65 Heraclitus Quotes On Warrior, Change, War, Life

Heraclitus of Ephesus was an Ancient Greek, pre-Socratic, Ionian philosopher and a native of the city of Ephesus, which was then part of the Persian Empire. These Heraclitus quotes will motivate you.

Best Heraclitus Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “There is nothing permanent except change.” ~ Heraclitus
  3. “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” ~ Heraclitus
  4. “The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. 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. Your integrity is your destiny … it is the light that guides your way.” ~ Heraclitus”The world is nothing but a great desire to live and a great dissatisfaction with living.” ~ Heraclitus
  5. “Dogs bark at what they don’t understand.” ~ Heraclitus
  6. “Big results require big ambitions.” ~ Heraclitus

  7. “If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not recognize it when it arrives.” ~ Heraclitus
  8. “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
  9. “Those who are awake all live in the same world. Those who are asleep live in their own worlds.” ~ Heraclitus
  10. “Day by day, what you do is who you become.” ~ Heraclitus
  11. “Because it is so unbelievable, the Truth often escapes being known.” ~ Heraclitus

  12. “Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Knowledge is not intelligence. In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is unchanging. The same road goes both up and down. The beginning of a circle is also its end. Not I, but the world says it: all is one. And yet everything comes in season.” ~ Heraclitus
  13. “Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.” ~ Heraclitus
  14. “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
  15. “Wisdom consists in speaking and acting the truth.” ~ Heraclitus

  16. “Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” ~ Heraclitus
  17. “Knowledge is not intelligence.” ~ Heraclitus
  18. “What was scattered, gathers.
    What was gathered, blows away” ~ Heraclitus
  19. “Much learning does not teach sense.” ~ Heraclitus
  20. “Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing pieces, possess the power of kings.” ~ Heraclitus
  21. “Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.” ~ Heraclitus
  22. “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
  23. “You won’t discover the limits of the soul, however far you go.” ~ Heraclitus
  24. “Knowing many things doesn’t teach insight.” ~ Heraclitus

  25. “To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do.” ~ Heraclitus
  26. “Stupidity is better kept a secret than displayed.” ~ Heraclitus
  27. “It is in changing that things find purpose.” ~ Heraclitus
  28. “It is difficult to fight against anger; for a man will buy revenge with his soul.” ~ Heraclitus Quotes
  29. “If you do not hope, you will not win that which is not hoped for, since it is unattainable and inaccessible.” ~ Heraclitus
  30. “Everything flows, nothing stays still.” ~ Heraclitus
  31. “A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.” ~ Heraclitus
  32. “Nothing is, everything is becoming.” ~ Heraclitus

  33. “All things come into being by conflict of opposites.” ~ Heraclitus
  34. “A man’s character is his fate.” ~ Heraclitus
  35. “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.” ~ Heraclitus
  36. “All things are in flux; the flux is subject to a unifying measure or rational principle. This principle (logos, the hidden harmony behind all change) bound opposites together in a unified tension, which is like that of a lyre, where a stable harmonious sound emerges from the tension of the opposing forces that arise from the bow bound together by the string.” ~ Heraclitus
  37. “Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.” ~ Heraclitus
  38. “The most beautiful ape is ugly when compared to a human. The wisest human will seem like an ape when compared to a god with respect to wisdom, beauty, and everything else.” ~ Heraclitus
  39. “Religion is a disease, but it is a noble disease.” ~ Heraclitus

  40. “How can you hide from what never goes away?” ~ Heraclitus
  41. “I see nothing but Becoming. Be not deceived! It is the fault of your limited outlook and not the fault of the essence of things if you believe that you see firm land anywhere in the ocean of Becoming and Passing. You need names for things, just as if they had a rigid permanence, but the very river in which you bathe a second time is no longer the same one which you entered before” ~ Heraclitus
  42. “Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.” ~ Heraclitus Quotes
  43. “We have to be faster in calming down a resentment than putting out a fire, because the consequences of the first are infinitely more dangerous than the results of the last; fire ends burning down some houses at the most, while the resentment can cause cruel wars, with the ruin and total destruction of nations.” ~ Heraclitus
  44. “What is divine escapes men’s notice because of their incredulity.” ~ Heraclitus
  45. “Presumption must be quenched even more than a fire.” ~ Heraclitus

  46. “The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day.” ~ Heraclitus
  47. “If it were not for injustice, men would not know justice.” ~ Heraclitus
  48. “It is by disease that health is pleasant; by evil that good is pleasant; by hunger, satiety; by weariness, rest.” ~ Heraclitus
  49. “It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.” ~ Heraclitus
  50. “If we do not expect the unexpected, we will never find it.” ~ Heraclitus
  51. “Applicants for wisdom
    do what I have done:
    inquire within” ~ Heraclitus
  52. “Those who hear and do not understand are like the deaf. Of them, the proverb says: “Present, they are absent.” ~ Heraclitus
  53. “It is hard to contend against one’s heart’s desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.” ~ Heraclitus
  54. “The way up and the way down are one and the same.” ~ Heraclitus

  55. “War is the mother of everything.” ~ Heraclitus
  56. “Greater dooms win greater destinies.” ~ Heraclitus
  57. “Change alone is unchanging.” ~ Heraclitus
  58. “The best of men choose one thing in preference to all else, immortal glory in preference to mortal good; whereas the masses simply glut themselves like cattle.” ~ Heraclitus
  59. “Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeated all things.” ~ Heraclitus
  60. “It is harder to fight pleasure than to fight emotion.” ~ Heraclitus

  61. “Of the Logos which is as I describe it men always prove to be uncomprehending, both before they have heard it and when once they have heard it. For although all things happen according to this Logos, they [men] are like people of no experience, even when they experience such words and deeds as I explain, when I distinguish each thing according to its constitution and declare how it is; but the rest of men fail to notice what they do after they wake up just as they forget what they do when asleep.” ~ Heraclitus
  62. “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
  63. “You cannot step twice into the same river.” ~ Heraclitus
  64. “What sense or thought do they have? They follow the popular singers, and they take the crowd as their teacher.” ~ Heraclitus
  65. “The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony.” ~ Heraclitus

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