There are forces in nature called Love and Hate. The force of Love causes elements to be attracted to each other and to be built up into some particular form or person, and the force of Hate causes the decomposition of things.

— Empedocles

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For before this I was born once a boy, and a maiden, and a plant, and a bird, and a darting fish in the sea.


At one time through love all things come together into one, at another time through strife s hatred, they are borne each of them apart.


Having glimpsed a small part of life, men rise up and disappear as smoke, knowing only what each one has learned.


Blessed is he who has acquired a wealth of divine wisdom, but miserable he in whom there rests a dim opinion concerning the gods.


Many fires burn below the surface.


What is lawful is not binding only on some and not binding on others.

Lawfulness extends everywhere, through the wide-ruling air and the boundless light of the sky.


God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.


[On the volcano.] And many a fire there burns beneath the ground.


Earth's sweat, the sea.


The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.


The sea is the sweat of the earth.


The force that unites the elements to become all things is Love, also called Aphrodite; Love brings together dissimilar elements into a unity, to become a composite thing. Love is the same force that human beings find at work in themselves whenever they feel joy, love and peace. Strife, on the other hand, is the force responsible for the dissolution of the one back into its many, the four elements of which it was composed.


About Empedocles

Quotes 20 sayings
Nationality Greek
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

Happy is he who has gained the wealth of divine thoughts, wretched is he whose beliefs about the gods are dark.


None of the gods has formed the world, nor has any man, it has always been.


What is right may properly be uttered even twice.


Iris from sea brings wind or mighty rain.


Various accounts of Empedocle's death are given in ancient sources.

His enemies said that his desire to be thought a god led him to throw himself into the crater of Mount Etna so that he might vanish from the world completely and thus lead men to believe he had achieved apotheosis. Unfortunately the volcano defeated his design by throwing out one of the philosopher's sandals.


There is an utterance of Necessity, an ancient decree of the gods, eternal, sealed fast with broad oaths: whenever any one defiles his body sinfully with bloody gore or perjures himself in regard to wrong-doing, one of those spirits who are heir to long life, thrice ten thousand seasons shall he wander apart from the blessed, being born meantime in all sorts of mortal forms, changing one bitter path of life for another.


Each man believes only his experience.