Quotes: translations

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  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra Pound
    American poet 1885-1972
    Ezra Pound
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    A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.
  • 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.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    I do not hesitate to read all good books in translations. What is really best in any book is translatable - any real insight or broad human sentiment.
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    French writer and philosopher (ps. of Fran├žois Marie Arouet) 1694-1778
    Voltaire
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    Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.
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