The origin of the quote, “There but for the grace of God go I,” is attributed to John Bradford, but it is recorded a Bradford saying, “But for the grace of God there goes John Bradford.”. Bradford’s quote was prompted when he saw a group of criminals being led to their executions. Little did he know how true his quote, and the context in which he said it, was.
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· There but for the grace of God, go I. In modern times, this proverbial phrase is used to express empathetic compassion and a sense of good fortune realized by avoiding hardship. A version has been ascribed to the preacher John Bradford who died in There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford.
- The phrase "there but for the grace of God, go I" isn't to be found in print until centuries after Bradford's death. The earliest example of it that I have found is in A treatise on prayer, by Edward Bickersteth, , in which the author repeats the Bradford story.
Why I Won’t Use the Phrase “There But For the Grace of God, Go I.”. By Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW. This oft-spoken statement rippled through my mind yesterday as I was with people whose.
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