To inspire

Here is one of the best quotes I have ever read about the process of translation:

“Every translation is interpretation, and even though that term makes me cringe, moving ideas from one language to another is not an act of duplication. A different but faithful version is created by listening keenly and humbly to the original’s voice”.

(xxvi Introduction, The Cloud of Unknowing with the Book of Privy Counsel: A new translation by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, Shambhala Boulder, 2009, quoted with the permission of the writer and the publisher).