Heraclitus Quotes

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Nothing endures but change.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Much learning does not teach understanding.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Man’s character is his fate.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

“We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing for the known way is an impasse.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

“How can you hide from what never goes away?”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeates all things.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Allow yourself to think only those thoughts that match your principles and can bear the bright light of day. Day by day, your choices, your thoughts, your actions fashion the person you become. Your integrity determines your destiny.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“It is in changing that we find purpose.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Character is destiny”
― Heraclitus

 

 

“The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“People ought to fight
to keep their law
as to defend the citys walls.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Those who love wisdom must investigate many things”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“The sun is new each day.”
― 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

 

 

 

“Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive.”
― Heraclitus, Fragments

 

 

“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Silence, healing.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“All things are in flux; the flux is subject to a unifying measure or rational principle. This principle (logos, the hidden harmony behind all change) bound opposites together in a unified tension, which is like that of a lyre, where a stable harmonious sound emerges from the tension of the opposing forces that arise from the bow bound together by the string.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“What was scattered
gathers.
What was gathered
blows away.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“All are one”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

“It ever was, and is, and shall be, ever-living fire, in measures being kindled and in measures going out.”
― Heraclitus, Fragments

 

 

“All things come into being by conflict of opposites.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

“What are men? Mortal gods.
What are gods? Immortal men.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Without injustices,
the name of justice
would mean what?”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“The meaning of the river flowing is not that all things are changing so that we cannot encounter them twice but that some things stay the same only by changing.”
― 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.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

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

 

 

 

“The sun is the width of a human foot.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Ethos anthropoi daimon–a man’s character is his fate.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Dog bark at what they don’t understand.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Stupidity is doomed,
therefore, to cringe
at every syllable
of wisdom.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“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

 

 

 

“War is father of all, and king of all. He renders some gods, others men; he makes some slaves, others free.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

“Everything flows, nothing stands still.”
Heraclitus, 501 B.C.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“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.”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions.”
― Heraclitus, Fragments

 

 

 

“Applicants for wisdom
do what I have done:
inquire within”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Tis not too late to seek a newer world”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“Eyes and ears are bad witnesses to men having barbarian souls.”
― Heraclitus, Fragments

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“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 Aeon is a child at play with colored balls.

(translation/paraphrase: Terence McKenna)”
― Heraclitus

 

 

 

“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

 

 

 

“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

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