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English translation: It's best to double check

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19:35 Apr 26, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: Three German sayings
The aggie marketing thing again, please help me with the following three German sayings: 1) "Vertrauen ist gut, Kontrolle ist besser" -
2) "Das Mißtrauen ist der Vater des Gedankens" -
3) "Die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln" – For all three I need a real English saying that everyone will recognize. For number three, I know "Fools´ luck!" but hope to get something from you that has to do with farming. For the second one I also need an explanation of the meaning.
Dan McCrosky
Local time: 18:43
English translation:It's best to double check
Explanation:
1) is a quote from Lenin which means "trust is a good thing, but it is better to check"; 2) is something similar as the English "necessity is the mother of invention" but says "doubt is the father of all (original) thought", I don't know of an English equivalent proverb; 3) is indeed "fool's luck": it says that the dummest farmers harvest the largest potatoes, so it's all down to luck, not skill.
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Dr. Sahib Bleher
Local time: 17:43
Grading comment
Thanks folks. bleher's two answers covered all three bases. Dan
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Summary of answers provided
naMarry in haste, repent at leisure.Wigtil
naHe who knows nothing, doubts nothing
Dr. Sahib Bleher
naIt's best to double check
Dr. Sahib Bleher
nasee below
Tom Funke


  

Answers


see below


Explanation:
(1 a) Trust but verify (Ronald Regan);

(1 b) If you trust before you try, you may repent before you die

(3) Fortune favors fools (originally a Latin proverb)

(2) Sorry, no luck, and I’m out the door...

Source (1b & 2)
Dictionary of Quotations and Proverbs, ISBN 1 85152 074 0

Best of luck, Tom


Tom Funke
Local time: 12:43
Native speaker of: English
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24 mins
It's best to double check


Explanation:
1) is a quote from Lenin which means "trust is a good thing, but it is better to check"; 2) is something similar as the English "necessity is the mother of invention" but says "doubt is the father of all (original) thought", I don't know of an English equivalent proverb; 3) is indeed "fool's luck": it says that the dummest farmers harvest the largest potatoes, so it's all down to luck, not skill.


Dr. Sahib Bleher
Local time: 17:43
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 219
Grading comment
Thanks folks. bleher's two answers covered all three bases. Dan
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35 mins
He who knows nothing, doubts nothing


Explanation:
Just to add to my earlier answer, there is a similar saying to 2: He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.


Dr. Sahib Bleher
Local time: 17:43
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2 hrs
Marry in haste, repent at leisure.


Explanation:
"Marry in haste, repent at leisure." Though very far from the denotations of the German saying, the English smart-aleck remark clearly matches the cautionary note in your quotation.

--D. Wigtil

Wigtil
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