English translation: their noblest innermost aspirations (literally: desires perceived when one is in one's most positive frame of mind)
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Swedish term or phrase:
sina bästa stämningars längtan
their noblest innermost aspirations (literally: desires perceived when one is in one's most positive frame of mind)
Swedish to English translations [PRO] Government / Politics
Swedish term or phrase:sina bästa stämningars längtan
Quote from Hjalmar Branting, who talks about människors möjligheter att förverkliga sina bästa stämningars längtan, a phrase apparently repeated by Palme.
On the internet someone interpreted this as meaning to act "efter eget huvud".
The only translation I can find is "realize their own yearning for lofty personal development".
The meanng of the expression, which is an important social democratic slogan, seems to be"their noblest aspirations" (noblest in the sense of aspirations freed from little education, discrimination and unfavourable factors affecting individuals). However, this would reduce the quotation to nothing so I have gone for "their noblest innermost aspirations". The word "best" would mean little. No doubt a long period of reflection could produce a better translation!
Another translation I've found (from a speech by Göran Persson):
achieving the best of their innermost desires.
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the best moods of their desire
Explanation: Lost in translation.
A thought: How does the committee decide a Nobel prize winner in literature when the members don't know the language?
Is it the author or perhaps the translator who is worth the prize?
George Hopkins Local time: 08:57 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 12
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