Nationality: Greek
Type: Philosopher
Born: 544 BC
Died: 483 BC


  • There is nothing permanent except change.
  • No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.
  • 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.
  • If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.
  • Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses.
  • 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.
  • A man’s character is his fate.
  • Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.
  • Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
  • 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.
  • Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.
  • Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe.
  • You cannot step into the same river twice.
  • A man’s character is his guardian divinity.
  • Change alone is unchanging.
  • Character is destiny.
  • Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
  • Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
  • The way up and the way down are one and the same.
  • You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
  • Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things.
  • Bigotry is the sacred disease.

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