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Single Idea 426

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 1. Relativism]

Full Idea

Sea-water is the purest and the most polluted: for fish it is drinkable and life-giving; for men, not drinkable and destructive.

Gist of Idea

Sea water is life-giving for fish, but not for people


Heraclitus (fragments/reports [c.500 BCE], B061), quoted by Hippolytus - Refutation of All Heresies 9.10.5

Book Reference

'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers', ed/tr. Freeman,Kathleen [Harvard 1957], p.29