Wednesday, July 03, 2019


Difficulty of Translating

Montesquieu (1689-1755), Oeuvres complètes, Tome II: Pensées, Spicilèges, Geographica, Voyages (Paris: Nagel, 1950), p. 412 (Pensées, no. 1397):
Difficulté de traduire. — Il faut d'abord bien sçavoir le latin; ensuite, il faut l'oublier.
Translated by Henry C. Clark:
DIFFICULTY OF TRANSLATING. At first, one must know Latin well; then, one must forget it.

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