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Quotation by Xenophanes
Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 21B15 Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 21B23 fragments 5 and 6 Philosophers Speak for Themselves, T.V. Smith, University of Chicago Press, Chicago (1934) Quoted in Clement [second century A.D.], Miscellanies 5.110, Readings in Ancient Greek Philosophy, trans. by R.D. McKirahan, Jr., eds., S. Marc Cohen, Patricia Curd, and C.D.C. Reeve, Hackett Publishing Co. (1995)
If oxen and horses and lions had hands and were able to draw with their hands and do the same things as men, horses would draw the shapes of gods to look like horses and oxen would draw them to look like oxen, and each would make the gods bodies have the same shape as they themselves had.
Xenophanes (c. 570–478 B.C.), Greek philosopher, poet. Diels-Kranz, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 21B15.
Xenophanes is best known for attacks on conventional materialistic ideas about ethics and religion and for his own monotheistic ideas.
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