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  • Heraclitus fl. 500 B.C. Early Greek philosopher who maintained that strife and change are the natural conditions of the universe.

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  • proper n. An ancient Greek philosopher.

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  • n. 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)

Etymologies

From Latin Hēraclītus, from Ancient Greek Ἡράκλειτος (Hērakleitos). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To paraphrase Heraclitus, what is in conflict actually is consensus, in a harmony of opposites, of tensions.

    Stoicism, Sophistry and Sodomy

  • In Novalis the idea of a marriage of the seasons recalls Heraclitus as well as prefiguring the Eternal Return.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The Stoics (from 300 B.C.) adopted the word logos and the idea of Heraclitus, that the logos is the reasonable order that rules in the world.

    The Johannine Writings

  • A weeping statue was Democritus; another, with grinning mouth, was labelled Heraclitus; an old man with a long beard was Sappho; and an old woman, Avicenna; and so on.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • Borges's poem "Heraclitus" translated by Thomas Frick

    Happy Birthday Señor Borges

  • This article began with a quote from Heraclitus which is perhaps applicable to the political situation here in the north: politics is in a state of great flux.

    "THE SDLP’S CHALLENGE"

  • This resonates with the ideas of some early Greek philosophers, such as Heraclitus, who maintained that, "All is flux" and "You can't step into the same river twice."

    Daily Dharma: All is flux

  • After speaking of those men who have disturbed the world and then died, and of the death of philosophers such as Heraclitus and Democritus, who was destroyed by lice, and of Socrates, whom other lice (his enemies) destroyed, he says: “What means all this?

    The Philosophy of Antoninus, by George Long, M. A

  • After speaking of those men who have disturbed the world and then died, and of the death of philosophers such as Heraclitus and Democritus, who was destroyed by lice, and of Socrates whom other lice (his enemies) destroyed, he says: "What means all this?

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

  • After speaking of those men who have disturbed the world and then died, and of the death of philosophers such as Heraclitus, and Democritus, who was destroyed by lice, and of Socrates whom other lice (his enemies) destroyed, he says: "What means all this?

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius

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