Thursday, June 30, 2011


Great Brutes

Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883), letter to Bernard Barton (October 20, 1839):
I have gone through Homer's Iliad—sorry to have finished it. The accounts of the Zoolu people, with Dingarn their king, etc., give one a very good idea of the Homeric heroes, who were great brutes: but superior to the Gods who governed them: which also has been the case with most nations. It is a lucky thing that God made Man, and that Man has not to make God: we should fare badly, judging by the specimens already produced—Frankenstein Monster Gods, formed out of the worst and rottenest scraps of humanity—gigantic—and to turn destructively upon their Creators—
But be ye of good cheer! I have overcome the world—
So speaks a gentle voice.

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