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"Exotic Couplings"

A Sampler of Unusual Quotations
from the new book

Timeless Wisdom to Inspire and Empower Us

by Jason A. Merchey

March 2005 - Little Moose Press


The excerpt below is from a new collection of quotations entitled Building a Life of Value: Timeless Wisdom to Inspire and Empower Us. Selected by philosopher Jason Merchey, this multicultural compendium belongs on every writer's reference shelf -- just to the left of Bartlett's.

The excerpt contains a sampler of exotic couplings found together in the book:

  • Albert Einstein & Annie Lennox on altruism
  • Al Franken & Abe Lincoln on honesty
  • Lyndon Johnson & Lucinda Williams on self-image
  • Friedrich Nietzsche & Goldie Hawn on strength
  • Howard Zinn & Ben Franklin on war
  • Ayn Rand & Allen Ginsburg on survival

Building a Life of Value is a diverse collection of unforgettable lines. Half the entries are by women, with contributions from poets, politicians, and philosophers the world over. It is an ideal gift for high school or college graduates, whether they continue in school or pursue careers in politics, business, or religion.

More information about the book, Building a Life of Value, and author Jason Merchey follows the excerpt. Enjoy!

Exotic Couplings

A Sampler of Unusual Quotations
by Jason A. Merchey

Each of the following pairs of quotations appears on the same page spread in the book.


"Look into the future and consider the consequences. Think about the real advantage to yourself, then wonder about the impact on others and how that might reflect back on your life. Imagine how you might righteously defend your position."
-- Ben Franklin

"Whatever in the past has been the moral justification for violence -- whether defense against attack, or the overthrow of tyranny -- must now be accomplished by other means. It is the monumental moral and tactical challenge of our time. It will make the greatest demands on our ingenuity, our courage, our patience, and our willingness to renounce old habits -- but it must be done."
-- Howard Zinn


"The only thing that can save this world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does."
-- Allen Ginsburg

"Reason is man's primary tool for survival."
-- Ayn Rand


"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in."
-- Abe Lincoln

"Liberals don't hate America. We love America more than Ann Coulter does. I love it enough to engage my readers honestly."
-- Al Franken


"The strong man condemned by society for doing what his nature demands will suffer from guilt and self-hatred, and may well be turned into a criminal."
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

"I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile. Human kindness can turn armaments into armistice."
-- Goldie Hawn


"It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service."
-- Albert Einstein

"Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world."
-- Annie Lennox


"While you're saving face you're losing your ass."
-- Lyndon Johnson

"It's so hard to find... people who crave intellectualism but also know how to have a good time. My fantasy man has always bee a poet on a motorcycle."
-- Lucinda Williams

About the Author

Jason Merchey, philosophical thinker, author, speaker, and coaching consultant, was born in Los Angeles and raised in southern California.

Though an excellent student and precocious child, Jason was deeply affected by his parents' divorce, which plunged him into an emotional and intellectual hibernation. It was not until college, when he stumbled across the great thinkers, that Jason came awake to his life and his purpose. Only then did he begin to flourish, as he discovered his passion for philosophy and its ability to guide him through difficult times. In Jason's words, "Socrates saved me."

Reenergized, Jason graduated with highest honors and then earned a master's degree in psychology. He moved to San Diego, where he has since been studying and practicing psychotherapy and family therapy.

Jason has always been intrigued by philosophical and existential thought and ethics. His affinity for language, combined with strong, progressive, humanistic interests, inspired him to research, collect, and catalogue quotations from thousands of the world's greatest thinkers. He is dedicated to inspiring and helping people create "a life of value" by bringing timeless wisdom to life. Through his books, lectures, and seminars, Jason offers individuals and groups ideas and methods for experiencing broader and deeper levels of thinking, and for creating greater awareness and fulfillment by discovering their own values.

"I developed Values Of The Wise to focus on the urgent need for our civilization to take a quantum leap forward in social consciousness by progressively applying values first to every aspect of our lives."

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