Quotes by translation

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  • Amos Oz
    Amos Oz
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    A translation of a work of literature is like playing a violin concerto on the piano.
    Source: The Believer Interview 20 oct 2016
  • Walter Benjamin
    Walter Benjamin
    German philosopher 1882-1940
    Walter Benjamin
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    Any translation which intends to perform a transmitting function cannot transmit anything but information - hence, something inessential. This is the hallmark of bad translations.
  • Boris Pasternak
    Boris Pasternak
    Russian writer 1890-1960
    Boris Pasternak
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    As far as modern writing is concerned, it is rarely rewarding to translate it, although it might be easy. Translation is very much like copying paintings.
  • Havelock Ellis
    Havelock Ellis
    British psychologist 1859-1939
    Havelock Ellis
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    Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
  • Alighieri Dante
    Alighieri Dante
    Italian philosopher and poet 1265-1321
    Alighieri Dante
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    For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    English novelist and screenwriter 1954-
    Kazuo Ishiguro
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    I want my words to survive translation.
  • Beck
    Beck
    American musician, singer and songwriter 1970-
    Beck
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    I've personally reached the point where the sound of MP3s are so uncompelling, because so much is lost in translation.
  • Sir John Denham
    Sir John Denham
    Anglo-Irish poet and courtier 1615-1669
    Sir John Denham
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    Nor ought a genius less than his that writ attempt translation.
  • Robert Frost
    Robert Frost
    American poet 1874-1963
    Robert Frost
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    Poetry is that which is lost out of both prose and verse in translation.
    Source: Conversations on the Craft of Poetry (1959)
  • Robert Frost
    Robert Frost
    American poet 1874-1963
    Robert Frost
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    Poetry is what is lost in translation.
  • Leonard Cohen
    Leonard Cohen
    Canadian-born American Musician, Songwriter, Singer 1934-
    Leonard Cohen
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    Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.
  • Billy Bennett
    Billy Bennett
    British comedian 1887-1942
    Billy Bennett
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    Remember what the Patriarch King Solomon
    Told his harem on the night they'd had a few:
    Teetotalum overcoatum asqua scutum atomack
    Sonata with tomoto, laringitis, cul de sac.
    Translation: If your rhubarb's fallen try and bend it back.
    That's a motto for the likes of me and you.
    Source: Mottoes line 41
  • Gamaliel Bradford
    Gamaliel Bradford
    American biographer, critic, poet, and dramatist 1863-1932
    Gamaliel Bradford
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    The best translation is not that which is most like the original but which is the most different from it.
  • Jorge Luis Borges
    Jorge Luis Borges
    Argentijns writer 1899-1986
    Jorge Luis Borges
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    The original is unfaithful to the translation.
  • George Borrow
    George Borrow
    English writer of novels and travel books 1803-1881
    George Borrow
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    Translation is at best an echo.
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