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Melvyn Bragg

Datum narození: 6. říjen 1939

Melvyn Bragg je britský spisovatel.


„Vytvářeli a vytvářejí podstatnou část všech klíčových teorií, objevů a vynálezů.“

„The masculine pronouns are he, his and him But imagine the feminine she, shis and shim! So our English, I think you’ll all agree Is the trickiest language you ever did see.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language


„Shakespeare shoved into bed together words that scarcely knew each other before, had never even been introduced.“ The Adventure Of English

„America became very confident in its own English language. A witty resolution was proposed in the House of Representatives in 1820 suggesting they educate the English in their own language: Whereas the House of Representatives in common with the people of America is justly proud of its admirable native tongue and regards this most expressive and energetic language as one of the best of its birthrights... Resolved, therefore, that the nobility and gentry of England be courteously invited to send their elder sons and such others as may be destined to appear as politic speakers in Church and State to America for their education... [and after due instruction he suggested that they be given] certificates of their proficiency in the English tongue.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

„English was the language of protest and protesting its right to be heard and taken account of before the highest in the land. And the highest of the land used it in 1381, to chop down the revolt of thousands of English speakers.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

„That, too, is part of this adventure — there are both casualties and survivors as this hungry creature, English, demanded more and more subjects.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

„Hindsight is the easy way to mop up the mess which we call history; it is too often the refuge of the tidy-minded, making neat patterns when the dust has settled.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

„We are, each one of us, all talking advertisements for our history. Accent is the snake and the ladder in the upstairs downstairs of social ambition. Accent is the con man’s first resource.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language


„The perfect embodiment of the courtier-poet was a heroic nobleman born in one of the great houses of England, Penshurst Place, in 1554, and dead a mere thirty-one years later on a battlefield fighting the Spanish in the Netherlands: Sir Philip Sidney. He achieved lasting fame for giving his water bottle to another wounded soldier with the words “Thy need is greater than mine.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

„The word ‘immigrant’ is an American invention. Migration of people had occurred in the Old World but in the New it was the single common defining experience.“ The Adventure Of English

„When we see men grow old and die at a certain time one after another, from century to century, we laugh at the elixir that promises to prolong life to a thousand years; and with equal justice may the lexicographer be derided, who being able to produce no example of a nation that has preserved their words and phrases from mutability, shall imagine that his dictionary can embalm his language, and secure it from corruption and decay, that it is in his power to change sublunary nature, or clear the world at once from folly, vanity, and affectation.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

„The Internet took off in English and although there are now fifteen hundred languages on the Internet, seventy percent of it is still in English.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language


„It is impossible to get enough books, don't you find? But where are we without them? Just words on the wind... Not words on the mind.“

„Squanto engineered the survival of the Pilgrim Fathers and it was because of his help that an English-speaking society eventually prevailed there. Their own language had saved them.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

„church attendance was compulsory — the service was a remote affair. The whole emphasis was on the mystery of it, the priests like a secret society, the Latin words so awesome in their ancient verity that, although some phrases would have stuck over the years, the whole intention was to impress and to subdue and not to enlighten. There was of course no English Hymnal, and no Book of Common Prayer. You were at the mercy of the priests. Only they were allowed to read the word of God and they did even that silently. A bell was rung to let the congregation know when the priest had reached the important bits. The priest stood not as a guide to the Bible but as its guardian and as a guardian against common believers. They would not be allowed to enter into the Book.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

„Old English terms were given new powers, a new philosophy. Heaven and hell, for instance, or Halig Gast (Holy Ghost), Domesday (from Judgement Day). Eostre, a famous pagan goddess, gave her name to the most important of the Christian festivals.“ The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

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