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A collection of quotes and sayings by Heraclitus on warrior, books, change, Greek, art, thoughts, knowing, river, fire, twice, man, patience, change, result and character.

82 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Heraclitus, The Weeping Philosopher

Quick Facts

Famous As: Philosopher

Born On: 535 BC

Died On: 475 BC

Born In: Ephesus

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.

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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.

Heraclitus

Nothing endures but change.

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

Much learning does not teach understanding.

Heraclitus

Man's character is his fate.

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

How can you hide from what never goes away?

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

It is in changing that we find purpose.

Heraclitus

Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

Character is destiny

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

Silence, healing.

Heraclitus

The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.

Heraclitus

The sun is new each day.

Heraclitus

Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive.

Heraclitus

Those who love wisdom must investigate many things

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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.

Heraclitus

What was scattered gathers. What was gathered blows away.

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

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All things come into being by conflict of opposites.

Heraclitus

Without injustices, the name of justice would mean what?

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

Heraclitus

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.

Heraclitus

The sun is the width of a human foot.

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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.

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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.

Heraclitus

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.

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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

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Any day stands equal to the rest.

Heraclitus

Dog bark at what they don't understand.

Heraclitus

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.

Heraclitus

Tis not too late to seek a newer world

Heraclitus

Applicants for wisdom do what I have done: inquire within

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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.

Heraclitus

Everything flows and nothing stays.

Heraclitus

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

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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.

Heraclitus

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.

Heraclitus

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

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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.

Heraclitus

A man's character is his fate.

Heraclitus

There is nothing permanent except change--

Heraclitus

One thunderbolt strikes root through everything

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

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

Heraclitus

Ἐδιζησάμην ἐμεωυτόν: I searched myself.

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Change alone is unchanging.

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