Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Thoughts on Language and Translation

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
Nelson Mandela

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality.
Edward Sapir

Language is the dress of thought.
Samuel Johnson

The original is unfaithful to the translation.
Jorge Luis Borges

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

Western Europe owes its civilization to translators.
Louis Kelly

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

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