Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’


Soy la cascada.

by adminadam in poetry

soy la cascada.
soy la gota de agua cayendo.
soy todo: el principio, sí
y la conclusión también.

soy la muerte y la vida.
no tengo fin; continúo.
siempre he estado aquí.
y aunque no me veas,
todavía estoy.

soy la cascada,
dando saltos mortales hasta el desenlace
del universo.


Curious: The Muqaddimah

by adminadam in links

I am very curious about this book. I have just learned about Ibn Khaldun through wikipedia and he is perhaps best known for this and the series it is part of. Seems it is probably the first attempt at a Philosophy of History. It also recounts much of the history of the Middle East and delves into many fields, like economics, sociology, and religion. If you want to preview or read it online, please click on the cover photo.

The Muqaddimah - An Introduction to History - Ibn Khaldun

I will of course post a review and continue to add quotes to my quotes page as I get into it.
(At this point I have yet to order it, but hope to very soon!)
— 84adam, Mar. 3, 2013


Not-so-common Nietzsche Quotes

by adminadam in quotes

  1. One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
  2. There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
  3. On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
  4. When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets.
  5. Glance into the world just as though time were gone and everything crooked will become straight to you.
  6. What is the mark of liberation? No longer being ashamed in front of oneself.
  7. And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
  8. In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
  9. The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
  10. People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.
  11. All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
  12. There are no facts, only interpretations.
  13. It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
  14. Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
  15. Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.

Alan Watts on Nothingness

by adminadam in education, quotes, videos

  • Sleep, passivity, rest — these are all things which are neglected due to a fear of Nothingness.
  • Nothing is more fertile than Emptiness.
  • It’s not ‘You can’t have Something for Nothing’, it’s ‘You can’t have Something without Nothing’.
  • That which is void is precisely Form. And that which is form is precisely Void.

Wu-Wei @ 8%

by adminadam in articles

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eisley

Water is a metaphor for both power and humility, bending around obstacles, seeking the path of least resistance. Water always seeks to lower itself below all else, flowing downhill to appease gravity. It this way it gains power from humility. Water is thus the prime example of wu-wei in nature.

The best human equivalent of this is a person that acts along the path of least resistance, applying wu-wei, not forcing his or her will upon the world. We as individuals can also draw great power from humility by training our minds and bodies.

When I tried Aikido my second year of college, I could see the power in moving with the forces of the universe, instead of pushing against them. Here we see Steven Seagal applying the wu-wei type principles inherent in Aikido to subdue his multiple attackers. To me his demonstration of non-doing is very effective.

Quotes by Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido:

“If your opponent tries to pull you, let him pull. Don’t pull against him; pull in unison with him.”

“Though surrounded by many enemies, view them as a single foe and so fight on.”

Quotes by Alan Watts on Water & Wu-Wei:

“Wu-wei is the lifestyle of a person who follows the Tao and should be understood first of all as a form of intelligence — that of being aware of the principles, structures and tendencies of the human activity and of the natural phenomena so well that you could use a minimum amount of energy when you have to deal with them.”

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”


Wu-Wei @ 5%

by adminadam in home, prose, quotes

The Way that can be experienced is not true;
The world that can be constructed is not real.
The Way manifests all that happens and may happen;
The world represents all that exists and may exist.

To experience without abstraction is to sense the world;
To experience with abstraction is to know the world.
These two experiences are indistinguishable;
Their construction differs but their effect is the same.

Beyond the gate of experience flows the Way,
Which is ever greater and more subtle than the world.


Wu-Wei @ 4%

by adminadam in art, home, quotes

Without going out of your door, you can know the ways of the world. Without peeping through your window, you can see the Way of Heaven. The farther you go, the less you know. Thus, the Sage knows without traveling, sees without looking, and achieves without struggle. — Lao Tse


Benjamin F. & Siddhārtha G.

by adminadam in home, quotes

( Individually )

If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy reading,
Or do things worth the writing.

( Equitably )

The constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.
You have to catch it yourself.

~ Benjamin Franklin ~

( Absolutely )

He is able who thinks he is able.

( Increasingly )

A jug fills drop by drop.

~ Siddhārtha Gautama ~