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82 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Heraclitus, The Weeping Philosopher

Famous As: Ancient Greek Philosopher
Born On: 535 BC
Died On: 475 BC
Born In: Ephesus, Turkey
Died At Age: 60
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.

Time is a game played beautifully by children.

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No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

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Even a soul submerged in sleep 
is hard at work and helps 
make something of the world.

Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.

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The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -

The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -

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To be evenminded 
is the greatest virtue.
Wisdom is to speak
the truth and act
in keeping with its nature.

To be evenminded is the greatest virtue. Wisdom is to speak the truth and act in keeping with its nature.

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Nothing endures but change.

Nothing endures but change.

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Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing for the known way is an impasse.

Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing for the known way is an impasse.

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Much learning does not teach understanding.

Much learning does not teach understanding.

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Man's character is his fate.

Man's character is his fate.

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Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things.

Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things.

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We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play.

We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play.

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How can you hide from what never goes away?

How can you hide from what never goes away?

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It is in changing that we find purpose.

It is in changing that we find purpose.

Heraclitus
Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.

Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.

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People ought to fight 
to keep their law 
as to defend the citys walls.

People ought to fight to keep their law as to defend the citys walls.

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The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony.

The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony.

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Character is destiny

Character is destiny

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The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.

The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.

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Silence, healing.

Silence, healing.

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The sun is new each day.

The sun is new each day.

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Those who love wisdom must investigate many things

Those who love wisdom must investigate many things

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Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive.

Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive.

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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.

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.

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The awake share a common world, but the asleep turn aside into private worlds.

The awake share a common world, but the asleep turn aside into private worlds.

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What was scattered
gathers.
What was gathered
blows away.

What was scattered gathers. What was gathered blows away.

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It ever was, and is, and shall be, ever-living fire, in measures being kindled and in measures going out.

It ever was, and is, and shall be, ever-living fire, in measures being kindled and in measures going out.

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Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.

Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.

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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

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

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All things come into being by conflict of opposites.

All things come into being by conflict of opposites.

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Πάντα ῥεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει.

(Everything changes, and no thing abides.)

Πάντα ῥεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει. (Everything changes, and no thing abides.)

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Without injustices,
the name of justice
would mean what?

Without injustices, the name of justice would mean what?

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Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.

Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.

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The waking have one world in common; sleepers have each a private world of his own.

The waking have one world in common; sleepers have each a private world of his own.

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The poet was a fool
who wanted no conflict
among us, gods
or people.
Harmony needs 
low and high,
as progeny needs
man and woman.

The poet was a fool who wanted no conflict among us, gods or people. Harmony needs low and high, as progeny needs man and woman.

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What are men? Mortal gods. 
What are gods? Immortal men.

What are men? Mortal gods. What are gods? Immortal men.

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The sun is the width of a human foot.

The sun is the width of a human foot.

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Ethos anthropoi daimon--a man's character is his fate.

Ethos anthropoi daimon--a man's character is his fate.

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If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out and difficult.

If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out and difficult.

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The road up and the road down is one and the same.
(ὁδὸς ἄνω κάτω μία καὶ ὡυτή)
—Fragment 60

The road up and the road down is one and the same. (ὁδὸς ἄνω κάτω μία καὶ ὡυτή) —Fragment 60

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The people must fight on behalf of the law as though for the city wall.

The people must fight on behalf of the law as though for the city wall.

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Everything flows, nothing stands still.

Everything flows, nothing stands still." Heraclitus, 501 B.C.

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Time is a child playing with droughts. The lordship is to the child.

Time is a child playing with droughts. The lordship is to the child.

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The Aeon is a child at play with colored balls.

(translation/paraphrase: Terence McKenna)

The Aeon is a child at play with colored balls. (translation/paraphrase: Terence McKenna)

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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.

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.

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Stupidity is doomed,
therefore, to cringe
at every syllable
of wisdom.

Stupidity is doomed, therefore, to cringe at every syllable of wisdom.

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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.

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.

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It is not appropriate to act and speak like men asleep.

It is not appropriate to act and speak like men asleep.

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Dog bark at what they don't understand.

Dog bark at what they don't understand.

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Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions.

Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions.

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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

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You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.

You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.

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Give me one man
from among ten thousand
if he is the best

Give me one man from among ten thousand if he is the best

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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.

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.

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Realize that war is common and justice is strife, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife.

Realize that war is common and justice is strife, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife.

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No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river, and it's not the same man.

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river, and it's not the same man.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Many who have learned
from Hesiod the countless names
of gods and monsters
never understand
that night and day are one

Many who have learned from Hesiod the countless names of gods and monsters never understand that night and day are one

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Tis not too late to seek a newer world

Tis not too late to seek a newer world

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Applicants for wisdom
do what I have done:
inquire within

Applicants for wisdom do what I have done: inquire within

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Any day stands 
equal to the rest.

Any day stands equal to the rest.

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History is a child building a sandcastle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.

History is a child building a sandcastle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.

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To God all things are fair and good and right, but men hold some things wrong and some right.

To God all things are fair and good and right, but men hold some things wrong and some right.

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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.

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.

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A fool is excited by every word.

A fool is excited by every word.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Eyes and ears are bad witnesses to men having barbarian souls.

Eyes and ears are bad witnesses to men having barbarian souls.

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Traveling on every path, you will not find the boundaries of soul by going; so deep is its measure.

Traveling on every path, you will not find the boundaries of soul by going; so deep is its measure.

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Everything flows and nothing stays.

Everything flows and nothing stays.

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Ἐδιζησάμην ἐμεωυτόν: I searched myself.

Ἐδιζησάμην ἐμεωυτόν: I searched myself.

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A man's character is his fate.

A man's character is his fate.

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There is nothing permanent except change--

There is nothing permanent except change--

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One thunderbolt strikes
root through everything

One thunderbolt strikes root through everything

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The soul is undiscovered
though explored forever
to a depth beyond report.

The soul is undiscovered though explored forever to a depth beyond report.

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Time is a child playing a game of draughts; the kingship is in the hands of a child.

Time is a child playing a game of draughts; the kingship is in the hands of a child.

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Aion is a child at play, playing draughts; the kingship is a child's.

Aion is a child at play, playing draughts; the kingship is a child's.

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We must realize that war is universal and strife is justice, and that all things come into the world and pass away through strife.

We must realize that war is universal and strife is justice, and that all things come into the world and pass away through strife.

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It is necessary to understand that war is common, strife is customary, and all things happen because of strife and necessity.

It is necessary to understand that war is common, strife is customary, and all things happen because of strife and necessity.

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Eternity is like a child playing at draughts; the kingdom belongs to a child.

Eternity is like a child playing at draughts; the kingdom belongs to a child.

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Change alone is unchanging.

Change alone is unchanging.

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