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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.
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