HeraclitusFRAGMENTS (Circa 500 B.C.) 

Heraclitus | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

  • If happiness consisted in the pleasures of the body, we should call oxen happy whenever they come across bitter vetch to eat.

  • The sun is new everyday.

  • The one is made up of all things, and all things of the one.

  • How can one hide from that which never sets?

  • If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it.

  • Knowing not how to listen, they do not know how to speak.

  • Those who seek gold dig up much earth and find little.

  • Men that love wisdom must be inquirers into very many things indeed.

  • The learning of many things does not teach understanding.

  • The things that can be seen, heard and learned are what I prize the most.

  • The way up and the way down is one in the same.

  • It is the thunderbolt that steers the course of all things.

  • The wisest man, in contrast to God, appears as an ape in beauty and wisdom and all things.

  • It is hard to fight one’s heart’s desire. Whatever it wishes to get it purchases at the cost of the soul.

  • The fool is fluttered at every word.

  • You can not step in the same river twice. For you and the river are constantly changing.

  • It is best to hide folly.

  • Dogs bark at everyone they do not recognize.

  • I dived into myself.

  • Recognizing ones self and being of sound mind is for all beings.

  • A mans character is his fate.

  • Nature love to hide.

  • Even a barley-drink separates if it is not stirred.



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