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.
Building a Life of Value
First in the Values of the Wise Series is the wonderful hardcover book, Building a Life of Value. More than just a book of quotations, Building a Life of Value 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. This is a wonderful gift for dads and grads and anyone who wants to learn more about values and live with more wisdom. This book is up there with any of the world’s finest inspirational books that grace bookshelves and coffee tables of persons who know what it means for something to have value.
Yes, it is a stand-out among the many inspirational books in the world, in part because of its depth. Consider this endorsement: “This book is a great resource for professional philosophers and all seekers of wisdom. The book contains a comprehensive and inspiring selection of quotations from great thinkers and cultural traditions, quotes which can be used to stimulate class discussion as well as one’s own thought process.” , Visiting Scholar in Philosophy and the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Brown University and author of Analyzing Moral Issues, Ethics for Life, as well as Perspectives in Ethics.
Here is a video in which Jason introduces you to the book.
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Here are a few of the quotations that you will find in Building a Life of Value – as well as 28 essays that help the reader see the perspective of why these books are about values and wisdom as much as they are about inspirational quotes:
- “It’s not the circumstances you come from; it’s the values you fight for.” ~ John F. Kerry
- “The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.” ~ Pearl S. Buck
- “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” ~ Nathan Hale
- “We humans have the capacity to change the world with acts of love and kindness. Let’s start by teaching our children the importance of compassion.” ~ Goldie Hawn
- “Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” ~ Helen Keller
- “The devil loves nothing more than intolerance of reformers.” ~ James Russell Lowell
- “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.” ~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer
- “If I should die, think this only of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England.” ~ Rupert Brooke
- “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but perseverance.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom
Next in the stable of inspirational books you will find the high-minded, philosophical 480-page look at values and ethics entitled Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom. This unique new book combines classic and incisive quotations with interesting interviews conducted by Jason Merchey. It aims to address big-picture topics such as values, virtues, ethics, and wisdom. The interviewees are learned, eloquent individuals who engage in questions and answers on the big questions of life. The goal is to encourage original and critical thinking about enlightenment, personal growth, progressivism, and more. The book extols the power of philosophy and of learning to make one’s life better—more interesting, more profitable, more livable, more meaningful. This impressive work covers many subtopics — from economics to politics, from philosophy to personal growth. Capitalism, liberty, character education, progressive politics, and integrity are but a few of the subtopics explored. “A great exploration of wisdom, virtue, and values for our day” says Tom Morris, Ph.D., Author of True Success, and If Aristotle Ran General Motors; former professor of philosophy at Notre Dame; and founder of the Morris Institute for Human Values.
Here is a video in which Jason tells the viewer all about this incredible written work (also an e-book).
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Here are a few of the quotations you will find in this most recent of the inspirational books produced by Values of the Wse:
- “The purpose for which a man lives is the improvement of the man himself, so that he may go out of this world having, in his great sphere or his small one, done some little good for his fellow creatures and labored a little to diminish the sin and sorrow that are in the world.” ~ W. E. Gladstone
- “Make your values mean something.” ~ Patrick Lencioni
- “Great doubt: great awakening. Little doubt: little awakening. No doubt: no awakening.” ~ Zen Buddhist proverb
- “Most of us live out our lives within a very narrow envelope of concerns. We worry about how to pay the mortgage, whether to buy a new car, what to cook for dinner. When we start to think philosophically, we take a step back and look at the wider picture. We start to examine what we have previously taken for granted.” ~ Stephen Law
- “Continue searching harder, deeper, faster, stronger and louder, knowing one day you’ll be called upon to use all that you’ve amassed in the process.” ~ Jodie Foster
- “People have criticized me for seeming to step out of my professional role to become undignifiedly political. I’d say it was belated realization that day care, good schools, health insurance, and nuclear disarmament are even more important aspects of pediatrics than measles vaccine or vitamin D.” ~ Benjamin Spock
- “There is an aspiration that binds us. It is the dream of justice for a beloved community. It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to develop his or her full potential.” ~ Paul Wellstone
- “Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character.” ~ Hosea Ballou
- “Integrity is the ability to discern what is right from what is wrong, acting on what you discern (even at personal cost)…. A person of integrity is true to his or her own principles and beliefs; he or she doesn’t say one thing and do another.” ~ Judith Barad
- “Are your opinions yours? I am talking about the idea that the majority might be wrong. To be virtuous involves not doing what everybody else does simply because they do it, since they might all be mistaken.” ~ Colin McGinn
Living a Life of Value
The largest and most collaborative work in the Values of the Wise Series is Living a Life of Value. It asks the question, “What Role Do Values Play in Your Life?” It takes the following perspective: Values contribute directly to the quality of one’s life – ends such as success, health, happiness, and legacy. When you pursue your own values passionately, your life has value – to you, as well as to the people and world around you. Living a life of value is about finding fulfillment doing what makes you feel good while doing good.
Living a Life of Value is an ambitious 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.
Living a Life of Value will provide a deeper and broader basis for what you believe, feel, and value. Its aim is to inspire wisdom – and therefore, to improve the world. It is a unique collection of contemporary writings that brings a fresh perspective to values, morality, and wisdom.
Freethinking independent scholar Michael Parenti, Ph.D., whose essay is one of 75 to appear in the book, says this: “While political hypocrites make their endless appeals about ‘family values’ and ‘godly values,’ Jason Merchey offers us a trove of genuine values drawn from many cultures and humane thinkers, in the best traditions of humanism and democracy.” Parenti is the author of twenty books, including: Superpatriotism; The Culture Struggle; Against Empire; Land of Idols; Make-Believe Media; Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies as well as Democracy for the Few. Here is his website.
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*Here are the contributors to this most significant of the inspirational books VOW has to offer:*
Progressives/Social Activists/Critical Thinkers:
Eric Alterman – Columnist for the Nation, media critic, author, professor
Ajamu Baraka – U.S. Human Rights Network
Howard Zinn – author, professor, civil rights pioneer, peace activist, progressive luminary
Noam Chomsky – arguably the most important social critic alive today
Michael Parenti – author of Superpatriotism and other critical works
Norman Solomon – nationally-renowned media critic and author
Mark Potok – from the Southern Poverty Law Center
Marcus Raskin – trustee at The Nation
Paul Wellstone – the late, great, populist Senator
Cultural Creatives/New-Age Thinkers
Paul H. Ray – of www.culturalcreatives.org
Duane Elgin – author of Voluntary Simplicity
Michael Toms – professor, author, interviewer and founder of New Dimensions Radio
Robert Fuller – author of Somebodies & Nobodies
Catherine Ryan Hyde – author of Pay it Forward
Katherine Martin – author of many anthologies about women who live by their values
Jessie O’Neill – of the Affluenza project
Robin Meyers – progressive Christian thinker
Samuel Oliner – professor and scholar of altruism and forgiveness
Jan Phillips – thought leader, photographer, and author
Kim Ridley – founder of Hope Magazine
Meg Wheatley – founder of the Berkana Institute
Nathaniel Branden – well-known for his writings on self-esteem and individualistic philosophy
Albert Ellis – arguably the greatest living psychologist and prolific author
David Wexler – author & relationship/domestic violence expert
Socially-Responsible/Progressive Business/Economics Advocates
Mallen Baker – socially responsible business advocate and politician
John Abrams – C.E.O. and author of The Company You Keep
Gar Alperovitz – author of America Beyond Capitalism and professor
Wendell Berry – poet, author and philosopher
David Callahan – author of The Cheating Culture and founder of the think tank Demos
Kevin Danaher – author, sociologist and founder of Global Exchange
Hazel Henderson – one of the founders of the socially-responsible investment field
Anita Roddick – social activist and founder of The Body Shop
Juliet Schor – sociologist, professor, and author focusing on consumerism and consumption
Stanley Westreich and Ruth Westreich – founders of the non-profit, The Westreich Foundation
Judith Barad – Author of The Ethics of Star Trek and professor
Peter Raabe – Author of many books on philosophical counseling
Peter Singer – arguably the most influential living philosopher
Paul Kurtz – leading humanistic and atheistic scholar
Nel Noddings – feminist philosopher, author and ethicist
Riane Eisler – attorney, feminist and author of The Chalice & the Blade
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