To get everything you want is not a good thing. Disease makes health seem sweet. Hunger leads to the appreciation of being full-fed. Tiredness creates the enjoyment of resting.
One cannot step twice in the same river.
A drunk man, staggering and mindless, must be led home by his son, so wet is his psyche... Water brings death to the psyche, as earth brings death to water... The psyche lusts to be wet.
The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.
Men who love wisdom should acquaint themselves with a great many particulars.
Everything changes and nothing stands still.
Nature is wont to hide herself.
The sun is the width of a human foot.
Any day stands
equal to the rest.
How can you hide from what never goes away?
A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.
Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.
All things flow, nothing abides. You cannot step into the same river twice, for the waters are continually flowing on. Nothing is permanent except change.
The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.
Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing pieces, possess the power of kings.
To fight with desire is hard: whatever it wishes it buys at the price of a soul.
Always having what we want
may not be the best good fortune
Health seems sweetest
after sickness, food
in hunger, goodness
in the wake of evil, and at the end
of daylong labor sleep.
The phases of fire are craving and satiety.
The Lord whose oracle is at Delphi neither reveals nor conceals, but gives a sign.
Those who are awake all live in the same world. Those who are asleep live in their own worlds.
It is in changing that we find purpose.
Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.
Knowing many things doesn't teach insight.
The only constant in life is change.
The only constant is change. Unless you get a small group of neighbors together to stop it.
Give me one man
from among ten thousand
if he is the best.
There is nothing permanent except change.
There is nothing permanent except change. Nothing is permanent except change. The only constant is change. Change is the only constant. Change alone is unchanging.
And some men are as ignorant of what they do when awake as they are forgetful of what they do when asleep.
He who hears not me but the logos will say: All is one.
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing for the known way is an impasse.
Men who are lovers of wisdom i.e., philosophers must be inquirers into many things.
The fairest order in the world is a heap of random sweepings.
Learning many things does not teach understanding.
If we do not expect the unexpected, we will never find it.
The waking have one common world, but the sleeping turn aside each into a world of his own.
Even a soul submerged in sleep
is hard at work and helps
make something of the world.
Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive.
A man's character is his guardian divinity.
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.
You cannot step twice into the same river.
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in.
One must realize that war is common, and justice strife, and that all things come to be through strife and are so ordained.
People do not know how what is at variance agrees with itself. It is an attunement of opposite tensions, like that of the bow and the lyre.
To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just.
Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.
Nothing endures but change.
Realize that war is common and justice is strife, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife.
To be evenminded is the greatest virtue.
To be evenminded
is the greatest virtue.
Wisdom is to speak
the truth and act
in keeping with its nature.
Much learning does not teach understanding.
Everything changes but change itself. Everything flows and nothing remains the same... You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters and yet others go flowing ever on.
Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
Presumption must be quenched even more than a fire.
Nothing endures but change.
Nothing endures but change. There is nothing permanent except change. All is flux, nothing stays still.
The people must fight on behalf of the law as though for the city wall.
Men that love wisdom must be acquainted with very many things indeed.
Big results require big ambitions.
There is harmony in the tension of opposites, as in the case of the bow and lyre.
Everything flows and nothing abides. Everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.
Everything flows and nothing abides; everything gives way and nothing stays fixed... Cool things become warm, the warm grows cool; the moist dries, the parched becomes moist... It is in changing that things find repose.
The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.
The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony.
Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.
Fire lives in the death of earth, air lives in the death of fire, water lives in the death of air, and earth in the death of water.
To me one man is worth ten thousand if he is first-rate.
The sun is new each day.
If you do not hope, you will not win that which is not hoped for, since it is unattainable and inaccessible.
It is by disease that health is pleasant; by evil that good is pleasant; by hunger, satiety; by weariness, rest.
Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.
One thunderbolt strikes
root through everything.
There is but one world common for those who are awake, but when men are asleep, each turns away into a world of his own.
Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.
The unexpected connection is more powerful than one that is obvious.
Lifetime is a child at play, moving pieces in a game. Kingship belongs to the child.
the name of justice
would mean what?
If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.
The wise is one only. It is unwilling and willing to be called by the name of Zeus.
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
Many who have learned
from Hesiod the countless names
of gods and monsters
that night and day are one.
Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
If they are gods, why do you lament them? If you lament them, you must no longer regard them as gods.
The fairest harmony springs from discord.
I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
There is a stability in the Universe because of the orderly and balanced process of change, the same measure coming out as going in, as if reality were a huge fire that inhaled and exhaled equal amounts.
If one does not expect the unexpected, one will not find it out, since it is not to be searched out, and difficut to compass.
No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.
Knowledge of divine things for the most part is lost to us by incredulity.
Immortal mortals, mortal immortals, one living the others death and dying the others life.
A man's character is his fate.
The Sibyl, with frenzied mouth uttering things not to be laughed at, unadorned and unperfumed, yet reaches to a thousand years with her voice by aid of the god.
Character is destiny.
The river where you set your foot just now is gone-those waters give way to this, now this.
Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.
Those who love wisdom must investigate many things.