• Make Wisdom Your Greatest Strength!

    What do Shakespeare, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Buddha have in common? The values of the wise. The values they aspired to, lived for, and died for are those that wise individuals pursue and take interest in. Quotations about values, as well as remarkable proverbs and poetry are wonderful ways to learn about the virtues of these and many other great spirits and powerful leaders.

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    The Important Function of Values

    Values of the Wise has over 30,000 quotes about wisdom and values that represent ancient wisdom and progressive thinking brought to life. But more than just a listing of quotations, 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?

    Discover more about your values and determine what ethics and morality mean to you.

    Learn more about your values HERE and your moral beliefs HERE.


“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

  • “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

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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


“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 and co-author of: True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do

  • 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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