Heraclitus, fr.B52 DK
A mysterious fragment which Heidegger found especially interesting. As G.W. Most says, the sentence seems ‘to be performing a kind of verbal game’ with pieces of words being moved around ‘like checkers on a board’.
αἰὼν παῖς ἐστι παίζων, πεσσεύων· παιδὸς ἡ βασιληίη.
A lifetime is a child playing, moving pieces in a game; the kingly power is a child’s.