Parmenides Quotes

Who is Parmenides?

Parmenides of Elea was a pre-Socratic Greek monist philosopher who lived in the fifth century BC.

He is considered the founder of ontology or metaphysics and has influenced the whole history of Western philosophy.

Parmenides was the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy, which also included Zeno of Elea and Melissus of Samos.

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Best 26 Quotes by Parmenides

“A single narrable path remains: what it is. And on this road there are abundant signs.”

“And what need would have driven him to be born sooner or later, starting from nothing?”

“Being alone is and nothing is altogether not.”

“Change is an illusion.”

“Do not let habit, born from experience, force you along this road, directing aimless eye and echoing ear and tongue; but judge by reason the much contested proof which I have spoken.”

“Every thing is of the nature of no thing.”

“Everything that exists has always existed. Nothing can come from nothing. And something that exists can not be turned into anything either.”

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“For 'to be thought' and 'to be' are the same thing.”

“Gaze steadfastly at things which, though far away, are yet present to the mind.”

“Give me the power to produce fever and I’ll cure all disease.”

“It is necessary for you to learn all things, both the abiding essence of persuasive truth, and men's opinions in which rests no true belief.”

“Let reason alone decide.”

“Mortals have made up their minds to name two forms, one of which they should not name, and that is where they go astray from the truth.”

“Music that does not describe something is nothing but noise.”

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“Never will this prevail, that the things that are not are — bar your thought from this road of inquiry.”

“Nothing comes out of nothing.”

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“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior…”

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“Now that all things have been named light and night, and the names which belong to the power of each have been assigned to these things and to those, everything is full at once of light and dark night, both equal, since neither has ought to do with the other.”

“The universe, for those who knew how to embrace it from a single point of view, would not be, if it were allowed to say it, more than a single fact and a great truth.”

“There is one story left, one road: that it is. And on this road there are very many signs that, being, is uncreated and imperishable, whole, unique, unwavering, and complete.”

“To be and to have meaning are the same.”

“War is the art of destroying men, politics is the art of deceiving them.”

“We can speak and think only of what exists. And what exists is uncreated and imperishable for it is whole and unchanging and complete. It was not or nor shall be different since it is now, all at once, one and continuous.”

“When the seed comes from the right testis, sons look like their father, and from the left test*cle, like their mother.”

“Wherefore all these things are but the names which mortals have given, believing them to be true.”

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“It is the same thing that can be thought and for the sake of which the thought exists.”


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“It is all one to me where I begin;
for I shall come back again there.”

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“My intentions were good and that's what counts.”

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