Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883), letter to Bernard Barton (October 20, 1839):
I have gone through Homer's Iliadsorry 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 producedFrankenstein Monster Gods, formed out of the worst and rottenest scraps of humanitygiganticand to turn destructively upon their Creators
But be ye of good cheer! I have overcome the worldSo speaks a gentle voice.