Copy & paste this link to your blog or website to reference this page
Quotation by Robert Fitzgerald
The test of a given phrase would be: Is it worthy to be immortal? To "make a beeline" for something. That's worthy of being immortal and is immortal in English idiom. "I guess I'll split" is not going to be immortal and is excludable, therefore excluded.
Robert Fitzgerald (1910–1985), U.S. scholar, translator. Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).
on his criteria for translating Homeric Greek. Fitzgerald's translations of Homer's Odyssey and The Iliad appeared in 1961 and 1974.
Surprise me with a
The Columbia World of Quotations © 1996, Columbia University Press.
Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. Except as otherwise permitted by written agreement, the following are prohibited: copying substantial portions or the entirety of the work in machine readable form, making multiple printouts thereof, and other uses of the work inconsistent with U.S. and applicable foreign copyright and related laws.
2013 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.