A thing well said will be wit in all languages though it may lose something in the translation.
-Dryden,John An Essay of Dramatic Poesy,’The Wit of the Ancients: The Universal’.
Poetry is what is lost in translation. It is also what is lost in interpretation.
-Frost, Robert Lee Quoted in Louis Untermeyer Robert Frost: A Backward Look (1964).
Translation is the paradigm, the exemplar of all writing It is translation that demonstrates most vividly the yearning for transformation that underlies every act involving speech, that supremely human gift.
-Mathews, Harry Burchell Country Cooking and Other Stories,’The Dialect of the Tribe’.
The vanity of translation; it were as wise to cast a violet into a crucible that you might discover the formal principle of its colour and odour, as seek to transfuse from one language to another the creations of a poet. 786 The plant must spring again from its seed, or it will bear no flower.
-Shelley, Percy Bysshe A Defence of Poetry.