Heraclitus, Fragments

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"The sun is the width of a human foot." (3)

  • relativity

"Couples are things whole and not whole, what is drawn together and what is drawn asunder, the harmonious and discordant. The one is made up of all things, and all things issue from the one." (10)

"You cannot step twice into the same rivers; for fresh waters are flowing in upon you." (12)

"How can one hide from that which never sets?" (16)

"If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out and difficult." (18)

"This world, which is the same for all, no one of gods or men has made; but it was ever, is now and ever shall be an ever-living. Fire, with measures kindling and measures going out." (30)

"We step and do not step into the same rivers; we are and are not." (49a)

"Men do not know how what is at variance agrees with itself. It is an attunement of opposite tension, like that of the bow and the lyre." (51)

"The way up and the way down is one and the same." (60)

"The sea is the purest and the impurest water. Fish can drink it, and it is good for them; to men it is undrinkable and destructive." (61)

  • everything is pure difference

"The waking have one common world, but the sleeping turn aside each into a world of his own." (89)

"You cannot step twice into the same rivers." (91)

"In the circumference of a circle the beginning and the end are common." (103)

"One day is like any other." (106)

sobriety: "A man, when he gets drunk, is led by a beardless lad, tripping, knowing not where he steps, having his soul moist." (117) / "The dry soul is the wised and best." (118)

"Cold things become warm, and what is warm cools; what is wet dries, and the parched is moistened." (126)