"Det vonde drep du ikkje med øks",

English translation: You don't kill evil with an axe

20:04 Apr 15, 2005
Norwegian to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Norwegian term or phrase: "Det vonde drep du ikkje med øks",
Line from the novel "Medmenneske" by Norwegian author Olav Duun
Hilde Kristin Oien
Norway
Local time: 14:06
English translation:You don't kill evil with an axe
Explanation:
... or rather: you _cannot_ kill ...
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Local time: 14:06
Grading comment
Undoubtedly a correct, literal translation, but I am looking for a more idiomatic expression. All suggestions welcome.
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5 +1You don't kill evil with an axe
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You don't kill evil with an axe


Explanation:
... or rather: you _cannot_ kill ...

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Local time: 14:06
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Grading comment
Undoubtedly a correct, literal translation, but I am looking for a more idiomatic expression. All suggestions welcome.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Carlos Umaña: It would be useful to have a bigger part of the text to be able to place it in context
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