Quotes from ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus

Heraclitus is an ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher from the 5th century BC.  Little is known of his life but he has been described as a misanthrope who was subject to melancholia – and he gained the title of the weeping philosopher. The central theme of Heraclitus’s philosophy is that the world as constantly in flux, changing as it remained the same.

  • No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
  • Character is destiny.
  • A man’s character is his fate.
  • Big results require big ambitions.
  • There is nothing permanent except change.
  • 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.
  • Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
  • It is harder to fight against pleasure than against anger.
  • Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.
  • Ten thousand do not turn the scale against a single man of worth.
  • The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.
  • Dogs, also, bark at what they do not know.

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