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- Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned, fools go aimlessly hither and thither, like blind led by the blind. - Katha Upanishad
- Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
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- (idiomatic) A situation in which an unqualified person is attempting to guide, advise, or train others.
- Grandma teaching you to drive is like the blind leading the blind.
- 1843, James Fenimore Cooper, Wyandotte, ch. 5:
- "The Lord preserve us from evil times. . . . Without his grace, we are the blind leading the blind."
- 1896, Amelia E. Barr, chapter 2, in A Knight of the Nets:
- "I have been giving them some good advice."
- "Good advice!" laughed Janet. "Between you and Jamie Logan, it is the blind leading the blind, and nothing better."
- 1995 March 1, John F. Dickerson, "Aging: Never Too Old," Time (retrieved Aug 2014):
- Instructor George Breathitt asked an audience of 300 computer enthusiasts in Louisville, Kentucky, how many seniors in the group would like to teach other seniors about computers. A younger member of the audience quipped disdainfully, "Wouldn't that be the blind leading the blind?"