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|French to English translations [PRO]|
|French term or phrase: Ce qui ne tue pas engraisse|
|Does anyone have a good translation for this saying? Here's the context: "'Ce qui ne tue pas engraisse' constate la sagesse populaire. Les Etats ont beaucoup tue, mais dans les voies de l'evolution, tout impenetrables et choquantes qu'elles soient, ils ont joue leur role positif."|
The English phrase (which, yes, has now become idiomatic, largely through (over) exposure in American films) is a rough translation of Nietzsche's "Was nicht mich umbringt, macht mir staerker" (German spelling approximate, apologies) -- "What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger."
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|Somehow this question got posted twice, so I got two sets of answers and chose an answer from the other set a few weeks ago. The one I chose was "What doesn't kill you will cure you" because I've heard the expression before even though you don't hear it very often. Thanks for providing an alternative. Karen|
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What doesn't kill, makes one fatter.
Or possibly also "What doesn't kill, fattens."
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