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there but for the grace of God go I


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  • A recognition that others' misfortune could be one's own, if it weren't for the blessing/kindness/luck bestowed by fate or the Divine.
  • Man's fate is in God's hands.
  • More generally, our fate is not entirely in our own hands.


Allegedly from a mid-sixteenth-century statement by John Bradford, "There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford", in reference to a group of prisoners being led to execution. (Wiktionary)


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