Latin translation of short phrase
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30 Oct 2006 22:49 PST
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Hello prospective translators, I am working on creating a custom 'ex libris' stamp for myself because I lose too many books to friends. I'm a philosophy student and there is a quote from Milan Kundera that I have long been enamored with because it encapsulates my approach to philosophy as a discipline. I want to incorporate it somehow into the stamp design. Here is the quote: "Only the most naive of questions are truly serious ... It is questions with no answers that set the limits of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence." I would like to include a Latin version of the four word phrase "Questions with no answers" on my stamp. Given the context of the phrase, what is the best translation of it?
Re: Latin translation of short phrase
Answered By: juggler-ga on 31 Oct 2006 03:46 PST
Hello. I'd go with: "Quaestiones sine responsis." Breaking it down: quaestio (noun)- inquiry, question http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=q&p=1 This is a third declension noun so the nominative plural would be "quaestiones." sine (preposition + ablative) - without http://www.jact.org/subjects/vocablist.htm "Sine" is the best preposition to convey the meaning of "with no." responsum (noun) - answer ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&q=responsum+answer&btnG=Search This is a second declension neuter noun, so the plural ablative would be "responsis." The phrase "questions and answers" may be translated as "quaestiones et responsa." Examples of this usage: ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&q=%22quaestiones+et+responsa&btnG=Search Here, however, the preposition "sine" (without) requires "answers" to take the ablative form. Thus, we use "responsis." ------ search strategy: My own knowledge of Latin plus the searches mentioned above. I hope this helps.
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