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Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
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.
Translation is like a woman. If it is beautiful, it is not faithful. If it is faithful, it is most certainly not beautiful.
What is lost in the good or excellent translation is precisely the best.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.
Translation is the art of failure.
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.
The original is unfaithful to the translation.
Jorge Luis Borges
If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.
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.
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
Fantastic writing in English is kind of disreputable, but fantastic writing in translation is the summit.
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.
I love the song 'El Rey.' And for years, I never knew what the song was totally about. It was something new for me. I'd never sung a song in Spanish before. Then I got the translation and saw what a really cool song it was.
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.
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.
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
Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later.
I have an all-Japanese design team, and none of them speak English. So it's often funny and surprising how my ideas end up lost in translation.
By reason of weird translation, many such sets of instructions read like poems anyhow.
I don't know whether machine translation will eventually get good enough to allow us to browse people's websites in different languages so you can see how they live in different countries.
Tim Berners Lee
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.
I feel sometimes that I'm in a constant state of being lost in translation, and I guess that why I write songs.
The US and the European Union needs to help in the translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best thing on translation was said by Cervantes: translation is the other side of a tapestry.
If I make a speech, I need a translator. But music does not need a translation. People understand me through the sound. That I think is very important. This is just one planet, like one family.
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