Apollonios of Tyana in Rhodes

Apollonios was speaking
about proper education and culture
with a young man building a luxury house in Rhodes.
"When I enter a temple,"
said the Tyanian finally, "even if it's a small one,
I'd much rather see
a gold and ivory statue there
than a statue of common clay in a large temple."

"Of common clay": how disgusting-
yet some (who haven't been adequately trained)
are taken in by what's bogus. Of common clay.

Constantine P. Cavafy

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