Heraclitus

(535 BC-475 BC / Ephesus)

Heraclitus Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''A man's character is his fate.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 BC), Greek philosopher. On The Universe, fragment 121, trans. by W.H.S. Jones.
  • ''Uncomprehending when they have heard, they are like the deaf. The saying describes them: though present they are absent.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. quoted in Clement [second century A.D.], Miscellanies 5.115.3, Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy, trans. by R.D. McKirahan, Jr., eds. S. Marc Cohen, Patricia Curd, and C.D.C. Reeve, Hackett Publishing Co. (1995).
  • ''You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. quoted in Hippocrates, On The Universe, aph. 41.
  • ''A lifetime [or, eternity] is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. quoted in Hippolytus [early third century A.D.], Refutation 9.9.4, Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy, trans. by R.D. McKirahan, Jr., eds. S. Marc Cohen, Patricia Curd, and C.D.C. Reeve, Hackett Publishing Co. (1995).
  • ''Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535 B.C.-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Cosmic Fragments, no. 85 (written c. 480 B.C.).
  • ''Even sleepers are workers and collaborators on what goes on in the universe.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-c. 475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Cosmic Fragments, no. 90 (c. 480 B.C.).
  • ''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.).
  • ''Immortal mortals, mortal immortals, one living the others' death and dying the others' life.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Cosmic Fragments, no. 67 (c. 480 B.C.).
  • ''Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Presocratics, p. 74, ed. Philip Wheelwright, The Bobbs-Merrill Co., Inc. (1960).

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