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„All things were together, infinite both in number and in smallness; for the small too was infinite.“
Frag. B 1, quoted in John Burnet's Early Greek Philosophy, (1920), Chapter 6.
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Frag. B 12, quoted in John Burnet's Early Greek Philosophy, (1920), Chapter 6.
„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, Vol.1 http://books.google.com/books?id=pUgXAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA284 (1838)
„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.
„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.
„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.