Heraclitus

(535 BC-475 BC / Ephesus)

Heraclitus Quotes

  • ''It is impossible to step into the same river twice.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, fr. 91 (from Plutarch). Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
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  • ''Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have the uncultured souls.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B107. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
  • ''The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B29. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
  • ''Men who are lovers of wisdom [i.e., philosophers] must be inquirers into many things.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B35. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."
  • ''Wisdom is one thing, to know how to make true judgment, how all things are steered through all things.''
    Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 22B41. Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure."

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