Mehr als das Blei in der Flinte das im Setzkasten

English translation: More than gold, it's lead that ..

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13:48 Dec 6, 2010
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Philosophy
German term or phrase: Mehr als das Blei in der Flinte das im Setzkasten
I am translating a market research survey that was done for a German library and in the foreword the author refers to a saying from the philosopher Georg Christoph Lichtenberg: "Mehr als das Gold hat das Blei die Welt veraendert. Und mehr als das Blei in der Flinte das im Setzkasten.". Has anyone any ideas?????
MScholey
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:24
English translation:More than gold, it's lead that ..
Explanation:
More than gold, it's lead that changed the world, and more than the lead in a gun, it was the lead in the typesetter’s (printer's) case.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)



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4 +6More than gold, it's lead that ..
Kim Metzger
4 +1more than the lead in the shotgun, that in the type case
Lynda Hepburn


  

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5 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
More than gold, it's lead that ..


Explanation:
More than gold, it's lead that changed the world, and more than the lead in a gun, it was the lead in the typesetter’s (printer's) case.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)



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Kim Metzger
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Nicola Wood
5 mins

agree  Helen Shiner
20 mins

agree  mill2
51 mins

agree  Ramey Rieger: yes. But "it was lead....... and more than lead ina gun, it was lead........." I'd leave out the "the's"
1 hr

agree  franglish
2 hrs

agree  Colin Rowe
2 hrs
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10 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
more than the lead in the shotgun, that in the type case


Explanation:
I think this might be equivalent to idea in "the pen is mightier than the sword". It's saying that the printed word has changed things more than wars have, I would say.

Lynda Hepburn
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:24
Native speaker of: English

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Colin Rowe: Also an "Agree" - for making the connection with the equivalent expression
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