阿蘇
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阿蘇 asked in 藝術與人文詩詞與文學 · 1 decade ago

好奇心會殺死一隻貓的原始典故

英文俗語說:

好奇心殺死一隻貓

Curiosity killed the cat

查了好久一直找不出這句話的出處,

請各位知識淵博的朋友們協助,

請勿提供那些知識家裡面"哄小孩點數"的說法,

我需要的是這句話的原始出處及原始典故,

不是說法跟解釋喔。

關於知識,寧缺勿濫才是真理。

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT真正的起源不得而知,目前所知最早看到這句話出現在大眾眼前是在1916年3月4日的華盛頓郵報第6頁,內文報導住在紐約的一位女士養了一隻貓,這隻貓三番兩次地爬到危險高處下不來,往往勞動紐約市政府的幾個部門出動救援,終於有一天這隻充滿好奇心的貓跌傷了背部,不久後就死了。

    類似的句型早早就出現,1958年的英國劇作家Ben Johson在他的作品"Every Man in His Humor"中,寫出一句"care will kill a cat"。莎士比亞的作品"Much Ado About Nothing"中也有類似的句子:"...what though care killed a cat,..."。1898年在一本字典中也出現過"Care killed the cat. It is said that "a cat has nine lives," yet care would wear them all out."的解釋。1909年在一本小說中出現"Curiosity can do more things than killed a cat....."ㄧ句。

    所以這句諺語是經由時間的演變而來,現在我們熟知的版本是出現在20世紀初。

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    6 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Origins

    The earliest printed reference to the origin of this proverb is attributed to British playwright Ben Jonson in his 1598 play, Every Man in His Humour (performed first by British playwright William Shakespeare).

    ...Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care will kill a cat, up-tails all, and a pox on the hangman.

    In this instance, "care" was defined as "worry" or "sorrow."

    Shakespeare used a similar quote in his circa 1599 play, Much Ado About Nothing:

    “ What, courage man! what though care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care. ”

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