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Published on Nov 23, 2009
Heraclitus Fragments on Nature Translated by Brooks Haxton I am as I am not. §32. The sun is new again, all day. §36. By cosmic rule, as day yields night, so winter summer, war peace, plenty famine. All things change. Fire penetrates the lump of myrrh, until the joining bodies dies and rise again in smoke. §37. If everything were turned to smoke, the nose would be the seat of judgment. §39. What was cold soon warms, and what is warm soon cools. So moisture dries, and dry things drown. §40. What was scattered, gathers. What was gathered, blows apart. §41. The river where you set your foot just now is gone—those waters giving way to this, now this, and now this. Constantly changing—nothing last in permanence! §42. The poet was a fool who wanted no conflict among us, whether gods or people. Harmony needs low and high, as progeny needs a man and a woman. §43. War is father of all things. §44. The mind, to think of the accord that strains against itself, needs strength, as does the arm to string the bow (or lyre). §45. From the strain of binding opposites comes harmony. §49. Under the comb, the tangle and the straight hair (path) are the same. §51. The sea is both pure and tainted, healthy and good haven to the fish, to men impotable and deadly.