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"The original language of Christianity is translation." - Lamin Sanneh

"All language is but a poor translation." - Franz Kafka

"God's first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation." - Thomas Keating

"The language of translation ought never to attract attention to itself." - John Hookham Frere

"The art of translation lies less in knowing the other language than in knowing your own." - Ned Rorem

"silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation." - Rumi

"Every language is a world. Without translation, we would inhabit parishes bordering on silence." - George Steiner

"The oldest cliche in the world is about "what's lost in translation," but you don't very often read much intelligent about what's gained by translation, and the answer is everything. Our language is a compendium of translation." - Sam Hamill

"A major difficulty in translation is that a word in one language seldom has a precise equivalent in another one." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"Mathematics to me is like a language I do' speak though I admire its literature in translation." - David Quammen

"We can write the new chapters in a visual language whose prose and poetry will need no translation." - Ernst Haas

"Mathematics to me is like a language I don't speak though I admire its literature in translation." - David Quammen

"Air power speaks a strategic language so new that translation into the hackneyed idiom of the past is impossible." - Alexander P. de Seversky

"When my books were translated, it was always about the characters, because the unique language aspect was lost in translation." - Etgar Keret

"I don't think that someone who does not speak the original language can ever expect to produce a real translation." - Christian Wiman

"Mathematics to me is like a language I don't speak though I admire its literature in translation." - David Quammen

"There's something to be said about all music being some translation of our languaging, our way of communicating. It's a language. This is a new language." - Suzanne Ciani

"Any adaptation is a translation, and there is such a thing as an unreadably faithful translation; and I believe a degree of reinterpretatio n for the new language may be not only inevitable but desirable." - David Mitchell

"Any adaptation is a translation, and there is such a thing as an unreadably faithful translation; and I believe a degree of reinterpretation for the new language may be not only inevitable but desirable." - David Mitchell

"Language cares." - Howard Nemerov

"Many people do not know that Jesus did not speak Latin or English or Hebrew; he spoke Aramaic. But nobody knows that language. So we're talking about the Bible itself being a translation of a translation of a translation. And, in reality, it has affected people's lives in history." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"The vices and the virtues are written in a language the world cannot construe; it reads them in a vile translation, and the translators are Failure and Success." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"The vices and the virtues are written in a language the world cannot construe; it reads them in a vile translation, and the translators are Failure and Success." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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

"In the language of politics, there is only one translation for the phrase 'hope and change,' to wit: 'big, fat government.'" - P J Orourke

"It was a revelation for me, in a practical sense, that you could write in an African language and still reach an audience beyond that language through the art of translation." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"Poetry cannot be translation" - Samuel Johnson

"Music is a language, a universal language." - Sun Ra

"Poetry is a second translation of the soul's feeling; it must be rendered into thought, and thought must change its nebulous robe of semi-wording into definite language, before it reaches another heart. Music is a first translation of feeling, needing no second, but entering the heart direct." - Frances Ridley Havergal

"Fashion is instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"All language is political ..." - Robin Lakoff

"Language disguises thought." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Language changes very fast." - John M. Smith

"BASIC - A programming language." - Anonymous

"I love body language." - Anton Corbijn

"Lexicographers are language reporters." - Erin Mckean

"Language changes very fast." - John Maynard Smith

"True translation is transparent: it does not obscure the original, does not stand in its light, but rather allows pure language, as if strengthened by its own medium, to shine even more fully on the original." - Walter Benjamin

"Faction is the greatest evil and the most common danger. "Faction" is the conventional English translation of the Greek stasis, one of the most remarkable words to be found in any language." - Moses Finley

"The subtle differences in language and humor that get lost in translation, for example, make it almost impossible for big companies to do something that will appeal at home and abroad." - Larry Gelbart

"The men who act stand nearer to the mass of man than the men who write; and it is in their hands that new thought gets its translation into the crude language of deeds." - Woodrow Wilson

"Photography speaks a universal language that does not need translation, and with an immediacy that the written word lacks. It freezes a moment in time, leaving an indelible image." - Bianca Jagger

"Translation is a two-edged instrument: it has the special purpose of demonstrating the learner's knowledge of the foreign language, either as a form of control or to exercise his intelligence in order to develop his competence." - Peter Newmark

"A song is like a smile. If you meet people from another country, even if you don't speak the same language, you know what a smile means. A song works the same way. Music produces feelings that need no translation." - Clay Aiken

"I'm not a collector. I don't keep letters, or books, or souvenirs. But I do keep one copy of each translation of my books into a foreign language. Have you ever seen a murder story printed in Singhalese? Wow!" - Rex Stout

"Faction is the greatest evil and the most common danger. Faction is the conventional English translation of the Greek stasis, one of the most remarkable words to be found in any language." - Moses I. Finley

"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

"I read the Bible to myself; I'll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is." - Maya Angelou

"Translation is a kind of transubstantiation; one poem becomes another. You can choose your philosophy of translation just as you choose how to live: the free adaptation that sacrifices detail to meaning, the strict crib that sacrifices meaning to exactitude. The poet moves from life to language, the translator moves from language to life; both, like the immigrant, try to identify the invisible, what's between the lines, the mysterious implications." - Anne Michaels

"I could define poetry this way: it is that which is lost out of both prose and verse in translation." - Robert Frost

"The continually progressive change to which the meaning of words is subject, the want of a universal language which renders translation necessary, the errors to which translations are again subject, the mistakes of copyists and printers, together with the possibility of willful alteration, are themselves evidences that human language, whether in speech or print, cannot be the vehicle of the Word of God." - Thomas Paine

"Poetry is the art of using language to transcend language," - Laurence Overmire

"Language uses us as much as we use language." - Robin Lakoff

"The language of the heart is mankind's main common language." - Suzy Kassem

"Language is the archives of history...Language is fossil poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Gone. The saddest word in the language. In any language." - Mark Slouka

"Music is a language, you see, a universal language." - Sun Ra

"I love language, and I love the failure of language." - Nate Lowman

"Everything in writing begins with language. Language begins with listening." - Jeanette Winterson

"Silence is God's first language." - John of the Cross

"Nothing exists except through language." - Hans-Georg Gadamer

"Fashion is an instant language." - Miuccia Prada

"A language Older Than Words" - Derrick Jensen

"Language is a social event." - Richard Rodriguez

"Sometimes language is not enough." - Justin Adams

"Language is memory and metaphor." - Storm Jameson

"Language is a social art." - Willard Van Orman Quine

"French was my first language." - Bob Cousy

"Metaphor is embodied in language." - Dennis Potter

"Image is an international language." - Marjane Satrapi

"A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language." - Gaston Bachelard

"Visual art is a foreign language I'm fluent at, but my native language is language." - Julia Glass

"Poetry cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language." - Samuel Johnson

"Poetry is what is gained in translation." - Joseph Brodsky

"Translation is at best an echo." - George Henry Borrow

"Structure is translation software for your imagination." - James Scott Bell

"The magic gets lost in translation." - Richard Roeper

"Time reveals all translation to be paraphrase." - Richard Howard

"Translation is the art of failure." - Umberto Eco

"I want my words to survive translation." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"Translation is at best an echo." - George Borrow

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

"Poetry is what gets lost in translation." - Robert Frost

"Wind does not need translation. It speaks the language of men, of animals and birds, of rocks and trees and earth and sky and water. It does not eat or sleep, or take shelter from the weather. It is the weather. And it lives." - Jessica Day George

"Translation from one language to another is like viewing a piece of tapestry on the wrong side where though the figures are distinguishable yet there are so many ends and threads that the beauty and exactness of the work is obscured." - Miguel De Cervantes

"Translation rewrites a foreign text in terms that are intelligible and interesting to readers in the receiving culture. Doing so is akin to committing an act of ethnocentric violence by uprooting the text from the language and culture that gave it life. Translating into current, standard English at once conceals that violence and homogenizes foreign cultures," - Lawrence Venuti

"Alexander von Humboldt's wide-ranging Views of Nature is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century natural history, at once science and art. Mark W. Person's stunning new translation makes the wonders of this classic accessible to the English-language world of the present." - Daniel Walker Howe

"Alexander von Humboldt's wide-ranging Views of Nature is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century natural history, at once science and art. Mark W. Person's stunning new translation makes the wonders of this classic accessible to the English-language world of the present." - Daniel Walker Howe

"Music is a universal language. You don't have to worry about what is being conveyed. You don't have to try to figure out what could be lost in translation. It goes directly to the pit of your soul. I think that's what music was intended to do." - Avery Sunshine

"In translation you have to get it right, you have to be precise in what you're doing. You have to attempt what they did in that language - say, in Arabic - and try to accomplish a version of that in English, and you're constantly serving two masters." - Elliott Colla

"I've been working a lot with identity and roots, being part of your roots. I went into this topic where I was trying to break the stereotype of Arabic language. The non-translation work, this is where I make the switch, where you don't need to translate." - eL Seed

"Alongside Han Kang, there's only one other author I've chosen to translate so far - Bae Suah. Her work is radical both stylistically and politically, influenced by her own translation practice (she's translated the likes of Kafka, Pessoa, and Sadeq Hedayat into Korean). Her language is simply extraordinary." - Deborah Smith

"So the aim for the press was a mixture of things: to publish under-represented writing, which is an intersection of original language, style, content, and often its author's gender. To publish it properly, in a way that makes it clear that this is art, not anthropology. To spotlight the importance of translation in making cultures less dully homogenous." - Deborah Smith

"I've translated a lot of American literature into Japanese, and I think that what makes a good translator is, above all, a feel for language and also a great affection for the work you're translating. If one of those elements is missing the translation won't be worth much." - Haruki Murakami

"In every art we are always obliged to return to the accepted means of expression, the conventional language of the art. What is a black-and-white drawing but a convention to which the beholder has become so accustomed that with his mind's eye he sees a complete equivalent in the translation from nature?" - Eugene Delacroix

"This word "description" may be disconcerting when used to refer to what is generally called a translation. But when one wishes to render a verbal creation (as opposed to a didactic statement) from one language to another, he is confronted with two equally unsatisfactory choices. He may, according to his talents, elaborate a similar, but never identical creation, or he may describe that creation as completely as possible in his own language." - Gaston Bachelard

"The C language combines all the power of assembly language with all the ease-of-use of assembly language." - Mark Pearce

"Quiet talk is the language of love. It is the language of peace. It is the language of God." - Gordon B Hinckley

"Language comes first. It's not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven't got language, you can't be conscious." - Alan Moore

"As humans we speak one language..." - Avril Lavigne

"Language is the archives of history." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Music is the language spoken by angels." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Stories are the reproductive organs of language." - Robert Bringhurst

"There is no language without deceit." - Italo Calvino

"Language betrays, in order to mean." - Terence Mckenna

"Language is the machine of the poet." - Thomas B. Macaulay

"Language is a weapon, keep it honed!" - Kurt Tucholsky

"Men's language is as their lives." - Seneca the Younger

"Simple is the language of truth." - Seneca the Younger

"Your body language shapes who you are" - Amy Cuddy

"Jazz is the language of the emotions." - Charles Mingus

"Music is the language of heaven." - Levon Helm

"Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification" - Robert Smithson

"Eighty percent of language lies to us." - Deena Metzger

"Speak with the language of love." - Rumi

"The world is God's language to us." - Simone Weil

"I want to start where language ends." - Antony Gormley

"Language does our thinking for us." - Kenneth Burke

"Everything shrinks. Individual character. Friendships, Language. Sensibility." - Zadie Smith

"Language buries, but does not resurrect." - John Green

"Experience is always larger than language." - Adrienne Rich

"All words, in every language, are metaphors." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Nature is a language - can't you read?" - Steven Morrissey

"All people smile in the same language." - Anonymous

"Poetry is the language of feeling." - William Winter

"Language is a machine for making falsehoods." - Iris Murdoch

"Dreams are the language of God." - Paulo Coelho

"Language is the medium of our thoughts." - Frederick Lenz

"Our language is the reflection of ourselves." - Cesar Chavez

"Language is the source of misunderstandings." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"JS will be a real functional language." - Douglas Crockford

"Everyone smiles in the same language." - George Carlin

"The language of truth is unvarnished enough." - Seneca the Younger

"Language is the best, best toy." - Jerry Holkins

"Invent a new language anyone can understand." - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Grammar is the analysis of language." - Edgar Allan Poe

"Math is the language of the universe." - Lucas Grabeel

"My homeland is the portuguese language." - Fernando Pessoa

"Language is a form of organized stutter." - Marshall Mcluhan

"Accounting is the language of business." - Warren Buffett

"Mathematics is the language of size." - Lancelot Hogben

"Faire language grates not the tongue." - George Herbert

"poetry is where the language is renewed." - Margaret Atwood

"Conduct is more convincing than language." - John Woolman

"Language is the light of the mind" - John Stuart Mill

"Nature is written in mathematical language." - Galileo Galilei

"Two nations divided by a common language." - Winston Churchill

"Peace is the language we must speak." - Pope Francis

"Cultures are virtual realities made of language." - Terence Mckenna

"Language transcends us and yet we speak." - Maurice Merleau-Ponty



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