Blindness

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Blindness is the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or neurological factors.

Quotes[edit]

  • In regione caecorum rex est luscus.
    • In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.
    • Desiderius Erasmus's Adagia (first published 1500, with numerous expanded editions through 1536), III, IV, 96
    • A similar (yet much earlier, dating to the 4th or 5th century CE) turn of phrase, and Erasmus' likely inspiration, appears in the Genesis Rabbah as "בשוק סמייא צווחין לעווירא סגי נהור", meaning "In the street of the blind, the one eyed man is called the Guiding Light".
  • The pain was maddening. You should pray to God when you're dying, if you can pray when you're in agony. In my dream I didn't pray to God, I thought of Roger and how dearly I loved him. The pain of those wicked flames was not half so bad as the pain I felt when I knew he was dead. I felt suddenly glad to be dying. I didn't know when you were burnt to death you'd bleed. I thought the blood would all dry up in the terrible heat. But I was bleeding heavily. The blood was dripping and hissing in the flames. I wished I had enough blood to put the flames out. The worst part was my eyes. I hate the thought of gong blind. It's bad enough when I'm awake but in dreams you can't shake the thoughts away. They remain. In this dream I was going blind. I tried to close my eyelids but I couldn't. They must have been burnt off, and now those flames were going to pluck my eyes out with their evil fingers, I didn't want to go blind. The flames weren't so cruel after all. They began to feel cold. Icy cold. It occurred to me that I wasn't burning to death but freezing to death.
  • As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
  • Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
  • Huey: That night I dreamt of a blind swordsman. He knows my every move yet he can not see. As my mind fights to make sense of the impossible, he has turned my sight into a liability. He has no just cause to want my life. There is no forethought, no logic in his actions. This isn't just any swordsman. This is the blind nigga samurai.
  • O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
    Blind among enemies, O worse than chains,
    Dungeon, or beggary, or decrepit age!
  • O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,
    Irrecoverably dark! total eclipse,
    Without all hope of day.
  • Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.
  • There's none so blind as they that won't see.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 72.
  • Oh, say! what is that thing call'd light,
    Which I must ne'er enjoy?
    What are the blessings of the sight?
    Oh, tell your poor blind boy!
  • None so blind as those that will not see.
  • Dispel this cloud, the light of heaven restore;
    Give me to see, and Ajax asks no more.
    • Homer, The Iliad, Book XVII, line 730. Pope's translation.
  • If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
    • Matthew, XV. 14.
  • These eyes, tho' clear
    To outward view of blemish or of spot,
    Bereft of light, their seeing have forgot,
    Nor to their idle orbs doth sight appear
    Of sun, or moon, or star, throughout the year,
    Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not
    Against Heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot
    Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
    Right onward.
  • And when a damp
    Fell round the path of Milton, in his hand
    The Thing became a trumpet; whence he blew
    Soul-animating strains—alas! too few.

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