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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:879
AUTHOR:John Godfrey Saxe (1816–87)
QUOTATION:So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!
ATTRIBUTION:JOHN GODFREY SAXE, “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” moral.—The Poetical Works of John Godfrey Saxe, p. 112 (1887).

  While Saxe said this was a Hindu fable, the story may be found in The Udna, or The Solemn Utterances of the Buddha, chapter 6, section 4, trans. Dawsonne M. Strong, pp. 93–96 (1902).
SUBJECTS:Ignorance
 
 
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