Xenophanes Quote-6th Century BC

By Glenda | August 10, 2010

“The Ethiops say that their gods are flat-nosed and black.

While the Thracians say that theirs have blue eyes and red hair.

Yet if cattle or horses or lions had hands and could draw

And could sculpture like men, then the horses would draw their gods

Like horses, and cattle like cattle, and each would then shape

Bodies of gods in the likeness, each kind, of its own.

(Translation from the original Greek by 20th century philosopher Karl Popper)

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