“‘Tis true my form is something odd,
but blaming me is blaming god.
Could I create myself anew,
I would not fail in pleasing you.
Was I so tall, could reach the pole,
or grasp the ocean with a span;
I would be measured by the soul.
The mind’s the standard of the man.”
a poem often quoted by Joseph Carey Merrick
A.K.A. The Elephant Man
Here’s a good video about the real Joseph Merrick and how factual the movie was.
Here’s the entire special