Heraclitus Quotes


A man's character is his fate.
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Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.
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All are one.
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All is flux, nothing stays still.
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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.
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Big results require big ambitions.
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Bigotry is the sacred disease.
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Change alone is unchanging.
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Character is destiny.
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Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung.
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Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.
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Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.
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Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.
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Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.
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Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe.
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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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Everything changes, and no thing abides.
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Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.
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God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger.
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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.
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Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it.
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How can you hide from what never goes away?
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I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
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If it were not for injustice, men would not know justice.
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If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.
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It ever was, and is, and shall be, ever-living fire, in measures being kindled and in measures going out.
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It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.
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It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.
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It is harder to fight pleasure than to fight emotion.
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It is in changing that we find purpose.
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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.
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It is not appropriate to act and speak like men asleep.
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It is wise to listen, not to me but to the Word, and to confess that all things are one.
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Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.
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Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.
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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
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Man, like a light in the night, is kindled and put out.
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Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
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Much learning does not teach understanding.
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Nature is wont to hide herself.
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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.
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No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.
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Nothing endures but change.
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Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.
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Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
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Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.
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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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People ought to fight to keep their law as to defend the city's walls.
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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.
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Silence, healing.
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The awake share a common world, but the asleep turn aside into private worlds.
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The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.
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The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it - and sometimes three.
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The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.
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The people must fight on behalf of the law as though for the city wall.
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The road up and the road down is one and the same.
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The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.
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The sun is new each day.
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The sun is the width of a human foot.
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The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony.
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The way up and the way down are one and the same.
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There is nothing permanent except change.
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Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive.
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This universe, which is the same for all, has not been made by any god or man, but it always has been, is, and will be an ever-living fire, kindling itself by regular measures and going out by regular measures.
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Though wisdom is common, yet the many live as if they had a wisdom of their own.
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Time is a child playing with droughts. The lordship is to the child.
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Time is a game played beautifully by children.
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To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do.
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To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just.
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We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play.
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When is death not within ourselves?... Living and dead are the same, and so are awake and alseep, young and old.
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Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing for the known way is an impasse.
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Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things.
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You cannot step into the same river twice.
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You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in.
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You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
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