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In many ways, it is easier to be a good giver than a good receiver.
The giver chooses the gift and the timing.
More important, societal and religious traditions
tend to elevate the status of giver and lower the status of receiver.
When the Bible (Acts 20:32-35) speaks of it being
more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe that a better translation might be
"take" rather than "receive," as the context
of that passage is "coveting."
Certainly there is nothing blessed about coveting,
stealing, begging, or demanding,
however the skill of graciously receiving a freely offered gift
is another matter entirely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

Translation is like a woman.
If it is beautiful, it is not faithful.
If it is faithful, it is most certainly not beautiful.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Nor ought a genius less than his that writ attempt translation.
- John Denham

 

A firm, for instance, that does business in many countries
of the world is driven to spend an enormous amount of time,
labour, and money in providing for translation services.
- Edward Sapir

I did not have a very literary background.
I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics,
and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
- Robert Morgan

Translation makes me look at how a poem is put together in a different way,
without the personal investment of the poem I'm writing myself,
but equally closely technically.
- Marilyn Hacker

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The Japanese version comes with a translation,
but that's different from the lyrics,
so people could look things up and find a translation
of their own if they're interested.
- Utada Hikaru

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.
- Henry Ellis

Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the
most important thing I read.
Eliot a little bit later.
- Robert Morgan

Prayer is translation.
A man translates himself into a child asking for all
there is in a language he has barely mastered.
- Leonard Cohen

If the dream is a translation of waking life,
waking life is also a translation of the dream.
- Rene Magritte

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.
- Boris Pasternak

The original is unfaithful to the translation.
- Jorge Luis Borges

By reason of weird translation, many such sets of instructions read like poems anyhow.
- Brian Ferneyhough

A translation is no translation, he said,
unless it will give you the music of a poem along with the words of it.
- John Millington Synge

What is lost in the good or excellent translation is precisely the best.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The best thing on translation was said by Cervantes:
translation is the other side of a tapestry.
- Leonardo Sciascia

For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
- Cyril Connolly

Translation is at best an echo.
- George Borrow

The other thing that I started doing for myself was,
I went through my diary of ideas that I keep and made
sure that the translation of the comic to the movie was good.
- Guillermo del Toro

And after I started working for the Bureau,
most of my translation duties included translations
of documents and investigations that actually started way before 9/11.
- Sibel Edmonds

What makes literature interesting is that it does not survive its translation.
The characters in a novel are made out of the sentences.
That's what their substance is.
- Jonathan Miller

Fantastic writing in English is kind of disreputable,
but fantastic writing in translation is the summit.
- Jonathan Lethem

The US and the European Union needs to help in the
translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Translation is the art of failure.
- Umberto Eco

For the version of this CD released in Japan,
a translation of the English lyrics is included,
but there are lots of places where meanings are lost
in the process of translation.
- Utada Hikaru

And I always read the English translation and always
have conversations with my translator,
for example about the names.
I always have to approve it.
- Cornelia Funke

I was always interested in French poetry sort of as
a sideline to my own work,
I was translating contemporary French poets.
That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money,
pay for food and put bread on the table.
- Paul Auster

I would love mainland Chinese to read my book.
There is a Chinese translation which I worked on myself,
published in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Many copies have gone into China but it is still banned.
- Jung Chang

Where words can be translated into equivalent words,
the style of an original can be closely followed;
but no translation which aims at being written in normal
English can reproduce the style of Aristotle.
- Gilbert Murray

Translation is an interestingly different way to be
involved both with poetry and with the language that
I've found myself living in much of the time.
I think the two feed each other.
- Marilyn Hacker

When you're looking that far out, you're giving people
their place in the universe,
it touches people.
Science is often visual, so it doesn't need translation.
It's like poetry, it touches you.
- Story Musgrave

I believe in God, but not as one thing,
not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God
is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha
and all the rest said was right.
It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
- John Lennon

A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.
- Ezra Pound

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.
- Voltaire

I'm not a best-seller, but through translations,
I've accumulated some money.
- Manuel Puig

The best translations cannot convey to us the strength
and exquisite delicacy of thought in its native garb,
and he to whom such books are shut flounders about in outer darkness.
- Edwin Booth

It was real Cheyenne.
I would get the translations the night before,
but it was very difficult because it was not like any
other language you would be familiar with.
- Joe Lando

What's wonderful is to read the different translations -
some done in 1600 and some in 1900 -
of the same passage.
It's fascinating to watch the same tale repeated in
such a different way by two different centuries.
- Martin C. Smith

It has since been agreed that speeches given in English
will be translated into French and vice versa,
and even into German and Italian when necessary.
No doubt translations into Esperanto will also soon be in demand.
- Fredrik Bajer

Wherever modern translations of marked excellence were
already in existence efforts were made to secure them for the Library,
but in a number of instances copyright could not be obtained.
- James Loeb

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
- Warren G. Bennis

I don't think we're going to save anything if we go
around talking about saving plants and animals only;
we've got to translate that into what's in it for us.
- Jim Fowler

We're seeing how the videos translate to the live shows
and how the technology is really reaching kids.
- Willie Aames

Any man who does not have his inner world to translate is not an artist.
- Theophile Gautier

When I need a word and do not find it in French,
I select it from other tongues, and the reader has
either to understand or translate me.
Such is my fate.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

That's the dirty little secret of Mormon growth.
Lots of baptisms don't necessarily translate into long-term membership.
- David Campbell

American shows don't always translate,
but this one has and speaking for myself I'm quite glad for it.
- Paul Guilfoyle

The problem is that it is difficult to translate.
- Elfriede Jelinek

Classical music's ability to translate emotional themes is fantastic.
- Alan Price

To go to the next level, you have to be special,
and I look for those special qualities in those players,
those qualities that I think will translate to the NFL.
- Ron Jaworski

You would be surprised how hard it often is to translate an action into thought.
- Karl Kraus

I don't think know if anything's going to translate anywhere.
You're making a movie, you hope it's going to be funny,
you can't think about how it's going to go over.
- Ben Stiller

We speak of virtue, honour, reason; but our thought
does not translate any one of these concepts into a substance.
- Wilhelm Wundt

Cable would not translate into the public radio universe.
- Juan Williams

Why do you have to translate and decode things? Just let the image be.
It will have a special kind of reality that it won't once it's decoded.
- Laurie Anderson

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that
learning into action rapidly,
is the ultimate competitive advantage.
- Jack Welch

I guess whatever maturity is there may be there because
I've been keeping a journal forever.
In high school my friends would make fun of me -
you're doing your man diary again.
So I was always trying to translate experience into words.
- Anthony Doerr

Our citizens and those who have gone before us charted
the broad outlines of where we need to go,
and they would envy our opportunity to translate those dreams into action.
And I believe they will judge us very harshly should we fail to act.
- Dave Freudenthal

Telling your story out loud is the way human beings communicate.
We don't normally think up words, translate how to
spell them and then move our fingers up and down over
this randomly arranged set of keys to make the same
letters appear on a screen.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Improvisation is almost like the retarded cousin in the comedy world.
We've been trying forever to get improvisation on TV.
It's just like stand-up.
It's best when it's just left alone.
It doesn't translate always on TV.
It's best live.
- Amy Poehler

Words are the children of reason and,
therefore, can't explain it.
They really can't translate feeling because they're not part of it.
That's why it bugs me when people try to analyze jazz
as an intellectual theorem.
It's not.
It's feeling.
- Bill Evans

Just as man can't exist without his body,
so no rights can exist without the right to translate
one's rights into reality,
to think, to work and keep the results,
which means: the right of property.
- Ayn Rand

Sometimes it just doesn't translate to people.
You just move on, and you feel bad because people worked
so hard on it and everyone loved it...
Everybody was treated so well and was going for something
and trying to do the best work possible.
- Catherine Keener

I am really looking for a chance to direct.
I feel like that's kind of the next frontier for me.
I know that it's really hard to do, but I feel like
I want to have a chance to try and translate something
I've written and try and get a tone across.
- Dana Fox

Film and television is just a different technique in
terms of how to approach the camera but basically the job is the same;
but what you learn as a craft in theater,
you can then learn to translate that into any mediums.
- Joe Morton

I liked Latin, I like languages, I liked all the myths,
and the Roman tales that we were required to translate in Latin,
and all these interesting people who were never quite
what they thought they would be or seemed to be.
- Suzanne Farrell

I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another.
In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things.
I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove
me to portraits in the first place.
- Chuck Close

When you translate poetry in particular,
you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom
you're working puts together words,
sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse,
the syntax and the sentence.
- Marilyn Hacker


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