“Translation is that which transforms everything so that nothing changes.”

Grass Günter

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

Leonardo Sciascia

“A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.”

Ezra Pound

“Translating should be an enriching intellectual experience and you should end a job as a different person.”

Danilo Nogueira

“When I think of this profession I think of priestly, tireless dedication to getting it right.”

Emma Donoghue

“A translator is the most observant reader.”

Agata Tuszynska

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

Benjamin Jowett

“Slang is language that rolls up its sleeves and spits on its hands.”

Carl Sandburg

“The translator's task is much harder than that of the original author.”

Theodore Savory

“Translation is a journey over a sea from one shore to the other.”

Amara Lakhous

“It is better to have read a great work of another culture in translation than never to have read it at all.”

Henry Gratton Doyle

“The taste of an age is reflected in its translations.”

J. Peterson

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