Nothing endures but change.
Nothing endures but change. There is nothing permanent except change. All is flux, nothing stays still.
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.
Men that love wisdom must be acquainted with very many things indeed.
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
Much learning does not teach understanding.
A man's character is his fate.
Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.
part of The Cynic Epistles; possibly mistakenly attributed directly to Heraclitus
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.
If they are gods, why do you lament them? If you lament them, you must no longer regard them as gods.
Everything changes and nothing stands still.
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.
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.
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.
The only constant in life is change.
The only constant is change. Unless you get a small group of neighbors together to stop it.
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.
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.
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.
You cannot step twice into the same river.
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in.
Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing pieces, possess the power of kings.
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.
And some men are as ignorant of what they do when awake as they are forgetful of what they do when asleep.
Many who have learned
from Hesiod the countless names
of gods and monsters
that night and day are one.
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.
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.
For when is death not within our selves? And as Heracleitus says: Living and dead are the same, and so are awake and asleep, young and old. The former when shifted are the latter, and again the latter when shifted are the former.
If you do not hope, you will not win that which is not hoped for, since it is unattainable and inaccessible.
One must realize that war is common, and justice strife, and that all things come to be through strife and are so ordained.
Realize that war is common and justice is strife, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife.
It is by disease that health is pleasant; by evil that good is pleasant; by hunger, satiety; by weariness, rest.
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 content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.
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.
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.
If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.
I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.
To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just.
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.