An X among Ys, a Y among Xs
An X among Ys, a Y among Xs (or An X with Ys, a Y with Xs, among other variations) is a meme popular in literature from the ancient times to the 18th centuries, in which the subject is spoken of as displaying one characteristic among or relative to a group of people having a second, but displaying the second characteristic among or relative to a group of people having the first.
- A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.
- Alexander Pope, The Dunciad (1728-1743), Book iv, line 90.
- I come to tell you this, and to advise you to shut the gates of your gardens forthwith, and to cease the harangues of a master, since you only pass for a philosopher among fools, and for a fool among philosophers.
- Frances Wright, A few days in Athens (1822), p. 51.
- This man [Chesterfield], I thought, had been a lord among wits; but I find he is only a wit among lords.
- Samuel Johnson Boswell's Life, vol. ii, ch. i.
- A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge.
- William Cowper, Conversation, line 298.
- Although too much of a soldier among sovereigns, no one could claim with better right to be a sovereign among soldiers.
- Sir Walter Scott, Life of Napoleon.
- He [Steele] was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, Review of Aikin's Life of Addison.
- Temple was a man of the world among men of letters, a man of letters among men of the world.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, Review of Life and Writings of Sir William Temple.
- Delle belle eruditissima, delle erudite bellissima.
- Translated: "Most learned of the fair; fairest of the learned".
- If he be not fellow with the best king, thou shalt find the best king of good fellows.
- William Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act v, Scene 2.
- Live among men as if God beheld you; speak to God as if men were listening.
- Seneca, Epistles.
- Qui stultis videri eruditi volunt stulti eruditis videntur.
- Translated: Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.
- Quintilian, x. 7. 22.