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Denn nicht die Taten sind es

English translation: Men are not moved...

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German term or phrase:Denn nicht die Taten sind es...
English translation:Men are not moved...
Entered by: Anne Schulz
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10:01 Mar 14, 2008
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / Aristotle
German term or phrase: Denn nicht die Taten sind es
Denn nicht die Taten sind es, die die Menschen bewegen, sondern die Worte über die Taten.

I know it's not a straight-forward term search, but I have searched through all the quotations by Aristotle that I can find and have come up with nothing. I really hope someone can help. I'm also under a lot of pressure for time. Thank you in advance for any assistance with this.
AnnS
Local time: 19:45
Men are not moved...
Explanation:
I wonder if this has something to do with a quote ascribed to another Greek philosopher:

The Stoic Epictetus held that 'Men are not moved by events but by their interpretations'. Even in facing death and suffering, by showing courage we can turn ...
www.timlebon.com/frankl.htm - 56k - Im Cache - Ähnliche Seiten

If the origin is Aristotle and thus neither German nor English, you could probably chose your own translation of this saying.
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Anne Schulz
Germany
Local time: 20:45
Grading comment
Many, many thanks, Anne. I had struggled for hours to find something appropriate and am extremely grateful for your prompt help. I have to say, the German sites that refer to the original quotation appear to agree on Aristotle. However, your solution worked well. Thanks also to everyone else for your support and interest.
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Men are not moved...


Explanation:
I wonder if this has something to do with a quote ascribed to another Greek philosopher:

The Stoic Epictetus held that 'Men are not moved by events but by their interpretations'. Even in facing death and suffering, by showing courage we can turn ...
www.timlebon.com/frankl.htm - 56k - Im Cache - Ähnliche Seiten

If the origin is Aristotle and thus neither German nor English, you could probably chose your own translation of this saying.


Anne Schulz
Germany
Local time: 20:45
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
Many, many thanks, Anne. I had struggled for hours to find something appropriate and am extremely grateful for your prompt help. I have to say, the German sites that refer to the original quotation appear to agree on Aristotle. However, your solution worked well. Thanks also to everyone else for your support and interest.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Ken Cox: aside from the fact that the 'quote culture' is much less pronounced in English than in German, this could be the nth example of false attribition (and we all know that the Web is full of copied material)
2 mins

agree  Jonathan MacKerron: "Crime does not pay ... as well as politics" attributed to Alfred E. Newman...
5 mins

agree  David Moore: Er...Jonathan, is that why so many politicians are criminals? Or did the criminals just go into politics?
22 mins

agree  Ingeborg Gowans: @ David: worthwhile pondering :)
58 mins

agree  babli: agree. Or Men are not moved by actions, but by their interpretations.
2 hrs

agree  Rebecca Garber: It's not what you did, it's how you spin it. A more cynical take...
3 hrs

agree  KARIN ISBELL: I am with babli and Rebecca
4 hrs

agree  philippid
4 hrs

agree  Colin Rowe: History always being written by the victors, and all that...
4 hrs
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