Schopenhauer's strong blind man  

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Comparing will to intellect, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer stated that the will is a strong blind man carrying the intellect (a lame man who can see) on his shoulders.

"In Wahrheit aber ist das treffendeste Gleichniß für das Verhältniß Beider der starke Blinde, der den sehenden Gelähmten auf den Schultern trägt."
In truth, however, the happiest figure of the relation of the two [will and intellect] is the strong blind man who carries on his shoulders the lame man who can see.[1]

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