My husband couldn't be expected to keep sleeping, in the wee hours of last night, when I happened upon this one. I elbowed him awake to share, courtesy of Edith Wharton by lamplight :
"There once was a man who had seen the Parthenon, and he wished to build his god a temple like it. But he was not a skillful man, and, try as he would, he could produce only a mud hut thatched with straw; and he sat down and wept because he could not build a temple for his god. But one who passed by said to him: "There are two worse plights than yours. One is to have no god; the other is to build a mud hut and mistake it for the Parthenon." "