Heraclitus (also spelt as- Heracleitus) was an ancient Greek philosopher. He was born in c. 540 BCE in Anatolia (now Turkey). He was popularly known as 'The Obscure'.
He was a Pre- Socratic and a great philosopher. He gave a theory which he derived in oracular language. He expounded that everything's core is fire and that fire itself is the basic material of the whole world.
His work on cosmology made him so remarkable, and even today, people appreciate his foundations. It is known that only remnants remain of his work, i.e. On Nature. It is also claimed that the book he penned down about his life is now just a mystery. That is why Heraclitus is a known enigma.
He announced a word, logos (in Greek means: reason) that stands for everything being one. He stated that opposites are connected and unified in nature, which manifests the basic significance of logos, hence balancing the system of the universe.
His statements were always criticized in his time. He often voiced for universal unanimity and that people must endeavour together.
Heraclitus is publicized as a self-educated man. His knowledge remained undoubted.
Even today, his assertions remain controversial, yet no one contradicts the fact that he was a forward-looking and educated man.
With that, let us read some of his best sayings and quotes.
Time is a game played beautifully by children.
A child always uses his time in doing things that he loves. He gets excited by little things. He doesn't need the whole world to remain happy. He lives solely in the present.
That is how a human being must live his life. He must utilize his valuable time by doing things he loves.
No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.
The river always continues to flow, and a man too continues to grow and change. We become a slight bit new every day.
That is why a man can never step into a river twice because neither the river nor the man remains the same as before.
The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change –
Nothing in this world is eternal. You cannot remain the same person forever. You learn new things, you gain new things, and at the same time, you lose things.
Time changes, and with time your life changes.
Even nature grows new. Nothing in this world is constant.
Much learning does not teach understanding.
No matter how many books we read or learn new things, as long as we don't gain the depth and real meaning of things, it doesn't foster understanding in our minds.
To gain understanding, we must practice our knowledge. The practical implication of our education is a must, for it becomes fruitful.
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Man's character is his fate.
How man designs his character reflects how his life will be. The law of attraction states the same. Our thought process navigates our reality.
Be a truthful person, be a hard-working person; only then will you be able to find a meaningful life.
Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.
No matter how much is the volume of your education, it doesn't provide you sanity as long as you don't use it in the right and noble way.
You must employ your knowledge to bring a change in civilization. You must use your knowledge to discover new ways of living. Only then it will make you wise.
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.
You mould in the shape that matches your beliefs. Think about giving in to your fears, and you will become a coward.
Believe in achieving the world, and you will be framed as a warrior.
Hence try to eliminate the thoughts of negativity, envy, despair. You must believe in kindness and harmony. You will become a bright person.
The sun is new each day.
Your today can be renewed tomorrow. This quote represents that every day is new, and it brings new probabilities.
Use the new opportunities wisely. Never give up hope. If you made mistakes today, you would have a new morning to correct them. You can take new steps to make yourself a more refined person.
The waking have one world in common; sleepers have each a private world of his own.
The side of the world that is catching the daytime is living in the same world, the same alive world. But the part of the world where it is night-time are sleeping and dreaming. And in their dreams, they are living in a whole different world. They are attaining a variety of fantasies.
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To get everything you want is not a good thing. The disease makes health seem sweet. Hunger leads to the appreciation of being full-fed. Tiredness creates the enjoyment of resting.
You need to go through a hard time, you need to suffer, you need to cry, you need to go through heartbreak to feel real happiness.
Only after night does the sun rises. You must feel an emptiness to be able to feel complete.
The road up and the road down is one and the same.
Heraclitus had always been vocal about the unity of the opposites. As per his saying, even when the opposites are not in the same direction, they work together. They live together. That creates balance.
I searched myself.
No one can be what they want to be unless they truly find out who they are.
A person must learn to find their true self. Search your inner mastery.
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.
You cannot wake up and convert into a righteous person. You must strive for it. You must do little by little. You must start with little steps.
A person has to flow with calmness and understand the true meaning of his existence.
It takes time for good things to be created.
Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
It is never late to make a difference. You are never old enough to pace towards a new destination.
If you want you can learn new things, anytime, any day. You can become a new person. You just need to be passionate about it.
You can transform your blunders and flaws into lessons. Then learn from it to renew yourself.
Dog bark at what they don't understand.
It is quite evident that when a person doesn't understand a thing, he makes himself vocally howl.
People make chaos when they are not knowledgeable enough to take a stand.
Just like a dog.
So never give in to this drama. Continue stretching on your prospects.
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Other men are unaware of what they do when they are awake just as they are forgetful of what they do when they are asleep.
Some people are so oblivious about themselves and their world that they don't discern the meaning of their existence. They are nothing but vain statues.
They don't capture things. They don't know what they want their future to be.
They act like a person asleep.
If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it; for it is hard to be sought out and difficult.
You must be ready for unexpected ventures. Your life will throw new ordeals in your journey, which will provide you wisdom and purpose.
Never be afraid of the new adventures that come your way, or else you will not be able to shape your life the way you want.
You make your destiny by going to new places.
Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.
You are nothing but your choices. What you choose and do, makes you a little bit more.
Your thought process contributes to building you.
On the verge of your life, you will be a person established by the decisions of your life and by the motivations behind it.
Your integrity is your destiny.
The fabric of the person you are will determine your fate. What you do today will destine you to your tomorrow.
Be an honest man, and you will have a more radiant future. The strips of your integrity will mould you for what becomes your destiny.
Big results require big ambitions.
You cannot dream for a pond and receive an ocean. You must target the sky. Never hold yourself from dreaming big.
With gleaming hope, make your ambitions as grand as they could be. Only then will you able to earn your destination.