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It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.
The sun comes into being each day from little pieces of fire that are collected.
All things that come into being and grow are earth and water.
One god, greatest among gods and men, similar to mortals neither in shape nor even in thought.
Mortals deem that the gods are begotten as they are,
and have clothes like theirs, and voice and form.
Ethiopians say that their gods are snubnosed and black
Thracians that they are pale and red-haired.
Homer and Hesiod attributed to the gods everything that is a shame and a reproach among men.
But if cattle and horses and lions had hands
or could paint with their hands and create works such as men do,
horses like horses and cattle like cattle
also would depict the gods' shapes and make their bodies
of such a sort as the form they themselves have.
If cattle and horses, or lions, had hands, or were able to draw with their feet and produce the works which men do, horses would draw the forms of gods like horses, and cattle like cattle, and they would make the gods' bodies the same shape as their own.
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Xenophanes of Colophon was a Greek philosopher, theologian, poet, and social and religious critic. Xenophanes lived a life of travel, having left Ionia at the age of 25 and continuing to travel throughout the Greek world for another 67 years.
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