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老大 asked in 社會與文化語言 · 1 decade ago

英文諺語 山不轉路轉 為何用 Mahomet 做例子 ?

If the mountain will not come to Mahomet,Mahomet must go to the mountain.

為什麼是用 Mahomet 來做例子,

和 Mahomet 有什麼關係 ?

或者有什麼特殊的緣由嗎?

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    Mahomat=>Muhammad=>variant spelling (e.g. Medieval Latin, Polish, or French) 中古時之拉丁語或波蘭語或法語對先知穆罕默德之拼法

    這是一句諺語

    出自培根散文集=>[關於勇氣]中的節錄Nay, you shall see a bold fellow many times do Mahomet's miracle. Mahomet made the people believe that he would call an hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers, for the observers of his law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet, will go to the hill. So these men, when they have promised great matters, and failed most shamefully, yet (if they have the perfection of boldness) they will but slight it over, and make a turn, and no more ado. Certainly to men of great judgment, bold persons are a sport to behold; nay, and to the vulgar also, boldness has somewhat of the ridiculous.

    Source(s): The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs;The essays by Francis Bacon
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