By Brooks Haxton
Fragments of knowledge from the traditional world
In the 6th century b.c.-twenty-five hundred years earlier than Einstein-Heraclitus of Ephesus declared that power is the essence of subject, that every thing turns into power in flux, in relativity. His nice e-book, On Nature, the world's first coherent philosophical treatise and touchstone for Plato, Aristotle, and Marcus Aurelius, has lengthy been misplaced to history-but its surviving fragments have for millions of years tantalized our best thinkers, from Montaigne to Nietzsche, Heidegger to Jung. Now, acclaimed poet Brooks Haxton provides a strong free-verse translation of all a hundred thirty surviving fragments of the lessons of Heraclitus, with the traditional Greek originals fantastically reproduced en face.
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Ninety six The behavior of data isn't human yet divine. ninety seven The language of a grown guy, to the cosmic powers, seems like babytalk to males. ninety eight To a god the knowledge of the wisest guy sounds apish. good looks in a human face seems to be apish too. In every thing we now have attained the distinction of apes. ninety nine The ape apes locate most lovely seems apish to non-apes. a hundred humans should struggle to maintain their legislation as to guard the city’s partitions. a hundred and one The luckiest males die valuable deaths. 102 Gods, like males, revere the men who die for them in conflict. 103 Insolence wishes drowning worse than wildfire. 104 continually having what we'd like will not be the easiest success. overall healthiness turns out sweetest after disease, foodstuff in starvation, goodness within the wake of evil, and on the finish of daylong exertions sleep. one zero five craving hurts, and what unlock may possibly come of it feels very like demise. 106 everybody should comprehend themselves and everybody be totally aware. 107 To be evenminded is the best advantage. knowledge is to talk the reality and act in accordance with its nature. 108 to not be particularly this type of idiot sounds reliable. The trick, with a lot wine and simple corporation, is how. 109 Stupidity is best stored a mystery than displayed. a hundred and ten Sound considering is to pay attention good and select one plan of action. 111 What use are those people’s wits, who enable themselves be led by way of speechmakers, in crowds, with no contemplating what number fools and thieves they're between, and the way few decide on the nice? the easiest select development towards something, a reputation endlessly commemorated through the gods, whereas others devour their means towards sleep like anonymous oxen. 112 no longer faraway from the traditional urban of Miletus lived the son of Teutamas, whose identify was once Bias. i'd have it identified, this one guy greater than others earned the great esteem of priceless humans. 113 supply me one guy from between 10000, if he be the easiest. 114 As for the Ephesians, i might have them, youths, elders, and all these among, cross grasp themselves, leaving town within the abler fingers of kids. With banishment of Hermodoros they are saying, No guy will be worthier than normal. hence, my fellow voters claim, whoever may search excellence can locate it somewhere else between others. a hundred and fifteen canine, through this similar common sense, bark at what they can not comprehend. 116 what's now not but identified these blinded via undesirable religion can by no means examine. 117 Stupidity is doomed, as a result, to balk at each syllable of knowledge. 118 whereas those that mouth excessive speak might imagine themselves high-minded, justice retains the e-book on hypocrites and liars. a hundred and twenty Unus dies par omni est. 119 Homer I deem useful— in an ordeal by means of wrestle— of fine cudgeling, and Archilochos an analogous. a hundred and twenty Any day stands equivalent to the remaining. 121 One’s bearing shapes one’s destiny. 122 After loss of life comes not anything was hoping for nor imagined. 123 The revenant retains watch over the useless and dwelling. 124 Nightwalker, magus, and their entourage, bacchants and mystics of the wine press, with stained faces and damp wits .