Thoughts on Heraclitus Quote

First, let us get to know Heraclitus better. Heraclitus of Ephesus was bon 535 BC. He lived in the city of Ephesus (in modern day Turkey) and was a pre-Socratic Ionian Greek Philosopher. His main interests were Metaphysics, ethics, politics, and cosmology. His only notable work is called “on Nature”. He died 475 BC.

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man”


What did he mean by that? Well, I have an idea and I want to share it with you. If you have an opinion that you want to share, you can always contact me on Instagram or via email (you can find the links on the website under the menu-point ‘contacts’) and I will share it either here or in my Story on Instagram.

For me and for many others this quote is about the never stopping change in the universe. The river changes and so does the man and so does everything that exists. Change is inevitable and necessary.

“Why?”, you might ask.

Imagine a river. If the water stops, the river would not be a river anymore. It would dry out, or it would turn into a very long lake. For a river to be a river the water needs to move in a certain direction, and therefore it changes constantly.

And the same counts for the part of the quote that includes the change of man. If we would not change, we would rod, because our skin would not renew. We need change. We are change.

How fast do we change?

I believe that we are constantly changing. To an extent where I think there is no chance, we are the same person today as we were yesterday. Every moment of your life, everything you see, hear, or feel changes you slightly. Some things change more than others. I am thinking of the death of close ones, a breakup or when you get fired.

That is just my opinion and if you disagree let me know your opinion. I am already excited to hear your thoughts!

Of course, there are some other opinions to. Permenides for example said that change is an illusion, things can either be or not be.

Something to think about:

“If you replace all boards on a ship over time, to the point where one day none of the boards that make up the current ship were on the original ship, is it still the same ship?”