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Уильям Джонс

Дата рождения: 28. Сентябрь 1746
Дата смерти: 27. Апрель 1794

Сэр Уи́льям Джонс — британский филолог, востоковед и переводчик, основатель Азиатского общества; традиционно считается основоположником сравнительно-исторического языкознания.

„Самая большая ложь — это неверно понятая правда.“

„Live as if you already are what you wish to become.“

„The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.“

„Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility.“

„The Sanscrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists; there is a similar reason, though not quite so forcible, for supposing that both the Gothic and the Celtic, though blended with a very different idiom, had the same origin with the Sanscrit; and the old Persian might be added to the same family.“

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