The Book of Heraclitus

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(535 BC – 475 BC)

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

The sun is new each day.

Nothing endures but change. Everything changes and nothing abides.

It is in changing that we find purpose.

The soul is dyed the colour 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 do is what you become. Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.

A man’s character is his fate.

We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the righteousness of the child at play.

How can you hide from what never goes away?

Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions.

What are men? Mortal gods. What are gods? Immortal men.

It is hard to contend against one’s heart’s desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.

Much learning does not teach understanding.

The way up and the way down are one and the same.

From all the things, one; and from one, all the things.