Heraclitus on Soul

The Monist 69 (3):305-314 (1986)
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What Heraclitus said about soul can be quickly set out: 1. One would never discover the limits of soul, should one traverse every road—so deep a measure does it possess. 2. For souls it is death to become water, and for water death to become earth. Water comes into existence out of earth, and soul out of water. 3. Whenever a man is drunk, he is led along, stumbling, by a beardless boy; he does not perceive where he is going, because his soul is wet. 4. Poor witnesses for people are eyes and ears if they possess uncomprehending souls. 5. A flash of light a dry soul, wisest and best. 6. For souls it is joy or death to become wet. 7. It is difficult to fight passion, for whatever it wishes it buys at the price of soul.



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