"Whoever holds a shinai is a friend of mine." --Rod Nobuto Omoto

"Don't anticipate. Be cool." --Rod Nobuto Omoto

"In Kendo, you have to be wide awake." --Rod Nobuto Omoto

"The unexamined life is not worth living." --Socrates

"Never confuse motion with action." --Benjamin Franklin

"Three things in human life are important. The First is to be kind. The Second is to be kind. And the Third is to be kind." --Henry James

"It is only with the heart that one can see; what is essential is invisible to the eye." --The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" --John Maynard Keynes

"We should be indifferent to good and evil, but, when we are indifferent, that is to say when we project the light of our attention equally on both, the good gains the day." --Simone Weil on "Attention and Will," Gravity and Grace

"Shall I show you the muscular training of a philosopher? A will undisappointed, evils avoided, powers daily exercised, careful resolutions, unerring decisions." --Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." --Socrates

"All is flux, nothing stays still... You could not step twice into the same river, for other waters are ever flowing on to you." --Heraclitus

"Nature has had regard in everything no less to the end than to the beginning and the continuance, just like the man who throws up a ball. What good is it then for the ball to be thrown up, or harm for it to come down, or even to have fallen?" --Marcus Aurelius

"Any one thing in the creation is sufficient to demonstrate a Providence to a humble and grateful mind." --Epictetus

"Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, Time stays, we go..." --Henry Austin Dobson

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy." --Benjamin Franklin

"The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall." --Thomas Paine

"I am a citizen of the world; the world is my village." --Thomas Paine

"Question with boldness even the existance of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." -- Thomas Jefferson

"There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity." --Douglas MacArthur

"Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but at the same time, as polished as your sword." --Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)

"The crucial thing in my lectures on the Presocratics is that I begin neither with Thales nor with Homer, nor do I begin with the Greek language in the second century before Christ; I begin instead with Plato and Aristotle. This, in my judgment, is the sole philosophical access to an interpretation of the Presocratics. Everything else is historicism without philosophy." --Hans-Georg Gadamer

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." --Aristotle

"Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. Life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges. The basic difference between an ordinary person and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary person takes everything either as a blessing or as a curse." --Carlos Castaneda

"All of us, whether or not we are warriors, have a cubic centimeter of chance that pops out from time to time. The difference between an average person and a warrior is awareness of this, and one of the tasks is to be alert, deliberately waiting, so that when the cubic centimeter pops out he or she has the necessary speed and prowess to pick it up." --Carlos Castaneda

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." --George Santayana

"When Honor's sun declines and Wealth takes wings, Then Learning shines, the best of precious things." --Edward Crocker

"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." --A. A. Milne

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" -- Albert Einstein

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." -- Albert Einstein

"The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." -- Albert Einstein

"Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe - a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble." -- Albert Einstein

"A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man." -- Albert Einstein

"I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics." -- Richard Feynman

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." --Mother Teresa

"Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind." -- Henri Frederic Amiel

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Our works fail us but the love with which we do them is eternally written in the heart of God." --Abbot Gerald Columban Hawkins OCSO

"Amid the ruins of a falling age, our spirit remains erect." --Cyprian

"Nothing to fear in God. Nothing to feel in Death. Good can be attained. Evil can be endured." --Diogenes of Oenoanda

"I think the Eureka moment is a bit of a myth. I think when you have a lot of jumbled up ideas they come together slowly over a period of several years." -- Sir Tim Berners-Lee

"I think I would say that the universe has a purpose, it's not somehow just there by chance ... some people, I think, take the view that the universe is just there and it runs along -- it's a bit like it just sort of computes, and we happen somehow by accident to find ourselves in this thing. But I don't think that's a very fruitful or helpful way of looking at the universe, I think that there is something much deeper about it." --Sir Roger Penrose

"Duty arises from our potential control over the course of events. Where attainable knowledge could have changed this issue, ignorance has the guilt of vice. And the foundation of reverence is this perception, that the present holds within itself the complete sum of existence, backwards and forwards, that whole amplitude of time which is eternity." --Alfred North Whitehead

American Philosophical Association

La Filosofia e i suoi Eroi

Noesis Philosophical Research On-Line

the old Hippias Search Engine for Philosophy, and Guide to Philosophy on the Internet


Hans-Georg Gadamer

Ein Meister des Verstehens

born February 11, 1900 Marburg an der Lahn

died evening of March 13, 2002 in Heidelberg where he fell asleep while talking with students; after a few moments it was marked that he was no longer breathing; until then his consciousness was clear and lucid

Hans-Georg Gadamer - Richard E. Palmer (MacMurray College) page

"How Hans-Georg Gadamer offers openings to a postmodern perspective," essay by Richard E. Palmer

Hans-Georg Gadamer - a few links

Martin Heidegger


born Messkirch, Baden, September 22, 1889

died Messkirch, Baden, May 26, 1976

Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger at Philosophy Pages


philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer

born ca. 370 C.E., Alexandria

died March 415 C.E., beaten to death, body mutilated and burned by fanatic Christian monks, Alexandria

daughter of Theon, last curator of the Museum and Library of Alexandria

Hypatia of Alexandria

The Life of Hypatia of Alexandria

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

St. Andrews University site on Hypatia of Alexandria

Agnes Scott College site on Hypatia of Alexandria

University of California San Diego site on Hypatia of Alexandria

Hypatia Trust


Albert Einstein

b. March 14, 1879, Ulm, Germany - d. April 18, 1955, Princeton, New Jersey

Albert Einstein


Benjamin Franklin

b. 1706, Boston - d. 1790, Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin


George Santayana


Lucius Annaeus Seneca [the Younger], circa 3 B.C.-A.D. 65

Amy Chua

Tim Berners-Lee

Joseph Campbell

Hans Dehmelt

Julian Edgoose philosopher of education

Buckminster Fuller

Bob Green programmer

Ham Sok Hon

Thomas Jefferson

Robert Kirshner astrophysicist

Peter J. Kreeft philosopher

-- Peter J. Kreeft vitae

Carolyn Lau

Nakamura Tempu philosopher / kenshi / yogin

Dave Nevins philosopher / musician / life affirmer

Linus Pauling two-time Nobel Laureate philosopher / biochemist / peace activist / life affirmer

Roger Summit responsible for design and development in 1966 of the world's first large-scale computer-based interactive information retrieval system

Ray Tomlinson sent the first email November-December-ish 1971

Inner Voyaging

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Philosophy Around the Web

Seattle University's GREAT Philosophy Page

Lisa Randall

Carl Rovainen

David Skover philosopher/opera star/Constitutional scholar/defender of free discourse/professor of law

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Sun Tzu

University of Chicago Philosophy Project

University of Oregon Department of Philosophy

University of Washington Department of Philosophy

University of Washington Libraries Philosophy Resources

Tom Bolling's home page