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Subject: Quotations
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Asked by: bdarracq-ga
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Posted: 13 Aug 2005 14:21 PDT
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Who originally said, "There but for the grace of God go I"?
Subject: Re: Quotations
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 13 Aug 2005 14:37 PDT
Dear bdarracq,

The saying "There but for the grace of God go I" derives from "There
but for the grace of God goes John Bradford".

This quotation, expressing that someone's misfortune could easily have
happened to oneself or anyone at all, is commonly traced back to the
British Protestant reformer John Bradford (b. 1510 - d. 1555). He is
said to have made this remark upon seeing criminals on their way to
execution. However, it is absolutely impossible to determine when and
by whom the quotation has been first attributed to Bradford and if he
really ever said this or something resembling that phrase. All
endeavours to definitely find proof for this attribution have failed
for the lack of written sources.

Though the exact origin of the quotation is uncertain for these
reasons, John Bradford's authorship is widely considered acceptable.
Also, there is no other person who could be credited as the original
creator of the quotation.

In case you are interested in learning more about John Bradford, here
is a biography:
Britannia Biographies: John Bradford


Britannia Biographies: John Bradford

Calvin College: Life of Master John Bradford

Calvin College: Writings of the Rev. John Bradford

Scorpio Tales: Expressions & Sayings - T

Our Inheritance Magazine: John Bradford

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