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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A man's character is his fate.
A man's character is his guardian divinity.
Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.
All if flux, nothing stays still.
Character is our destiny.
Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung.
Even sleepers are workers and collaborators on what goes on in the universe.
Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.
If it were not for injustice, men would not know justice.
Immortal mortals, mortal immortals, one living the others death and dying the others life.
It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.
It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.
Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.
Much learning does not teach understanding.
Nature is wont to hide herself.
Nothing endures but change.
Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.
The road up and the road down is one and the same.
There is nothing permanent except change.
To God all things are beautiful, good, and right human beings, on the other hand, deem some things right and others wrong. It would not be better if things happened to people just as they wish.
We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play.
You can never step into the same river for new waters are always flowing on to you.
You could not step twice into the same river for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

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