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Ronald Knox

Data di nascita: 17. Febbraio 1888
Data di morte: 24. Agosto 1957

Ronald Arbuthnott Knox è stato un teologo, presbitero e scrittore britannico.

Frasi Ronald Knox

„L'umorista corre con la lepre, il satirista insegue con i cani.“

—  Ronald Knox

Origine: Citato in Dizionario delle citazioni, a cura di Italo Sordi, BUR, 1992. ISBN 14603-X

„Comparative religion is an admirable recipe for making people comparatively religious.“

—  Ronald Knox

The Hidden Stream (1952). London: Burns Oates, p. 105
Often misquoted as "The study of comparative religions is the best way to become comparatively religious."
Contesto: I suppose there has been no subtler attack upon the Christian faith devised by its enemies in these last hundred years than the attack made in the name of "comparative religion". If you pick up a book on "Atonement", and plough your way through ideas of atonement among primitive tribes, pagan ideas of atonement, Jewish ideas of atonement, Christian ideas of atonement, you will find by the end of it that atonement, for the author's mind, has ceased to have any meaning. And he has been successful, in so far as he has managed to infect your mind with the wooliness which is the leading characteristic of his own. Comparative religion is an admirable recipe for making people comparatively religious.

„He who travels in the Barque of Peter had better not look too closely into the engine room.“

—  Ronald Knox

Reply when asked why he did not visit Rome, quoted in Penelope Fitzgerald, The Knox Brothers (1977)

„The prevailing attitude of the speakers was one of heavy disagreement with a number of things which the reader had not said.“

—  Ronald Knox

Let Dons Delight (1939), Note on Chapter 8
Describing a discussion following the presentation of a paper at a student society.

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„A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.“

—  Ronald Knox

Definition of a baby, quoted by Colin Blakemore in his 1976 Reith Lectures, Mechanics of the Mind
The earliest print occurrence is credited to Elizabeth I. Adamson in the July 1937 issue of Reader's Digest, according to Quote Investigator https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/01/10/baby/#note-15186-10.
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„There once was a man who said: "God
Must think it exceedingly odd
If he finds that this tree
Continues to be
When there's no one about in the Quad."“

—  Ronald Knox

Langford Reed, The Complete Limerick Book (1924)
The topic of this limerick and the following one is George Berkeley's philosophical principle, "To be is to be perceived".

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