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They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XV, v. 14)

Ye have a world of light,
  When love in the loved rejoices;
    But the blind man's home is the house of night,
      And its beings are empty voices.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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!
      - Colley Cibber, The Blind Boy

O happiness of blindness! now no beauty
  Inflames my lust; no other's goods my envy,
    Or misery my pity; no man's wealth
      Draws my respect; nor poverty my scorn,
        Yet still I see enough! man to himself
          Is a large prospect, raised above the level
            Of his low creeping thoughts; if then I have
              A world within myself, that world shall be
                My empire; there I'll reign, commanding freely,
                  And willingly obey'd, secure from fear
                    Of foreign forces, or domestic treasons.
      - Sir John Denham

You cannot see the mountain near.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

None so blind as those that will not see.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (Jeremiah, XX)

Dispel this cloud, the light of heaven restore;
  Give me to see, and Ajax asks no more.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XVII, l. 730), (Pope's translation)

He does not weep who does not see.
      - Victor Hugo

My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.
      - Helen Adams Keller

The blindness of men is the most dangerous effect of their pride; it seems to nourish and augment it; it deprives them of knowledge of remedies which can solace their miseries and can cure their faults.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
  Blind among enemies, O worse than chains,
    Dungeon, or beggary, or decrepit age!
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 67)

O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,
  Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse
    Without all hope of day!
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 80)

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, not bate a jot
              Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
                Right onward.
      - John Milton, Sonnet XXII (l. 1)

I have only one eye,--I have a right to be blind sometimes . . . I really do not see the signal!
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        Life of Nelson (ch. 7),
        at the battle of Copenhagen

He whom nature thus bereaves,
  Is ever fancy's favourite child;
    For thee enchanted dreams she weaves
      Of changeful beauty, bright and wild.
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

Blessed are the blind, for they know not enough to ask why.
      - Joseph Ernest Renan

He that is strucken blind cannot forget
  The precious treasure of his eyesight lost.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at I, i)

This fellow must have a rare understanding;
  For nature recompenseth the defects
    Of one part with redundance in another;
      Blind men have excellent memories, and the tongue
        Thus indisposed, there's treasure in the intellect.
      - James Shirley

There's none so blind as they that won't see.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue III)

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision.
      - Stevie Wonder

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.
      - William Wordsworth,
        Miscellaneous Sonnets, Pt. II, Scorn Not the Sonnet; Critic, You Have Frowned

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