I came across these single-eye quotations while researching the “one-eyed man is king” proverb. I subtitle this page my literary luscus, tuerto truisms, borgne bon mots, purblind proverbs, monops meditations, monophthalmic mottoes.
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 [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… (Qui n’a qu’un oeil bien le garde.) ~French proverb, quoted in A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues compiled by Randle Cotgrave, 1611
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.
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
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
An one-eyed woman is beautiful among blind women. ~Kashmiri proverb, in A Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs & Sayings, J. Hinton Knowles, 1885
To learn about eye protection, ask someone who has one. ~Author unknown