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Posted by R. Berg on November 11, 2002

In Reply to: Re: There’ s none so blind as those who won’t see. posted by Bob on November 11, 2002

: : : Could someone please tell me the origin (author) of the phrase, "There' s none so blind as those who won't see. ".
: : : Sincerely,
: : : Bede Cleary

: : Jonathan Swift

: Is the wording correct? I can't find the quote on the usual sources. I seem to remember it as "There's none so blind as he who will not see." which makes a tidy line of iambic pentameter. "... won't see" sounds clunky at the end. (That doesn't mean it isn't correct, of course....)

The archives have "There are none so blind as those who will not see": http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/5/messages/1615.html (link below).