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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Anaxagoras
 
        [A philosopher of the Ionian school, born 500 B.C.; came to Athens, where he was the friend of Pericles, who saved his life from a charge of impiety; banished from Athens, he retired to Lampsacus, where he died 428.]
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Take it back: if he wished to keep the lamp alive, he should have administered the oil before.
          When Pericles sent him money, hearing that he was dying of want. He had left Athens with the words, “It is not I who lose the Athenians, but the Athenians me.”
  Being asked what should be done to honor him after death, he replied, “Give the boys a holiday.”
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