82 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Heraclitus, The Weeping Philosopher
Heraclitus was an eminent pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who was a native of the city of Ephesus which was then part of the Persian Empire. Not much is known about his early life and education except the fact that he was of distinguished parentage. He is considered a pioneer of wisdom and regarded himself as self-taught. He was popularly known as ‘The Obscure’. He was an independent thinker as he did not belong to any specific school of thought. He was an ardent believer of the changing nature of the universe and in the unity of opposites. We have made a corpus of some popular quotable quotes and thoughts by Heraclitus on winter, peace, boredom, control children, learning, understanding, harmony, happiness, ignorance, wine, endures, destiny, sacred, soul, universe, unchanging, professor, nature, violence, divinity, heart, wedding, justice, beautiful, couples, people, goals and more.
Time is a game played beautifully by children. No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. Even a soul submerged in sleep
is hard at work and helps
make something of the world. The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change - To be evenminded
is the greatest virtue.
Wisdom is to speak
the truth and act
in keeping with its nature. Nothing endures but change. Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing for the known way is an impasse. Much learning does not teach understanding. Man's character is his fate. Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things. How can you hide from what never goes away? We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play. It is in changing that we find purpose. Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise. People ought to fight
to keep their law
as to defend the citys walls. The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony. The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive. Those who love wisdom must investigate many things The awake share a common world, but the asleep turn aside into private worlds. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become. What was scattered
What was gathered
blows away. It ever was, and is, and shall be, ever-living fire, in measures being kindled and in measures going out. Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death. Πάντα ῥεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει.
(Everything changes, and no thing abides.) All things come into being by conflict of opposites. Without injustices,
the name of justice
would mean what? Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony. The waking have one world in common; sleepers have each a private world of his own. The poet was a fool
who wanted no conflict
among us, gods
low and high,
as progeny needs
man and woman. The sun is the width of a human foot. To get everything you want is not a good thing. Disease makes health seem sweet. Hunger leads to the appreciation of being full-fed. Tiredness creates the enjoyment of resting If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out and difficult. The road up and the road down is one and the same.
(ὁδὸς ἄνω κάτω μία καὶ ὡυτή)
—Fragment 60 Ethos anthropoi daimon--a man's character is his fate. The people must fight on behalf of the law as though for the city wall. What are men? Mortal gods.
What are gods? Immortal men. Men forget where the way leads and what they meet with every day seems strange to them.We should not act and speak like men asleep. It is not appropriate to act and speak like men asleep. Everything flows, nothing stands still."
Heraclitus, 501 B.C. Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. The Aeon is a child at play with colored balls.
(translation/paraphrase: Terence McKenna) Always having what we want
may not be the best good fortune
Health seems sweetest
after sickness, food
in hunger, goodness
in the wake of evil, and at the end
of daylong labor sleep. Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions. Time is a child playing with droughts. The lordship is to the child. You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on. Stupidity is doomed,
therefore, to cringe
at every syllable
of wisdom. Realize that war is common and justice is strife, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife. No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river, and it's not the same man. Other men are unaware of what they do when they are awake just as they are forgetful of what they do when they are asleep. Give me one man
from among ten thousand
if he is the best People do not know how what is at variance agrees with itself. It is an attunement of opposite tensions, like that of the bow and the lyre. Many who have learned
from Hesiod the countless names
of gods and monsters
that night and day are one Any day stands
equal to the rest. Dog bark at what they don't understand. It is necessary to take what is common as our guide; however, though this logic is universal, the many live as if each individual has his own private wisdom. Tis not too late to seek a newer world Applicants for wisdom
do what I have done:
inquire within History is a child building a sandcastle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world. Everything flows and nothing stays. To God all things are fair and good and right, but men hold some things wrong and some right. A fool is excited by every word. Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character. A drunk man, staggering and mindless, must be led home by his son, so wet is his psyche... Water brings death to the psyche, as earth brings death to water... The psyche lusts to be wet. Eyes and ears are bad witnesses to men having barbarian souls. Traveling on every path, you will not find the boundaries of soul by going; so deep is its measure. Fire lives in the death of earth, air lives in the death of fire, water lives in the death of air, and earth in the death of water. A man's character is his fate. There is nothing permanent except change-- One thunderbolt strikes
root through everything The soul is undiscovered
though explored forever
to a depth beyond report.
Time is a child playing a game of draughts; the kingship is in the hands of a child.
Aion is a child at play, playing draughts; the kingship is a child's.
We must realize that war is universal and strife is justice, and that all things come into the world and pass away through strife.
It is necessary to understand that war is common, strife is customary, and all things happen because of strife and necessity.
Eternity is like a child playing at draughts; the kingdom belongs to a child.
Ἐδιζησάμην ἐμεωυτόν: I searched myself. Change alone is unchanging.