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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.
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(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
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(ˌhɛr əˈklaɪ təs)

( “the Obscure” ) c540–c470 B.C., Greek philosopher.
Her`a•cli′te•an (-ti ən) adj.
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Heraclitus looked upon the affections as dense and colored mists.
When at long intervals we turn over their abstruse pages, wonderful seems the calm and grand air of these few, these great spiritual lords who have walked in the world,--these of the old religion,--dwelling in a worship which makes the sanctities of Christianity look parvenues and popular; for "persuasion is in soul, but necessity is in intellect." 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.
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.
(13.) Of Engels, Bataile writes, "if a part of Anti-Duhring is criticizable, it is that part in which figure the examples of 'the negation of the negation.'" Of Heraclitus, he writes, "it must be admitted that the dialectic has other antecedents than Heraclitus, Plato, or Fichte," choosing to emphasize instead the gnostics and neoplatonist mystics, by means of whom Bataille can slough off Hegelian dialecticism's "diversity in identity, or identity in diversity," for a form of revolutionary historical change based on negation itself.
34 and 114) is a reference to one of the most famous dicta of Heraclitus (about whom Ball had fairly definite views), or that the chapter 'Der Verwesungsdirigent' was written in direct response to Gottfried Benn's Der Vermessungsdirigent.
"No one," Heraclitus also said, "can step twice in the same river." And so we must cope with change.
Echoing the thoughts of Heraclitus, Matter of Form presents a world in a constant state of change.
We may surmise that Parmenides was somewhat younger than Heraclitus (fl.
It is also like the river with no end That flows and remains and is the mirror of one same Inconstant Heraclitus, who is the same And is another, like the river with no end.
I thought about that when I first read the fragments of the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus: "Everything flows and nothing abides; everything gives way and nothing stays fixed." He also said that lovers of wisdom--philosophers--should "acquaint themselves with a great many particulars." There are a great many particular ways to move.