Heraclitus – The Weeping Philosopher

Heraclitus by
Johan Moreelse (after 1602–1634

Heraclitus of Ephesus (c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, a native of the Greek city Ephesus, Ionia, on the coast of Asia Minor. 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 riddling nature of his philosophy and his contempt for humankind in general, he was called “The Obscure” and the “Weeping Philosopher”.

Heraclitus – The Weeping Philosopher

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A man’s character is his fate.

- Heraclitus

All things move and nothing remains still.

- Heraclitus

All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of then, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.

- Heraclitus

Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant.  From all things one and from one all things.

- Heraclitus

Everything flows, and nothing stays still.  You can’t step twice into the same river.

- Heraclitus

God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger.

- Heraclitus

Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.
~Heraclitus

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The road up and the road down is one and the same.

Heraclitus

You cannot step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

- Heraclitus

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