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1. "Objections to Christianity... are phrased in words, but that does not mean that they are really a matter of language and analysis and argument. Words are tokens of the will. If something stronger than language were available then we would use it. But by the same token, words in defense of Christianity miss the mark as well: they are a translation into the dispassionate language of argument of something that resides far deeper in the caverns of volition, of commitment. Perhaps this is why Saint Francis, so the story goes, instructed his followers to "preach the Gospel always, using words if necessary." It is not simply and straightforwardly wrong to make arguments in the defense of the Christian faith, but it is a relatively superficial activity: it fails to address the core issues."
Author: Alan Jacobs
2. "For the humanists, whatever authority Scripture might possess derived from the original texts in their original languages, rather than from the Vulgate, which was increasingly recognized as unreliable and inaccurate. In that the catholic church continued to insist that the Vulgate was a doctrinally normative translation, a tension inevitably developed between humanist biblical scholarship and catholic theology...Through immediate access to the original text in the original language, the theologian could wrestle directly with the 'Word of God,' unhindered by 'filters' of glosses and commentaries that placed the views of previous interpreters between the exegete and the text. For the Reformers, 'sacred philology' provided the key by means of which the theologian could break free from the confines of medieval exegesis and return ad fontes to the title deeds of the Christian faith rather than their medieval expressions, to forge once more the authentic theology of the early church."
Author: Alister E. McGrath
3. "There's no word in the Tibetan language for "creativity" or "being creative." The closest translation is "natural."
Author: David Kelley
4. "Mathematics to me is like a language I don't speak though I admire its literature in translation."
Author: David Quammen
5. "Intrinsic to the concept of a translator's fidelity to the effect and impact of the original is making the second version of the work as close to the first writer's intention as possible. A good translator's devotion to that goal is unwavering. But what never should be forgotten or overlooked is the obvious fact that what we read in a translation is the translator's writing. The inspiration is the original work, certainly, and thoughtful literary translators approach that work with great deference and respect, but the execution of the book in another language is the task of the translator, and that work should be judged and evaluated on its own terms. Still, most reviewers do not acknowledge the fact of translation except in the most perfunctory way, and a significant majority seem incapable of shedding light on the value of the translation or on how it reflects or illuminates the original."
Author: Edith Grossman
6. "Every language is a world. Without translation, we would inhabit parishes bordering on silence."
Author: George Steiner
7. "Scripture scholars contend that the original language of the Beatitudes should not be rendered as "Blessed are the single-hearted" or "Blessed are the peacemakers" or "Blessed are those who struggle for justice." Greater precision in translation would say, "You're in the right place if...you are single-hearted or work for peace." The Beatitudes is not a spirituality, after all. It's a geography. It tells us where to stand."
Author: Gregory Boyle
8. "God knows our hearts. There is no need for an idle formula or an intermediary. No need for language either: God is beyond translation."
Author: Hilary Mantel
9. "The original language of Christianity is translation."
Author: Lamin O. Sanneh
10. "Body language has no translation."
Author: Ljupka Cvetanova
11. "As long as human beings speak different languages, the need for translation will continue."
Author: Nataly Kelly
12. "But very affectionately. Since you're up on the language, why don't we finish the night off by…"She rose up to whisper in his ear, ending the provocative Italian with a quick nip on his lobe."Ummm." He didn't have a clue what she'd said, but the blood had cheerfully drained out of hishead. "I think I'm going to need a translation on that one."
Author: Nora Roberts
13. "Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation."
Author: Rumi
14. "I thought that strange syntax was the language of story books. I didn't realize those were poor translations... English from Edwardian times."
Author: Sandra Cisneros
15. "Abba is not Hebrew, the language of liturgy, but Aramaic, the language of home and everyday life … We need to be wary of the suggestion … that the correct translation of Abba is ‘Daddy.' Abba is the intimate word of a family circle where that obedient reverence was at the heart of the relationship, whereas Daddy is the familiar word of a family circle from which all thoughts of reverence and obedience have largely disappeared … The best English translation of Abba is simply ‘Dear Father."
Author: Thomas A. Smail
16. "A minute passes as we enter Little Tokyo. It's kind of similar to what you see in the movies, with a lot of signs in different languages with "engrish" translations underneath and those big red gates with the curved wood on top, whatever they're called. The passing people on the street are, understandably, largely of Asian descent.... I get a couple looks, but I suspect it's 'cause my hair is a variety of shades not seen outside of an anime."
Author: Vaughn R. Demont

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