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:Read More
May 26th, 2017
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).Read More
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!Read More
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.
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.
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.
May 14th, 2017
What is the nature of human nature? Are humans bad, good, helpful, selfish, loving, dangerous, creative, self-destructive, evolving, devolving, satiable, insatiable, visionary, myopic, cruel, or cursed? Are we full of potential or destined for self-destruction? One thing is for sure – we have been thinking about, writing about, fighting against, and enjoying the fruits of human nature for ages. I just watched a movie that made me wonder, and yet Euripides was scratching his thoughts onto parchment 2,400 years ago. Here are some quotes on human nature to help you formulate some potential answers to this thorny question.Read More
May 8th, 2017
With all the problems in the world, most astute observers would agree: we need a revolution in wisdom – and quick! Wisdom can create a sea-change in our attitudes, values, daily activities, overall goals, and indeed the entire trajectory of our homes, communities, institutions, nation, and world. Knowledge and wisdom are fairly complex concepts; the advantage Values of the Wise offers you is that it is explored from many different angles and through the eyes of many unique thinkers, past and present. In this blog, Jason Merchey interviews two experts on knowledge and wisdom: Copthorne Macdonald and Nicholas Maxwell, Ph.D.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More