Famous Desiderius Erasmus Quote

“In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.”

~ Desiderius Erasmus

Adagia (III, IV, 96)

Ratings and Comments

David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood

Perhaps this is true only so as long as the one-eyed man leans more toward his opportunistic side than his socially responsible side.

Mike, Norwalk

I've researched the political Optomitrist's office, not many with just one patch walking around.

E Archer, NYC

It seems to me that the real 'king' is unseen and is far from having only one eye. The trick is to keep people's servitude a secret in plain sight. So that whatever they look at, they will 'see' what the king wants them to see. "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is."


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