But if cattle and horses and lions had hands  

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But if cattle and horses and lions had hands is the incipit of a dictum by pre-Socratic philosopher Xenophanes arguing against the conception of gods as fundamentally anthropomorphic.

The full quote reads:

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.
...
Ethiopians say that their gods are snub–nosed [σιμούς] and black
Thracians that they are pale and red-haired.

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