• Acted: 5th Century BC
  • Lived: 540-480 BC
  • School: Ionian
  • Main Interests: Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Politics, Cosmology
  • Influences: Miletians, Pythagoras
  • Location: Ephesus

Quotes

The exact same thing is the living and the dead, the awake and the sleeping, the young and the old. The former, after they change state, become the latter and when they change state again, become the former.

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The Fragments of the Pre-Socratics, Hermann Diels: DK 12B17

To me, one man is worth ten thousand if he is righteous.

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The Fragments of the Pre-Socratics, Hermann Diels: DK 12B17

It is not optimal for people to fulfill everything they desire.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Γ, 83

Education is a second sun for those possessing it.

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The Fragments of the Pre-Socratics, Hermann Diels: DK 12B17

Both eyes and ears of foolish people turn evil when they have barbaric souls.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Δ, 56

All humans have the capacity of knowing themselves and acting with moderation.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Ε, 119

A drunk man, staggering and mindless, is led home by a child, with an unstable soul. A sober soul is stable and wise.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Ε, 120

Of all whose words I have heard, no one attains to this, to know that wisdom is apart from all.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Γ, 81

Biography

Heraclitus was an ancient Greek philosopher that has been seen as a material monist, a scientific cosmologist, a metaphysician, a religious thinker, an empiricist, a rationalist, a mystic, a conventional thinker, a developer of logic and one who denied the law of non-contradiction. Heraclitus was most famous for his belief in an ever-present change as the characteristic feature of the world, this idea was expressed in the sayings, "No man ever steps in the same river twice", and "panta rhei" ("everything flows").