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This is why it is important to have all your translations edited by a second translator:

Words differently arranged have different meanings, and meanings differently arranged have a different effect.

-Blaise Pascal, philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)



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"After all, when you come right down to it, how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?"

Russell Hoban

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Enrique Jardiel Poncela


"When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing."

Enrique Jardiel Poncela, Spanish author and playwright

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Terra Cotta Warriors


"If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion.  Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said.  This matters above everything."




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Kurt Vonnegut


"All I require of a translator is that he/she be a more gifted writer than I am, and in at least 2 languages, 1 of them mine."

Kurt Vonnegut




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