Sage Advice

Sage Advice:

The Lives and Maxims of Some of History’s Wisest People

What If You Could Acquire Four Thousand Years of Wisdom in One Book?

Eighteen wise leaders...

Four millennia...

Spanning the entire globe.

In Sage Advice, you will examine the lives and maxims of eighteen sages selected for their unique contributions to human thinking. You’ll find a short thought-provoking biography of each, followed by quotes from their carefully collated texts that address timeless topics like patience, wisdom, making mistakes, and leadership, among others.

Many reject the world’s great religious figures, philosophical traditions, and secular heroes due to their perceived flaws. But we needn’t blindly embrace religious or cultural dogma to learn from history’s luminaries. We can still find wisdom and discover timeless truths by studying some of the great thinkers and achievers who have helped shape the world.


Who Are the Sages?

  • Ptah-Hotep
  • Confucius
  • Buddha
  • Aristotle
  • Seneca
  • Jesus
  • Marcus Aurelius
  • Muhammad
  • Zhu Xi
  • Elizabeth I
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • George Washington
  • Catherine the Great
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • George Washington Carver
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Winston Churchill

As an introduction to classical thought and world history, Sage Advice provides an accessible entry point to learn about your own and many other religious, philosophical, and historical traditions.

Richard K. Borden has curated a well-rounded body of wisdom for the ages.

Never before have these individuals been examined and these ideals highlighted in this manner.

Grab a beverage and head to your favorite reading spot for a dose of knowledge that reaches through time and space from some of the greatest leaders of our world.


The Lives of the Sages

Includes short biographies intended to highlight each person’s major achievements and broadly illustrate their special character. 


A maxim is a short statement of a fundamental principle, truth, or rule for living. The wisdom of these eighteen sages is captured in over eight hundred of their maxims grouped into roughly seventy themes.

Sage Advice Book


Richard K. Borden is an environmental geologist and senior manager with thirty-five years of experience in the mining and consulting industries. He is also an engaged husband, father, and citizen. His work has taken him from remote field camps scattered across six continents to corporate boardrooms and the Halls of Congress. Throughout his life he has been fascinated by the world’s diverse ethical, spiritual, and historical traditions and the wisdom that they can provide.

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