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No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so.

No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so.

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.

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.

It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man. ---->>>

It isn't right to judge strength as better than good wisdom.

It isn't right to judge strength as better than good wisdom.

God is one, greatest of gods and men, not like mortals in body or thought.

God is one, greatest of gods and men, not like mortals in body or thought.

There is one God - supreme among gods and men - who is like mortals in neither body nor mind. ---->>>

The gods did not reveal, from the beginning, all things to us. ---->>>

Men create the gods in their own image. ---->>>

But if cattle and horses or lions had hands, or were able to draw with their hands and do the work that men can do, horses would draw the forms of the gods like horses, and cattle like cattle, and they would make their bodies such as they each had themselves. ---->>>

All men begin their learning with Homer. ---->>>

Better than the strength of men and horses is our wisdom. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Greek
Born: 570 BC
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Die: 480 BC
Occupation: Philosopher
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Xenophanes of Colophon (; Ancient Greek: Ξενοφάνης ὁ Κολοφώνιος [ksenopʰánɛːs ho kolopʰɔ̌ːnios]; c. 570 – c. 475 BC) 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 (wikipedia)