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The one-eyed man

Posted by Bob on September 17, 2003

In Reply to: The one-eyed man posted by ESC 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

There was (in the '60s if I remember correctly) (insert '60s memory joke here) a wonderful little satirical magazine which unfortunately didn't last long, who used this quote as its motto. The magazine was called, of course, Monocle.