41 Inspiring Translation Quotes

41 Inspiring Translation Quotes

Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. If you want to add translation quotes to your profile or website, or if you want to share translation quotes on your social media, please feel free to look for one that matches your taste. After all, the authors and artists of these quotes do not always agree on the business of translation. I have also created images of some of these translation quotes, which makes it easier for you to share.

For this blog, I have had help from Alta and Food for Translators.

‘41 Inspiring Translation Quotes.’ Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. Read more at https://budgetvertalingonline.nl/translations/41-inspiring-translation-quotes/

Translation Quotes

Translation is the paradigm, the exemplar of all writing. It is translation that demonstrates most vividly the yearning for transformation that underlies every act involving speech, that supremely human gift.

Harry Mathews

Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence.

George Steiner

‘41 Inspiring Translation Quotes.’ Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. Read more at https://budgetvertalingonline.nl/translations/41-inspiring-translation-quotes/

To translate, one must have a style of his own, for otherwise the translation will have no rhythm or nuance, which come from the process of artistically thinking through and molding the sentences; they cannot be reconstituted by piecemeal imitation. The problem of translation is to retreat to a simpler tenor of one’s own style and creatively adjust this to one’s author.

Paul Goodman

Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself translating, or more like translating than it is like anything else. What is the other text, the original? I have no answer. I suppose it is the source, the deep sea where ideas swim, and one catches them in nets of words and swings them shining into the boat… where in this metaphor they die and get canned and eaten in sandwiches.

Ursula K. Le Guin

What is lost in the good or excellent translation is precisely the best.

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

A translator ought to endeavor not only to say what his author has said, but to say it as he has said it.

John Conington

‘41 Inspiring Translation Quotes.’ Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. Read more at https://budgetvertalingonline.nl/translations/41-inspiring-translation-quotes/

Echo

Translation is at best an echo.

George Borrow

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

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

Rene Magritte

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter — it’s the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Mark Twain

To use the same words is not a sufficient guarantee of understanding; one must use the same words for the same genus of inward experience; ultimately one must have one’s experiences in common.

Friedrich Nietzsche

All translation is a compromise – the effort to be literal and the effort to be idiomatic.

Benjamin Jowett

‘41 Inspiring Translation Quotes.’ Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. Read more at https://budgetvertalingonline.nl/translations/41-inspiring-translation-quotes/

Free creation

Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied.

Noam Chomsky

Translation is a disturbing craft because there is precious little certainty about what we are doing, which makes it so difficult in this age of fervent belief and ideology, this age or greed and screed.

Gregory Rabassa

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

Leonardo Sciascia

The original is unfaithful to the translation.

Jorge Luis Borges

There can never be an absolutely final translation.

Robert M. Grant

‘41 Inspiring Translation Quotes.’ Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. Read more at https://budgetvertalingonline.nl/translations/41-inspiring-translation-quotes/

Borders

The world cannot be translated; it can only be dreamed of and touched.

Dejan Stojanović

Without translation, I would be limited to the borders of my own country. The translator is my most important ally. He introduces me to the world.

Italo Calvino

It is hard indeed to notice anything for which the languages available to us have no description.

Alan Watts

The first rule of translation: make sure you know at least one of the bloody languages!

Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Humor is the first gift to perish in a foreign language.

Virginia Woolf

In translation language facility is not enough; blood and sweat are the secret.

Samuel Putnam

‘41 Inspiring Translation Quotes.’ Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. Read more at https://budgetvertalingonline.nl/translations/41-inspiring-translation-quotes/

Verse

A translation in verse . . . seems to me something absurd, impossible.

Victor Hugo

All translating seems to me to be simply an attempt to accomplish an impossible task.

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Even the simplest word can never be rendered with its exact equivalent into another language.

Kimon Friar

In its happiest efforts, translation is but approximation, and its efforts are not often happy. A translation may be good as translation, but it cannot be an adequate reproduction of the original.

George Henry Lewes

When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.

Lewis Carroll

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

Anthony Burgess

‘41 Inspiring Translation Quotes.’ Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. Read more at https://budgetvertalingonline.nl/translations/41-inspiring-translation-quotes/

Art

There are three grades of translation evils: 1. errors; 2. slips; 3. willful reshaping

Vladimir Nabokov

To translate, one must have a style of his own, for otherwise the translation will have no rhythm or nuance, which come from the process of artistically thinking through and molding the sentences; they cannot be reconstituted by piecemeal imitation. The problem of translation is to retreat to a simpler tenor of one’s own style and creatively adjust this to one’s author.

Paul Goodman

The language of translation ought never to attract attention to itself.

John Hookham Frere

The poet cannot hope to present his vision intact just as a translator cannot hope to present the poet’s work unaltered.

Kimon Friar

Fidelity to meaning alone in translation is a kind of betrayal.

Paul Valéry

The translation called good has original value as a work of art.

Benedetto Croce

‘41 Inspiring Translation Quotes.’ Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. Read more at https://budgetvertalingonline.nl/translations/41-inspiring-translation-quotes/

 

Poetry

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

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Translators have to prove to themselves as to others that they are in control of what they do; that they do not just translate well because they have a “flair” for translation, but rather because, like other professionals, they have made a conscious effort to understand various aspects of their work.

Mona Baker

It is impossible to translate poetry. Can you translate music?

Voltaire

Translation is that which transforms everything so that nothing changes.

Günter Grass

‘41 Inspiring Translation Quotes.’ Translators or entrepreneurs in the translation business are sometimes looking for translation quotes to add to their content. I have published this blog to provide you with some inspiring ones. Read more at https://budgetvertalingonline.nl/translations/41-inspiring-translation-quotes/

Mysterious

Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself translating, or more like translating than it is like anything else. What is the other text, the original? I have no answer. I suppose it is the source, the deep sea where ideas swim, and one catches them in nets of words and swings them shining into the boat… where in this metaphor they die and get canned and eaten in sandwiches.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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

What can I do for you regarding translations?

You might wonder who I am, collecting all these translation quotes. Well, in 2011, I have founded BudgetVertalingOnline. BudgetVertalingOnline is an affordable translation agency located in the Netherlands, which translates texts from Dutch to English and from English to Dutch. If you need to have a document translated, please look at my rates, feedback, and quotation form.