There is a strange Greek statue which has disappeared completely. But it could be reconstructed today from a stone inscription which used to be the base on which the statue stood. That inscription is a very unusual one: it makes the statue talk to you while you are reading the text.

Here is what is says:

Formerly part of the Borghese collection ; pur...

Formerly part of the Borghese collection ; purchased in 1807. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“What is your name, O statue?”

“I am called OPPORTUNITY.”

“Who made you?”


“Why are you standing on your toes?”

“To show how quickly I pass by.”

“Why is your hair so long on your forehead?”

“So that people may hold on to me when they meet me.”

“Why, then, is your head so bald in the back?”

“To show that when I have once passed, I cannot be caught.”

“And what is your name again?”


— after Aesop

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:10)