You cannot step in the same river twice  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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"You cannot step in the same river twice" is a dictum by Heraclitus.

  • δὶς ἐς τὸν αὐτὸν ποταμὸν οὐκ ἂν ἐμβαίης.
    • You could not step twice into the same river.
    • As quoted in Plato, Cratylus, 402a
  • τὰ ὄντα ἰέναι τε πάντα καὶ μένειν οὐδέν
    • All entities move and nothing remains still.
    • As quoted by Plato in Cratylus, 401d
    • Variant translations:
      You cannot step twice into the same river; for other waters are continually flowing in.
      You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
      You cannot step twice into the same stream. For as you are stepping in, other waters are ever flowing on to you.
      You cannot step twice into the same river.
      You cannot step into the same river twice.
      It is impossible to step into the same river twice.
      No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

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