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Posted by Lewis on September 22, 2003

In Reply to: The one-eyed man posted by Bob 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.

As somebody who has written for "Monocle" I can confirm it to have fallen from it's lofty perch of pretension to being a regional magazine, mainly purchased by the wealthier inhabitants of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. Not an exciting read, on the whole...