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Heraclitus


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  • ''Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B43. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
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  • ''Listening not to me but to reason [logos], it is wise to agree that all is one.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B50. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
  • ''Invisible harmony is better than visible.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B54. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
  • ''The way up and the way down are one and the same.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B60. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
  • ''One must know that war is common, justice is strife, and everything happens according to strife and necessity.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B80. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
  • ''The most beautiful ape is ugly when compared to a human. The wisest human will seem like an ape when compared to a god with respect to wisdom, beauty, and everything else.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B82, 83. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
  • ''To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B88. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
  • ''Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 3, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).
  • ''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.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 24, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).
  • ''Change alone is unchanging.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 23, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).

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