when the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch

Now more common in the metaphorical phrase, the blind leading the blind. With allusion to MATTHEW xv. 14 (AV) Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

c 897 ALFRED Gregory’s Pastoral Care (EETS) i. Gif se blinda thone blindan lœt, he feallath begen [both] on œnne pytt.

c 1300 Body & Soul (1889) 49 Ac hwanne the blinde lat the blinde, In dike he fallen bothe two.

1583 B. MELBANCKE Philotimus 165 In the ditch falls the blind that is led by the blind.

1836 CARLYLE Sartor Resartus II. iii. It is written, When the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch... May it not sometimes be safer, if both leader and led simply—sit still?

1908 H. M. SYLVESTER Olde Pemaquid 12 If the blind lead the blind, the ditch is but a little way on.

1947 L. P. HARTLEY Eustace & Hilda xvi. To get Hilda out of the house was a step forward, even in a Bath chair..even if they could see nothing beyond their noses, the blind leading the blind.


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