Heraclitus quotes and sayings
Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Knowledge is not intelligence. In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is unchanging. The same road goes both up and down. The beginning of a circle is also its end. Not I, but the world says it: all is one. And yet everything comes in season.
What is divine escapes men's notice because of their incredulity.
For those who are awake, the Cosmos is One.
A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.
It is wise to listen, not to me but to the Word, and to confess that all things are one.
Nature is accustomed to hide itself.
The road uphill and the road downhill are one and the same.
Day by day, what you do is who you become.
The waking have one and the same world, the sleeping turn aside each into a world of his own.
Character is fate.
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.
Greater dooms win greater destinies.
Presumption must be quenched even more than a fire.
War is the father and king of all: some he has made gods, and some men; some slaves and some free.
He who does not expect will not find out the unexpected, for it is trackless and unexplored.
Learning many things does not teach understanding.
Of all whose words I have heard, no one attains to this, to know that wisdom is apart from all.
It is in changing that things find purpose.
Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow. Nothing endures but change.
To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just.
Heraclitus says that Pittacus, when he had got Alcus into his power, released him, saying, Forgiveness is better than revenge.
The fairest harmony springs from discord.
A man's character is his guardian divinity.
Time is a game played beautifully by children.
You won't discover the limits of the soul, however far you go.
One must know that war is common, justice is strife, and everything happens according to strife and necessity.
The world, an entity out of everything, was created by none of the gods or men, but was, is and will be eternally living fire, regularly becoming ignited and reg- ularly becoming extinguished.
It is hard to fight against impulsive desire; whatever it wants it will buy at the cost of the soul.
Realize that war is common and justice is strife, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife.
It is better to conceal ignorance than to expose it.
No one can step twice into the same river, nor touch mortal substance twice in the same condition. By the speed of its change, it scatters and gathers again.
The unexpected connection is more powerful than one that is obvious.
Things of which there is sight, hearing, apprehension, these I prefer.
Although it is better to hide our ignorance, this is hard to do when we relax over wine.
The best of men choose one thing in preference to all else, immortal glory in preference to mortal good; whereas the masses simply glut themselves like cattle.
The fairest order in the world is a heap of random sweepings.
When is death not within ourselves?... Living and dead are the same, and so are awake and alseep, young and old.
Those who love wisdom must investigate many things.
What sense or thought do they have? They follow the popular singers, and they take the crowd as their teacher.
It is by disease that health is pleasant; by evil that good is pleasant; by hunger, satiety; by weariness, rest.
You can't step twice into the same river.
Big results require big ambitions.
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
Because it is so unbelievable, the Truth often escapes being known.
Those who hear and do not understand are like the deaf. Of them the proverb says: Present, they are absent.
There is nothing permanent except change. Nothing is permanent except change. The only constant is change. Change is the only constant. Change alone is unchanging.
Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.
Nothing endures but change. There is nothing permanent except change. All is flux, nothing stays still.
The gods are immortal men, and men are mortal gods.
It ever was, and is, and shall be, ever-living fire, in measures being kindled and in measures going out.
Applicants for wisdom do what I have done: inquire within.
War is the mother of everything.
The way up and the way down are one and the same.
The outcomes are in incredible need more prominent desire.
Time is a child playing with droughts. The lordship is to the child.
Any day stands equal to the rest.
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 choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny... it is the light that guides your way.
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.
Stupidity is better kept a secret than displayed.
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.
History is a child building a sand-castle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.
I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
There is exchange of all things for fire and of fire for all things, as there is of wares for gold and of gold for wares.
All men have the capacity of knowing themselves and acting with moderation.
To me one man is worth ten thousand if he is outstanding.
Life is a child moving counters in a game.
Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it.
One cannot step twice in the same river.
No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.
If you do not hope, you will not win that which is not hoped for, since it is unattainable and inaccessible.
All is flux, nothing stays still, as Heraclitus said. By the time I wrote this, everything has changed in the universe; everything but the taste of the cakes baked at home!
All things come into being through opposition and all are in flux like a river.
Most people do not take heed of the things they encounter, nor do they grasp them even when they have learned about them, although they suppose they do.
I see nothing but Becoming. Be not deceived! It is the fault of your limited outlook and not the fault of the essence of things if you believe that you see firm land anywhere in the ocean of Becoming and Passing. You need names for things, just as if they had a rigid permanence, but the very river in which you bathe a second time is no longer the same one which you entered before.
Doctors cut, burn, and torture the sick, and then demand of them an undeserved fee for such services.
The results are in great need greater ambition.
Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe.
There is nothing peranent except change.
All entities move and nothing remains still.
If we do not expect the unexpected, we will never find it.
Dogs, also, bark at what they do not know.
Where there is no strife there is decay: 'The mixture which is not shaken decomposes.'.
If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out, and difficult.
Man is on earth as in an egg.
The only constant is change. Unless you get a small group of neighbors together to stop it.
Dogs bark at a person whom they do not know.
Michel de Montaigne
Seneca the Younger
Jean de la Bruyere
John le Carre
James Howard Kunstler
John of Kronstadt
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