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 (hĕr′ə-klī′təs) fl. 500 bc.
Early Greek philosopher who maintained that strife and change are the natural conditions of the universe.

Her′a·cli′te·an (-tē-ən) adj.


(Biography) ?535–?475 bc, Greek philosopher, who held that fire is the primordial substance of the universe and that all things are in perpetual flux


(ˌhɛr əˈklaɪ təs)

( “the Obscure” ) c540–c470 B.C., Greek philosopher.
Her`a•cli′te•an (-ti ən) adj.
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Noun1.Heraclitus - a presocratic Greek philosopher who said that fire is the origin of all things and that permanence is an illusion as all things are in perpetual flux (circa 500 BC)Heraclitus - a presocratic Greek philosopher who said that fire is the origin of all things and that permanence is an illusion as all things are in perpetual flux (circa 500 BC)


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Heraclitus saith well in one of his enigmas, Dry light is ever the best.
But of all persons who are most likely to entertain designs against the person of a tyrant, those are chiefly to be feared and guarded against who regard as nothing the loss of their own lives, so that they can but accomplish their purpose: be very careful therefore of those who either think themselves affronted, or those who are dear to them; for those who are excited by anger to revenge regard as nothing their own persons: for, as Heraclitus says, it is dangerous to fight with an angry man who will purchase with his life the thing he aims at.
But the highest minds of the world have never ceased to explore the double meaning, or shall I say the quadruple or the centuple or much more manifold meaning, of every sensuous fact; Orpheus, Empedocles, Heraclitus, Plato, Plutarch, Dante, Swedenborg, and the masters of sculpture, picture, and poetry.
Heraclitus looked upon the affections as dense and colored mists.
This band of grandees, Hermes, Heraclitus, Empedocles, Plato, Plotinus, Olympiodorus, Proclus, Synesius and the rest, have somewhat so vast in their logic, so primary in their thinking, that it seems antecedent to all the ordinary distinctions of rhetoric and literature, and to be at once poetry and music and dancing and astronomy and mathematics.
Greek philosopher Heraclitus posited that a man could never step in the same river twice.
It shows the ancient philosophers Heraclitus and Democritus, signified by their traditional attributes of weeping and laughing.
It reminds me of what Heraclitus said -- that no man ever steps in the same river twice.
As Heraclitus (a friend from the old neighbourhood) used to say, no one can ever step in the same river twice.
Words written around 2,500 years ago by philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus that have echoed over millennia and are yet still absolutely relevant to this day.
As this well-known Heraclitus quote implies, change faces everyone--everywhere and every day.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus (born 535 BC) had a great metaphor to explain how the only thing that doesn't change is change itself.