Herakleitos

I love Herakleitos. Here are some quotes.*

Fragment 5: Our understanding of the greatest matters will never be complete.

57: Many people learn nothing from what they see and experience, nor do they understand what they hear explained, but imagine that they have.

61: Men are not intelligent, the gods are intelligent.

63: The gods presence in the world goes unnoticed by men who do not believe in the gods.

72: Fire catches up with everything, in time.

74: There are gods here too.

79: There is a madness in the Sybill’s voice, her words are gloomy, ugly, and rough, but they are true for a thousand years, because a god speaks through her.

School of Athens, Raphael. Michelangelo was the model for the philosopher here.
School of Athens, Raphael. Michelangelo was the model for the philosopher here.

*From Guy Davenport’s translations in 7 Greeks (New Directions).

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