Quotations From HERACLITUS

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  • 11.
    To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do.
    Heraclitus (c. 535 B.C.-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 89, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).
  • 12.
    Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it.
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, fragment 53, pt. 1, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).
  • 13.
    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).

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  • 14.
    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."
  • 15.
    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."
  • 16.
    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."
  • 17.
    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."

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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    The world, an entity out of everything, was created by neither gods nor men, but was, is and will be eternally living fire, regularly becoming ignited and regularly becoming extinguished.
    Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Cosmic Fragments, no. 20 (c. 480 B.C.).

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  • 20.
    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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