Posted by ESC on January 16, 2003
In Reply to: What does this phrase mean? posted by Joshua on January 16, 2003
: In the shop of a sightless jeweler, the ruby and pebble are one?
Have you heard this old joke: "Mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter." If you can't distinguish between two things, then to you they are the same. If you have no taste for wine, then a cheap version is the same as the most expensive. It is similar to:
ALL CATS ARE GRAY IN THE DARK -- "Things are indistinguishable at night. Used in a variety of contexts. Listed in John Heywood's book of proverbs as 'When all candles be out, all cats be gray.' First cited in the United States in 'Papers of Benjamin Franklin' .(the proverb) sometimes has a sexual connotation." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996). In other words, when the lights are out, everyone is beautiful/handsome.
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