believe one's own eyes, one cannot

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believe one's own eyes, one cannot

One finds it hard to trust one’s own perception or senses. This expression of incredulity dates at least from the seventeenth century, and has been a cliché since the late nineteenth century. “Believe it tho’ I saw it myself, I cannot” appeared in Bartholomew Robinson’s Latin and English Adages (1621).
See also: believe, cannot, one, own
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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