there but for the grace of God go I


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

there but for the grace of God (go I)

A phrase used when one has avoided a bad or unpleasant situation thanks to the direction, blessings, or assistance of a higher power (e.g., God). Wow, I could have been in that accident had I left the house earlier. There but for the grace of God go I.
See also: but, god, grace, of, there

there but for the grace of God go I

I also could be in that terrible situation, as in Seeing him with two flat tires on the highway, she said "There but for the grace of God go I ." This expression has been attributed to John Bradford, who so remarked on seeing criminals being led to their execution (c. 1553) and who in fact was executed himself as a heretic a few years later. A number of religious leaders, including John Bunyan, have been credited with it as well.
See also: but, god, grace, of, there
Idioms browser ?
Full browser ?