Heraclitus Quotes

Greek Philosopher

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A man's character is his fate.
Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.
All are one.
All is flux, nothing stays still.
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.
Big results require big ambitions.
Bigotry is the sacred disease.
Change alone is unchanging.
Character is destiny.
Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung.
Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.
Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.
Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.
Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.
Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe.
Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions.
Everything changes, and no thing abides.
Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.
God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger.
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.
Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it.
How can you hide from what never goes away?
See Also
Democritus Quotes
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I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
If it were not for injustice, men would not know justice.
If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.
It ever was, and is, and shall be, ever-living fire, in measures being kindled and in measures going out.
It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.
It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.
It is harder to fight pleasure than to fight emotion.
It is in changing that we find purpose.
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 not appropriate to act and speak like men asleep.
It is wise to listen, not to me but to the Word, and to confess that all things are one.
Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.
Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
Man, like a light in the night, is kindled and put out.
Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
Much learning does not teach understanding.
Nature is wont to hide herself.