Quote Database: Learn About Values & Wisdom

August 27th, 2018

ValuesoftheWise.com has had a quote search engine in place since 2004, and it is called The Wisdom Archive. Here is a sampling of some of the quotes about values and wisdom quotes you will find, for free, and ad-free. Often words like “broad”, “deep”, “amazing”, “intriguing” and “easy to search” come up when folks comment on the collection of quotations from famous and not-so-famous individuals. Here is a glimpse: 

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Modern Liberalism & Progressive Principles

progressive principles August 11th, 2018

I have been watching and rooting for liberalism and progressivism for decades now. One person who has been doing it for a lot longer, who is educated a lot further, and who boasts a significantly better employment history is the historian, journalist, author, professor, and Nation columnist, Eric Alterman. One could hardly do better if one wanted to get the gist of liberalism, progressive economics/politics, progressive principles, and a fair characterization of “liberals” than to read Alterman. In this blog, I share some of the wisdom that packs his readable book Why We’re Liberals. Here is an example of the truthful and justified case he makes for by liberalism and progressive principles are legitimate and laudable:

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Wisdom Quotes by Author Stephen S. Hall

wisdom August 6th, 2018

This blog is third in a series of three blogs which feature wisdom quotes and words of wisdom from the very capable author of Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience, Stephen S. Hall. He is a science writer for magazines like TNew York Magazine and Scientific American. In this dense yet fascinating book, Hall gives the reader a look into the origin, nature, and scientific findings about wisdom. It is an integrative and enlightening book. I researched it thoroughly, and pulled out many of the best and most succinct wisdom quotes it has to offer. As a proponent of the research ideal, philosophical thinker, and voracious reader, I found the book quite entertaining.

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Five Potentially Life-Changing Quotes

life-changing quotes July 30th, 2018

There are hundreds and hundreds of potentially life-changing quotes out there, and this blog is an attempt to bring just five to the fore for your consideration. Sit back, relax, slow it down, and let these enter your mind, and your heart. They are, as I believe, potentially life-changing quotes because they have the potential to provide a breath of fresh air in our busy, crowded, frustrating, isolating, difficult, money-centered society. These thoughts by some great thinkers from the past and present have the potential to wake us up, elicit great insight and enthusiasm, and help us integrate the often-separated and truncated parts of ourselves. 

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Master of Maxims: Michel de Montaigne Quotes

Montaigne quotes July 26th, 2018

Some Montaigne quotes, such as the following, are abstruse and unwieldy: “Difficulty is a coin which the learned conjure with so as not to reveal the vanity of their studies and which human stupidity is keen to accept in payment.” Other Montaigne quotes are as accessible, substantive, and as beautiful as a ripe peach: “It is only a fool who never suspects he could be foolishly mistaken.” His study of “the ancients” as well as his own works place quotations in their proper place: upon high.  This blog is a compilation of some of the pithiest and profoundest Montaigne quotes humanity is in possession of. Thank God. Or Apollo. Or our lucky stars.

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Words of Wisdom from Confucius Through Today

words of wisdom July 25th, 2018

Stephen S. Hall wrote a wonderful tour of the halls of wisdom in his book Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience. As a fan of both philosophy and neuroscience, I found it quite readable. In it are hundreds of wonderful words of wisdom, hallmark ideas from Confucius on down to today, and interesting findings from psychologists who study the brain using the latest techniques such as PET scans. Blending ancient and old philosophy with modern science is a great angle, and in doing so we find pithy thoughts such as this one by venerated philosopher Immanuel Kant: “The narrow gate to wisdom lies in science.” As well, we can see from this insightful quote by Hall that modern psychological research is contributing to the age-old search for wisdom begun in earnest by Socrates and pursued to this day in philosophical circles:

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Twenty Quotations Which Illustrate Values

quotations which illustrate values June 27th, 2018

What is meant by the phrase values of the wise?  I admit, it isn’t as intuitive as a phrase such as the values held by wise people or even that which those who are wise find valuable. But that is what it is meant to convey. When I see a person who is careful, open, clever, developed, self-controlled, passionate, lighthearted, loving, and perceptive, I think: wise. Wisdom. This blog features twenty unique and incisive quotations which illustrate values. Not just any values: values of the wise.

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Quotes About Wisdom, Philosophy, & Neuroscience

quotes about wisdom June 15th, 2018

Stephen S. Hall put out a very complete and (to me) compelling book entitled Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience. In it, he does a fine job of laying out a history of the subject, some of the hallmarks of what it is and what it isn’t, and brings some scientific findings in to enlighten and broaden the view. In this blog, I share some information considered to be “reviews” and then include many quotes about wisdom from the book. These are little-known, broad, intelligible, useful quotations, so I hope you appreciate them and add them to your collection. Oh, and read the book!

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50 Random & Interesting Quotes About Values

interesting quotes about values May 28th, 2018

Values of the Wise features 30,000+ interesting quotes about values, and they keep coming! Every week I’m reading, discussing, learning, copying, recording, and the like. This ongoing effort is the fountainhead from which all these diverse and compelling quotations come.

What words describe the following interesting quotes about values and wisdom? Diverse. Unique. Little-known. Classic. Liberal. Trenchant. Controversial. Transcultural. Apt.

It is my hope that you will appreciate these challenging but interesting quotes about values, and use the quotations database I call The Wisdom Archive to customize your search for more!

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Quotes About Values and Wisdom in Full Color

quotes about values and wisdom April 27th, 2018

“Memes” are graphic images with a very small amount of text. You see them commonly on FB, and can be funny, trenchant, pithy, catchy, and evocative. I tend to make my memes with a bit more wording, and really consider them to represent values and wisdom. In the following blog, I show some of the memes I have made over the last year or two, and point out how the quotes about values and wisdom depicted can really be made scintillating and compelling when coupled with graphic imagery. Enjoy!

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