Quotes on Translation and Translators.

  • Translation is not a matter of words only: it is a matter of making intelligible a whole culture.

Anthony Burgess

  • Either the translator leaves the author in peace, as much as is possible, and moves the reader towards him: or he leaves the reader in peace, as much as possible, and moves the author towards him.

Friedrich Schleiermacher

  • Translators can be considered as busy matchmakers who praise as extremely desirable a half-veiled beauty. They arouse an irresistible yearning for the original.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

  • Translation is at best an echo.

George Borrow

  • The original is unfaithful to the translation.

Jorge Luis Borges

  • Translation quality assessment proceeds according to the lordly, completely unexplained, whimsy of “It doesn’t sound right”.

Peter Fawcett

  • Translators live off the differences between languages, all the while working toward eliminating them.

Edmond Cary

  • Translation is like a woman. If it is beautiful, it is not faithful. If it is faithful, it is most certainly not beautiful.

Yevgeny Yevtoushenko

  • Many critics, no defenders,

translators have but two regrets:

when we hit, no one remembers,

when we miss, no one forgets.

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Posted on January 15th, 2008
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