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Monoculus Miscellany:
One-Eyed Quotes

I came across several of these single-eye quotations while researching the "One-Eyed Man Is King" proverb. Subtitles for this page: literary luscus, tuerto truisms, borgne bon mots, purblind proverbs, monops meditations, monophthalmic mottoes.  —ღ Terri

Tut, tut, here is a mannerly forbearance:
The truth appears so naked on my side
That any purblind eye may find it out.
~William Shakespeare, c.1592, Henry VI, Part I, c.1591  [II, 4, Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester]

Better to have one eye than be blind altogether. ~English proverb, quoted in A Collection of English Proverbs by John Ray, 1670

Let him that hath but one eye keepe it well. ~French proverb, quoted in A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues compiled by Randle Cotgrave, 1611  ["Qui n’a qu’un oeil bien le garde." —tg]

He that has but one Eye, had need look well to That. ~Proverb, restated, Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs; Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British collected by Thomas Fuller, 1732

A one-eyed man, who has not a film over the eye, conceals any sort of villany. ~Spanish proverb, translated by John Collins, 1823  ["Tuerto, y no de nube, sola piel gran mal encubre." Or, "Tuerto y no de nube, no hay maldad que no encubre." Refranes o Proverbios Castellanos Traduzidos en Lengua Francesa por César Oudin, 1609 –tg]

He that winketh with one eye, and seeth with the other,
I would not trust him, though he were my brother.
~English proverb, in A Collection of English Proverbs by John Ray, 1670

He has chang’d his one ey’d horse for a blind one. ~Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1733  ["The blind horse is hardiest." Scottish proverb –tg]

When my friends are blind of one eye, I look at them in profile. ~Joseph Joubert (1754–1824), Some of the "Thoughts" of Joseph Joubert, translated from the French by George H. Calvert, 1866

A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste; or, Transcendental Gastronomy, 1825

An one-eyed woman is beautiful among blind women. ~Kashmiri proverb, in A Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs & Sayings, J. Hinton Knowles, 1885

It is better to enter heaven with one eye, than with two eyes to enter hell. ~Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805), The Robbers, 1781, translated by Christopher Wharton Mann, 1842

To learn about eye protection, ask someone who has one. ~Safety saying

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