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96 Inspiring Quotes by Heraclitus

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Heraclitus.

Wikipedia Summary for Heraclitus

Flavius Heraclius (Greek: Ἡράκλειος, Iraklios; c. 575 – February 11, 641) was the Byzantine emperor from 610 to 641. His rise to power began in 608, when he and his father, Heraclius the Elder, the exarch of Africa, led a revolt against the unpopular usurper Phocas.

Heraclius's reign was marked by several military campaigns. The year Heraclius came to power, the empire was threatened on multiple frontiers. Heraclius immediately took charge of the Byzantine–Sasanian War of 602–628. The first battles of the campaign ended in defeat for the Byzantines; the Persian army fought their way to the Bosphorus but Constantinople was protected by impenetrable walls and a strong navy, and Heraclius was able to avoid total defeat. Soon after, he initiated reforms to rebuild and strengthen the military. Heraclius drove the Persians out of Asia Minor and pushed deep into their territory, defeating them decisively in 627 at the Battle of Nineveh. The Persian king Khosrow II was overthrown and executed by his son Kavad II, who soon sued for a peace treaty, agreeing to withdraw from all occupied territory. This way peaceful relations were restored to the two deeply strained empires.

Heraclius lost many of his newly regained lands to the Muslim conquests. Emerging from the Arabian Peninsula, the Muslims quickly conquered the Sasanian Empire. In 634 the Muslims marched into Roman Syria, defeating Heraclius's brother Theodore. Within a short period of time, the Arabs conquered Mesopotamia, Armenia and Egypt.

Heraclius entered diplomatic relations with the Croats and Serbs in the Balkans. He tried to repair the schism in the Christian church in regard to the Monophysites, by promoting a compromise doctrine called Monothelitism. The Church of the East (commonly called Nestorian) was also involved in the process. Eventually this project of unity was rejected by all sides of the dispute.

pink cherry blossom tree under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Heraclitus

orange tabby cat on black textile

One cannot step twice in the same river.

--Heraclitus

body of water under blue sky during sunset

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.

--Heraclitus

rainbow

The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.

--Heraclitus

sunset

Men who love wisdom should acquaint themselves with a great many particulars.

--Heraclitus

pink flowers with white background

Everything changes and nothing stands still.

--Heraclitus

green and brown mountains under blue sky during daytime

Nature is wont to hide herself.

--Heraclitus

bird at pier

The sun is the width of a human foot.

--Heraclitus

pet dog sitting down on snow

Any day stands
equal to the rest.

--Heraclitus

close up photography of moon

How can you hide from what never goes away?

--Heraclitus

green forest during daytime

A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.

--Heraclitus

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.

--Heraclitus

None

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.

--Heraclitus

flame illustration

The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.

--Heraclitus

milky way wallpaper

Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing pieces, possess the power of kings.

--Heraclitus

white sand under white sky

To fight with desire is hard: whatever it wishes it buys at the price of a soul.

--Heraclitus

white wall paint with black shadow

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.

--Heraclitus

green bird perching on stem

The phases of fire are craving and satiety.

--Heraclitus


green trees under white sky during daytime

The Lord whose oracle is at Delphi neither reveals nor conceals, but gives a sign.

--Heraclitus

silhouette of trees near body of water during sunset

Those who are awake all live in the same world. Those who are asleep live in their own worlds.

--Heraclitus

man facing women near forest

It is in changing that we find purpose.

--Heraclitus

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

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

--Heraclitus

person with black tattoo on left hand

Knowing many things doesn't teach insight.

--Heraclitus

green mountains under blue sky during daytime

The only constant in life is change.

--Heraclitus

Longer Version:

The only constant is change. Unless you get a small group of neighbors together to stop it.


rainbow

Give me one man
from among ten thousand
if he is the best.

--Heraclitus


selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

Silence, healing.

--Heraclitus

three women sitting on rock near body of water

There is nothing permanent except change.

--Heraclitus

Longer Version:

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.


lion on green grass during golden hour

And some men are as ignorant of what they do when awake as they are forgetful of what they do when asleep.

--Heraclitus

person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

He who hears not me but the logos will say: All is one.

--Heraclitus

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

--Heraclitus

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing for the known way is an impasse.

--Heraclitus

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

Men who are lovers of wisdom i.e., philosophers must be inquirers into many things.

--Heraclitus

full moon in the sky

The fairest order in the world is a heap of random sweepings.

--Heraclitus

None

Learning many things does not teach understanding.

--Heraclitus

close shot of yellow flowers

If we do not expect the unexpected, we will never find it.

--Heraclitus

leafless tree on snow covered ground

The waking have one common world, but the sleeping turn aside each into a world of his own.

--Heraclitus

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Even a soul submerged in sleep
is hard at work and helps
make something of the world.

--Heraclitus

woman in brown long sleeve shirt and blue denim jeans

Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive.

--Heraclitus

brown and white dog in close-up photography

A man's character is his guardian divinity.

--Heraclitus

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

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.

--Heraclitus

shallow focus photography of books

You cannot step twice into the same river.

--Heraclitus

Longer Version:

You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in.


photo of woman climbing mountain

One must realize that war is common, and justice strife, and that all things come to be through strife and are so ordained.

--Heraclitus

landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

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.

--Heraclitus

black and gray floral textile

To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just.

--Heraclitus

horse

Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.
Nothing endures but change.

--Heraclitus


adobe wall

Realize that war is common and justice is strife, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife.

--Heraclitus

silhouette of grass under moonlight

To be evenminded is the greatest virtue.

--Heraclitus

Longer Version:

To be evenminded
is the greatest virtue.
Wisdom is to speak
the truth and act
in keeping with its nature.


man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket

Much learning does not teach understanding.

--Heraclitus

grayscale photography of raindrops

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.

--Heraclitus

sunset

Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.

--Heraclitus


white wooden table near brown chair

Presumption must be quenched even more than a fire.

--Heraclitus

flowers

Nothing endures but change.

--Heraclitus

Longer Version:

Nothing endures but change. There is nothing permanent except change. All is flux, nothing stays still.


mountains under starry sky during nighttime

The people must fight on behalf of the law as though for the city wall.

--Heraclitus

sunset with rainbow

Men that love wisdom must be acquainted with very many things indeed.

--Heraclitus

person cooking on seashore

Big results require big ambitions.

--Heraclitus

fine trees waving

There is harmony in the tension of opposites, as in the case of the bow and lyre.

--Heraclitus

sunset

Everything flows and nothing abides. Everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.

--Heraclitus

Longer Version:

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.


clear wine glass with red wine

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.

--Heraclitus

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony.

--Heraclitus

coconut tree near body of water

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

--Heraclitus

person holding white book

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.

--Heraclitus

black pug puppy

To me one man is worth ten thousand if he is first-rate.

--Heraclitus

person walking on street while holding black umbrella near cars on road at nighttime

The sun is new each day.

--Heraclitus

blue, yellow, and brown wall decor

If you do not hope, you will not win that which is not hoped for, since it is unattainable and inaccessible.

--Heraclitus

black and white abstract illustration

It is by disease that health is pleasant; by evil that good is pleasant; by hunger, satiety; by weariness, rest.

--Heraclitus

sunset

Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.

--Heraclitus

photo og calm body of water

One thunderbolt strikes
root through everything.

--Heraclitus

bird in the sky

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.

--Heraclitus

sunset and agave stalk

Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.

--Heraclitus

person standing in front of fire

The unexpected connection is more powerful than one that is obvious.

--Heraclitus

white and blue floral textile

Lifetime is a child at play, moving pieces in a game. Kingship belongs to the child.

--Heraclitus

tall trees with dried leaves on ground

Without injustices,
the name of justice
would mean what?

--Heraclitus


photography of white wall lot

If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.

--Heraclitus

yellow flower field near mountain during daytime

The wise is one only. It is unwilling and willing to be called by the name of Zeus.

--Heraclitus

castle surrounded fog

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

--Heraclitus

raging waves through shores

Many who have learned
from Hesiod the countless names
of gods and monsters
never understand
that night and day are one.

--Heraclitus

blue and black abstract painting

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.

--Heraclitus

palm tree under orange sky

If they are gods, why do you lament them? If you lament them, you must no longer regard them as gods.

--Heraclitus

photography of starry sky

The fairest harmony springs from discord.

--Heraclitus

leafless tree

I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.

--Heraclitus

white tulips with green leaves

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.

--Heraclitus

stars across the sky view at the desert

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.

--Heraclitus

empty concrete road covered surrounded by tall tress with sun rays

No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.

--Heraclitus

Blue to purple gradient

Knowledge of divine things for the most part is lost to us by incredulity.

--Heraclitus

pink and white tulips on white surface

Immortal mortals, mortal immortals, one living the others death and dying the others life.

--Heraclitus

pink rose bud closeup photo

A man's character is his fate.

--Heraclitus

man standing on cliff under white sky

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.

--Heraclitus

gray road beside a trees

Character is destiny.

--Heraclitus

pink flower

The river where you set your foot just now is gone-those waters give way to this, now this.

--Heraclitus

green trees under blue sky at daytime

Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.

--Heraclitus

blue wall during daytime

Those who love wisdom must investigate many things.

--Heraclitus

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