| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||John Godfrey Saxe (181687)|
|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. 9396 (1902).