(Heraclitus of Ephesus)

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  • Nationality: Greek
  • Profession: Philosopher









Heraclitus of Ephesus was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, and a native of the city of Ephesus, then part of the Persian Empire. He was of distinguished parentage. Little is known about his early life and education, but he regarded himself as self-taught and a pioneer of wisdom. From the lonely life he led, and still more from the apparently riddled and allegedly paradoxical nature of his philosophy and his stress upon the heedless unconsciousness of humankind, he was called "The Obscure" and the "Weeping Philosopher".

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A man's character is his fate. Human Nature
Character is destiny. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Nothing endures but change. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
A man's character is his guardian divinity.
Big results require big ambitions.
Bigotry is the sacred disease.
Change alone is unchanging.
Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung.
Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.
Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.
Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe.
Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.
God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger. Religion & God ;War & Peace
Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character. Patience
Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it.
I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.
It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.
Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
Much learning does not teach understanding. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Nature is wont to hide herself. Nature
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.
Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.
Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. Happiness & Unhappiness
The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.
The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it - and sometimes three. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.
The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.
The sun is new each day. Morning
The way up and the way down are one and the same.
There is nothing permanent except change.
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.
To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just. Religion & God
You cannot step into the same river twice.
You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.