Virtue & Character

Virtue & Character


Kindness Quotes: Be Nice to People!

Kindness quotes are helpful May 26th, 2017

Kindness quotes are important because they urge us to remember what really matters, show concern for others besides just ourselves, and stay focused on “the right thing to do.” Here is an article about why being nice is important, and below are some of the best inspirational kindness quotes I have found over the years. Keep them in mind – and in your heart. Whether you are religious or not, be good to others. You won’t regret it. “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again” (attributed to Steven Grellet, though possibly a Quaker proverb).

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Wise Words About Life: The Wisdom Archive

wise words about life May 23rd, 2017

This is the page you need to see if you are searching for wise words about life! The Wisdom Archive is home to 25,000 great quotations on values & wisdom! I have collected these apt examples of values over a 13-year period. I have spent much money, energy, and time digitizing the collection and making it searchable based on keyword, subject, author name, author gender, value, and author ethnic background. No quotes about “fun” or “dogs” or “cooking” here! Indeed, these are the best quotes, the ultimate in wise words about life when it comes to values, wisdom, and ethics. How much does the Wisdom Archive cost? Nothing! Are there a bunch of ads that cheapen the site and the user experience? Negative!

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Inspirational Books for Personal Growth

inspirational books May 15th, 2017

ValuesoftheWise.com features three unique, beautiful, carefully-created inspirational books that can enlighten, educate and edify. Many readers and endorsers believe that each has a special ability to inspire personal growth and foster greater wisdom! Each is about values, wisdom, and ethics, and they are all unique. Debra Lindholm, Executive Director of San Diego’s Foundation for Women said the following about Values of the Wise: “We all need inspiration and role models; we all grow and learn from each other. The quotations in Merchey’s book[s] provide just that — inspiration and knowledge for our journey together.” I am appreciative to Ms. Lindholm; it’s an honor for such a great woman from such a significant and impactful non-profit organization to endorse Values of the Wise.  
Read on to find out why others find these books so valuable. 

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“Watching TV, Nobody Ever Grows”

watching TV, nobody ever grows May 15th, 2017

This is a poem I wrote after achieving a long period of stability and well-being and contentment. I questioned the worthiness of such a life.

Balance is a worthy path to take;
Pursuing the highs and accepting the lows.
Time is too valuable a thing to waste,
For watching TV, nobody ever grows.

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Making Moral Decisions: Ethical Theories

woman making moral decisions May 13th, 2017

What is moral philosophy? How does one go about making moral decisions? How do you handle ethical dilemmas? What can philosophy do to help us live better? Morality (and its parent, moral philosophy) is one of the most interesting and least-known subjects. I read an informative and worthy textbook, Analyzing Moral Issues, a while back, and its fruits are as sweet today as ever. In this blog, I wanted to answer the above questions, and to summarize ethical theories (a.k.a. moral theories). What’s in it for you? The more you know about moral philosophy and theory, the better able you will be to think critically, deal with moral dilemmas, and live a life that would be considered “good.” This is really what making moral decisions is all about. Consider this a primer on deciding what is right and wrong.

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Einstein Quotes: Words of Wisdom Indeed!

Einstein quotes are remarkable words of wisdom May 5th, 2017

Albert Einstein not only has one of the most recognizable mugs of any person alive or dead, he worked extremely hard and intelligently throughout his long life. A genius in physics, he also was a committed peace activist and socialist. Almost everyone remembers him fondly, and though that is perhaps a bit unwarranted, in general he was an affable, productive, dedicated, ingenious, creative, kind, magnanimous individual. He was also very quotable! Many of his quotes were about values.

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Inspirational Quotes Inspire Positive Actions

humans are made better by inspirational quotes April 29th, 2017

Canada geese are all over my neighborhood. They are social, and I think they mate in pairs such that the mate stays about and helps. Here is a story that is touching; you see, a goose laid eggs in a Whole Foods parking lot (the dirt), and workers cordoned off a little area for it. It just sits there on its eggs while cars and shoppers pass by! What does this mean – why is it about morality, kindness, love, compassion, or goodness? What does this have to do with inspirational quotes – the subject of this blog?

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Critical Thinking is a Virtue: a Case Study

critical thinking April 27th, 2017

Science is very important. Most people have a fair amount of respect for science and scientists, though America is a fairly religious country. To find wisdom, one must look beneath the surface and go beyond rumor, Reddit and Twitter, and biases. How trustworthy is science in modern America? Are scientists and their findings trustworthy, or like most things, has money ruined science, too? Enter critical thinking!

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Moderate or Milquetoast? David Brooks Quotes

David Brooks April 25th, 2017

Have you read any of David Brooks? He is a long-time New York Times opinion writer, contributor to the PBS nightly news, and multi-book author. Week after week, year after year, he can be counted on to write generally decent pieces that are center-right. He is kind of like Thomas L. Friedman: probably too “establishment” and “think-tanky” for me, but he is very tolerable. Lately, he has seemed fairly prescient, as someone of his ilk is just not cut out to appreciate, respect, or support the likes of Donald Trump. He’s more rational, sensible, anchored, and principled than that. He wrote an interesting piece on political moderation, and one on John McCain’s moral and political leadership. I realized then that I have quite a few David Brooks quotes. Is he wise, or wishy-washy? Magnanimous or milquetoast? Secretly co-0pted or smartly conservative? You make the call.

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Quotations About Genius, Creativity, and Hard Work

quotations about genius are presented herein April 24th, 2017

As a follow-up to this post about Einstein, this blog will explore the nature of the brightest bulbs history has known – and there will be a number of quotations about genius, creativity, and hard work in the end. Questions that have intrigued humans for millennia include: What is the nature of genius? Is it just about I.Q.? How important is hard work? Can anyone be creative? Are the brains of very intelligent and insightful people different than those possessed by the rest of us? Let’s explore!

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