37 Incredible Heraclitus Quotes

37 Incredible Heraclitus Quotes

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Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher from before the Socratic time. He led a lonely life which shines through in his riddling nature of philosophy. His most famous saying is “No man ever steps in the same river twice.” He died at the age of 60 around 475 BCE.

“A blow to the head will confuse a man’s thinking, a blow to the foot has no such effect, this cannot be the result of an immaterial soul.”

“A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.”

“A man’s character is his guardian divinity.”

“All entities move and nothing remains still.”

“Change he called a pathway up and down, and this determines the birth of the world..”

“Character is destiny.”

“Corpses are more fit to be cast out than dung.”

“Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.”

“Everything changes and nothing stands still.”

“Everything flows and nothing stays.”

“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.”

“Greater dooms win greater destinies.”

“He who does not expect will not find out the unexpected, for it is trackless and unexplored”

“He who hears not me but the logos will say: All is one.”

“It is better to conceal ignorance than to expose it.”

“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 against pleasure than against anger.”

“Man is on earth as in an egg.”

“Men that love wisdom must be acquainted with very many things indeed.”

“Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.”

“Much learning does not teach understanding.”

“No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.”

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

“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”

“The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.”

“The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it – and sometimes three.”

“The nature of things is in the habit of concealing itself.”

“The road up and the road down is one and the same.”

“The sun is new each day.”

“The wise is one only. It is unwilling and willing to be called by the name of Zeus.”

“The world is nothing but a great desire to live and a great dissatisfaction with living.”

“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.”

“Though wisdom is common, yet the many live as if they had a wisdom of their own.”

“To God all things are beautiful, good, and right; human beings, on the other hand, deem some things right and others wrong. It would not be better if things happened to people just as they

“Unless you expect the unexpected, you will not find it, for it is hidden and thickly tangled.”

“You could not step twice into the same river.”