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Re: Phrases as they may have been written

Posted by TheFallen on February 14, 2003

In Reply to: Phrases as they may have been written posted by brandon on February 14, 2003

: I am having trouble finding the ending to each of these proverbs....i would appreciate any help.thank you,brandon............HAPPY THE BRIDE WHO....,THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS.....,AND WHEN THE BLIND LEADETH THE WAY.....

Two of the above as follws:-

"There are none so blind as those that will not see."

Here's a quick paste from this site's archives about the above phrase:-

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"Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996). Mr. Titelman agrees that this saying has its roots in the Bible, specifically Jer. 5:21 (King James version): "Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not."

"There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know. The proverb has been traced back in English to 1546 (John Heywood), and resembles the Biblical verse quoted (above). In 1738, it was used by Jonathan Swift in his 'Polite Conversation,' and is first attested in the United States in the 1713 'Works of Thomas Chalkley'..."

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"And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

This one's much simpler to trace, being a straight Biblical quotation (Matthew 15:14).