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Can't be wrong whose life is in the right

English translation: a man who leads a righteous life can't possibly ever be wrong

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11:31 Jul 18, 2005
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Religion / 19th century text; Christian zeal
English term or phrase: Can't be wrong whose life is in the right
Are we really going to put a mere vague thing called "earnestness", in the place of Christ, and to maintain that no earnest man can be wrong? God forbid that we should give place to such doctrine! I shrink with horror from such theology. I warn men solemnly to beware of being carried away by it, for it is common and most seductive in this day. Beware of it, for it is only a new form of an old error,--that old error which says that a man "Can't be wrong whose life is in the right".

Referring to this quotation of Alexander Pope:
"For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight, His can't be wrong whose life is in the right."

What sense has this sentence here?
Ana Juliá
Spain
Local time: 12:24
English translation:a man who leads a righteous life can't possibly ever be wrong
Explanation:
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Valentin Alupoaie
Romania
Local time: 13:24
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4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
4 +18a man who leads a righteous life can't possibly ever be wrong
Valentin Alupoaie


  

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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +18
can't be wrong whose life is in the right
a man who leads a righteous life can't possibly ever be wrong


Explanation:
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Valentin Alupoaie
Romania
Local time: 13:24
Native speaker of: Native in RomanianRomanian
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thanks!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  David Knowles
1 min
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agree  Nick Lingris: Being of course somewhat of a misquotation of Alexander Pope, who says that the righteous man's faith can't be wrong.
2 mins
  -> Yes, Pope actually speaks of faith in this quote: "his (faith) can't..."

agree  David Copeland
3 mins
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agree  Vicky Papaprodromou
8 mins
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agree  Anabel Martínez
9 mins
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agree  Ulrike Kraemer
17 mins
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agree  Andrey Belousov
24 mins
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agree  Aisha Maniar
26 mins
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agree  Kirill Semenov: can he? An open way to extremism, I believe.... :(
29 mins
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agree  Selin Fikirdanış
30 mins
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agree  Tony M: No, it's not the MAN who can't be wrong, but his FAITH! // Yes, you're right, I had myself misread the MIS-quotation! Sorry!
1 hr
  -> That's what Pope says, indeed. But in Ana's texts it is a clear misquotation, as Nick Lingris (aka Santo Subito) mentioned above, don't you think?

agree  Saleh Chowdhury, Ph.D.
3 hrs
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agree  NancyLynn
7 hrs
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agree  xxxAlfa Trans
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agree  Alp Berker
13 hrs
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agree  Balasubramaniam L.
14 hrs
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agree  Sonia Soros
21 hrs
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agree  Nigel Jones
1 day3 hrs
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