M.S. and Peter Raabe, Ph.D. to determine which approach to moral decision-making you tend to prefer.
    This is useful information because you will know more about yourself and be able to think more critically when faced with a dilemma or a situation that involves morality. You will know more about what it means, to you, to “do the right thing.”

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    Books About Values, Wisdom and Ethics

    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. More >>

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    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. 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 award winning gem is available now! More >>


"These books and the website ValuesoftheWise.com reflect Jason Merchey’s extensive and creative use of quotations to study and promote wisdom; in this regard, he is a ‘man on a mission.’” 

– Bruce Lloyd, M.B.A., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management at the Center for International Business Studies, London South Bank University; frequent writer and lecturer on the topic of leadership, and the relationship between knowledge and wisdom

  • Podcasts About Values & Ethics

    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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