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The one-eyed man

Posted by ESC on September 17, 2003

In Reply to: The one-eyed king posted by EE on September 17, 2003

: I heard that this expression means a person who is not very smart but he is the best among his crowd already. The story is that all other people in a place are blind and therefore the only person with one eye became the king. Is the above true/correct? attributes the quote as follows:

"In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."
-- Desiderius Erasmus (1466?-1536), Dutch humanist), Adages