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Anaxagoras z Klazomen alebo Anaxagorás z Klazomen bol grécky predsokratovský filozof, ktorý preniesol filozofiu z maloázijských miest do Atén, kde prežil tridsať rokov a ktoré musel opustiť, pretože ho obvinili z bezbožnosti. Uchýlil sa do mesta Lampsakos, kde zomrel. Bol učiteľom a priateľom Perikla a priateľom Euripida. Jeho žiakom bol Archelaos a Metrodoros z Lampsaku.
„Wrongly do the Greeks suppose that aught begins or ceases to be; for nothing comes into being or is destroyed; but all is an aggregation or secretion of pre-existent things: so that all-becoming might more correctly be called becoming-mixed, and all corruption, becoming-separate.“
quoted in Heinrich Ritter, Tr. from German by Alexander James William Morrison, The History of Ancient Philosophy, [http://books.google.com/books?id=pUgXAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA284 Vol.1] (1838) <!--Madison Smartt Bell in [http://books.google.com/books?id=XPyFm5vePfoC Lavoisier in the Year One: The Birth of a New Science in an Age of Revolution] 2005-->
„The Greeks follow a wrong usage in speaking of coming into being and passing away; for nothing comes into being or passes away, but there is mingling and separation of things that are. So they would be right to call coming into being mixture, and passing away separation.“
Frag. B 17, quoted in John Burnet's Early Greek Philosophy, (1920), Chapter 6.
„And since these things are so, we must suppose that there are contained many things and of all sorts in the things that are uniting, seeds of all things, with all sorts of shapes and colours and savours“
Frag. B 4, quoted in John Burnet's Early Greek Philosophy, (1920), Chapter 6.
Frag. B 12, quoted in John Burnet's Early Greek Philosophy, (1920), Chapter 6.
„Thought is something limitless and independent, and has been mixed with no thing but is alone by itself.... What was mingled with it would have prevented it from having power over anything in the way in which it does.... For it is the finest of all things and the purest.“
Frag. B12, in Jonathan Barnes, Early Greek Philosophy (1984), p. 190.