Heraclitus or Heraclitus of Ephesus

Heraclitus or Heraclitus of Ephesus
535
475 B.C.

Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, called "The Obscure" and the "Weeping Philosopher," famous for his doctrine of change being central to the universe

Author Quotes

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.

Nothing endures but change.

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

All things flow, nothing abides.

God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, satiety and hunger.

The bounds of the soul thou shalt not find, though you travel every way.

Much learning does not teach understanding.

Nothing endures but change.

All things are in motion and nothing is at rest… You cannot go into the same [river] twice.

All things come into being by conflict of opposites.

Character is destiny.

You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

All human laws are fed by the one Divine law; it iprevaileth as far as it listeth, and sufficeth for all, and surviveth all.

What is divine escapes men's notice because of their incredulity.

When people are awake they enjoy one world in common, but asleep each roams in a world of his own.

There is nothing so permanent in life as change.

Unless you expect the unexpected you will never find [truth], for it is hard to discover and hard to attain.

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

The way up and the way down are one and the same.

The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.

Much learning does not make a scholar.

Listening not to me but to the Logos it is wise to agree that all things are one.

Men who love wisdom should acquaint themselves with a great many particulars.

It is difficult to fight against anger, for a man will buy revenge with his soul.

It is not possible to step in the same river twice.

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Heraclitus or Heraclitus of Ephesus
Birth Date
535
Death Date
475 B.C.
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Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, called "The Obscure" and the "Weeping Philosopher," famous for his doctrine of change being central to the universe