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Character is destiny.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 121)
Nothing endures but change.
Heraclitus (Quoted by Diogenes Laertius in Lives of the Philosophers)
No man ever steps in the same river twice.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 41)
Everything flows, nothing stands still.
Heraclitus (Quoted by Plato in Craytulus)
The sun is new every day.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 6)
The road up and the road down is one and the same.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 69)
A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.
Heraclitus
It is what opposes that helps.
Heraclitus (Quoted by Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics)
He who hears not me but the logos will say: All is one.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 50)
Man, like a light in the night, is kindled and put out.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 76)
Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 98)
It is harder to fight pleasure than to fight emotion.
Heraclitus
Nature is wont to hide herself.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 10)
Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.
Heraclitus (Quoted by Hippolytus of Rome)
It would not be better if things happened to people just as they wish.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 52)
Much learning does not teach understanding.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 16)
The wise is one only. It is unwilling and willing to be called by the name of Zeus.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 32)
We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not.
Heraclitus
Even sleepers are workers and collaborators on what goes on in the universe.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 90)
It is wise to listen, not to me but to the Word, and to confess that all things are one.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 50)
The waking have one world in common; sleepers have each a private world of his own.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 89)
He who does not expect will not find out the unexpected, for it is trackless and unexplored.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 7)
Everything changes and nothing remains still ... and ... you cannot step twice into the same stream
Heraclitus
All things come into being by conflict of opposites, and the sum of things flows like a stream.
Heraclitus
When is death not within ourselves?... Living and dead are the same, and so are awake and asleep, young and old.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 78)
Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 54)
This world, which is the same for all, no one of gods or men has made. But it always was and will be: an ever-living fire, with measures of it kindling, and measures going out.
Heraclitus (On the Universe - Fragment 20)

Heraclitus Biography

Life: 6th - 5th century BCE

Heraclitus of Ephesus was a Greek philosopher. He was often referred to as "The Obscure Philosopher" mainly due to his eccentric nature and his enigmatic philosophy and thoughts.

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