Top 10 Empedocles Quotes

Empedocles(c. 490 – c. 430 BC) was a Greek philosopher and was regarded by Aristotle as the inventor of rhetoric. He is best known for his theory that the world is made of four roots or elements: air, earth, fire, and water. He believed that Love and Strife were the two divine forces that can bring together or separate the four elements.

Here are the Empedocles’ top ten greatest quotes:


Each man believes only his experience.


No mortal thing has a beginning, nor does it end in death and obliteration; there is only a mixing and then separating of what was mixed, but by mortal men these processes are named ‘beginnings.’


Many fires burn below the surface.


Though we have two eyes, our vision is one.


What is right may properly be uttered even twice.


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.


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


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


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.

Thank you Empedocles!

Interesting Empedocles Facts:

  • He was a vegetarian.
  • He believed in reincarnation.
  • It is believed that he jumped into Mount Etna, where he perished.

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