Personal Growth

Personal Growth


Altruism Quotes: Help Others, Help Yourself!

altruism quotes June 8th, 2017

You’re passing a homeless person; they look haggard and hungry and tired; you are doing okay in life. What do you do – pass by without making eye contact, make eye contact and keep walking, or stop and give some time or money. Enter altruism quotes! These brief little nuggets of wisdom can facilitate reaching down and pulling out some love, compassion, care, and magnanimity. Sure, one doesn’t want to be a “sucker” and get pulled in by all kinds of money-making schemes, but erring on the side of charitableness and concern for one’s fellow human being is almost never “foolish.” In other cases, altruism quotes would urge one to stop the car when you see a person in distress, trying to get that dog picked up off the streets, or even wading in a flood to help a stranded individual. Whether we are believers in God or self-confident skeptics, altruism quotes can help us to live a life that we can be proud of when the day is done. Here are some favorites:

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Books on Values: Building a Life of Value

one of the best books on values June 3rd, 2017

Values of the Wise has three wonderful, insightful books on values that range from $8 to $20. They primarily use quotations to evoke wisdom and inspiration. They are organized by value: in other words, the chapter on Truth & Justice features an introductory essay, eighteen pages of some of the best and most unique quotations on the subjects, and then a closing essay. The book is very accessible because you can flip to any page and start reading; there is no need to start at the beginning and read it like a novel. One doesn’t wear all of one’s jewelry (or clothes) every single day, and the same is true for the wisdom present in this book that Diane Zehr, Pastor of Florence Christian Church in Florence, KY describes with the following words:

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Frederick Douglass Quotes: Master of His Fate

Frederick Douglass Quotes June 2nd, 2017

Daniel L. Katz, in the interesting book Why Freedom Matters, quotes the letter escaped slave and then-abolitionist Frederick Douglass wrote to his former master, Thomas Auld. He writes: “For audacious correspondence, it’s hard to beat Frederick Douglass’ (1815-1895) letter to his former master.” He ain’t lyin’! This is one of the most interesting things I have ever read. If you are interested in rare or unique Frederick Douglass quotes, you’ve come to the right place. Think about it: a slave endures the full measure of cruelty that was the custom of the upper class in the South for hundreds of years, then bravely escapes, makes his way north, evades capture, learns to read, marries, has four children, becomes a great writer, and grows into one of the most famous and eloquent and forceful abolitionists.

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Dedication Quotes: Keep on Keepin’ On!

dedication quotes can inspire May 31st, 2017

Many compelling proverbs and quotes about dedication have made it through the centuries. In fact, as human beings persevere, try new solutions to old problems, and just try to get by in a challenging world, dedication quotes can help us to “keep on keepin’ on.” If you need a little push to keep your axe to the wheel, as it were, look no further than Values of the Wise’s Wisdom Archive. Twenty-five thousand quotations strong, thirteen years in the making, and from fiercely diverse and unique sources, you can’t do any better. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, some motivation, or insight, dedication quotes are useful and inspiring. Fitness, work, love, and child-rearing are typical areas of life where one needs to apply the values of dedication, stick-to-itiveness, perseverance, endurance, and commitment.

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Responsibility Quotes: Stand Up Tall!

responsibility quotes May 28th, 2017

Responsibility is one of the values that wise persons respect and try to embody. It feels kind of like a duty, a point of honor, a “grown-up” thing to do to exercise responsibility as we walk through life. It’s not always easy to “keep your axe to the wheel” and take care of business. Responsibility quotes can be helpful though, because they can provide insight and inspiration for doing the right thing, getting things done, and behaving in a manner that your mom would be proud of! Here are a few thoughts on the subject, followed by an array of responsibility quotes and proverbs by a diverse grouping of individuals from various times and cultures. 

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Risk: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Risk can be taken too far May 26th, 2017

The following quotations are about risk. Indeed, willingness to risk is one of the values of the wise: the values which wise persons seek to cultivate within themselves and aspire to. You may have heard the oft-quoted dictum, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” It indicates that risk, if calculated and taken with a full measure of responsibility, can be a wise move because the payoff is greater than to always “play it safe.” One of the best quotations on risk comes from Grace Hopper: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” It’s a fierce elevation of trying hard, asking that woman out, trying to get the raise you’ve been earning, and going ahead with chemotherapy. “Fortune favors the bold,” Terence said centuries ago. But don’t go too far, or be foolhardy. Aristotle taught that virtue lies between two extremes: for example, courage is wise but cowardice is not – and neither is rashness or foolhardiness. The boldly courageous philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche astutely summed this angle up with this classic quote on risk:

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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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“Integration is Fitting the Pieces into a Whole”

integration is fitting the pieces into a whole May 22nd, 2017

Integration is fitting the pieces into a whole. In this poem, I write about the challenges, benefits, and results of group psychotherapy.

The somewhat shallow life I lead, albeit pleasant,
Seems more meaningless and dull from their point of view.  
But Monday nights are marked by camaraderie and challenge;
The process turns my pastel existence to a more vibrant hue.

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“The Courage to Feel”

the courage to feel May 17th, 2017

This is a sad, almost pitiful, paen about hurt, loss, and loneliness, but also the courage to feel, and perhaps, heal. An exemplary stanza is:

This is all true my friend.
I too have been hurt, and I am still reeling;
The world can hurt like that.
But don’t let it make you lose your feeling.

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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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