Translating Lincoln

February 12, 2013
Abraham Lincoln
Rights free potrait. Library of Congress.

Join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday by adding your translations of this short Lincoln quote in the comments of this blog post. Thanks to WLT friends and staff, we begin this project with translations from Hindi, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. We hope you’ll help us keep the project alive even after the birthday ends.


“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves . . .” – Abraham Lincoln


“जो लोग दूसरों के लिए स्वतंत्रता से इनकार करते हैं, खुद के लिए इसके लायक नहीं .”

Hindi tr. by Gauri Nautiyal


“Ceux qui refusent la liberté à autrui, ne la méritent pas eux-mêmes.”

French tr. by WLT editor Daniel Simon


“Diejenigen, die anderen die Freiheit verweigern, verdient sie selber nicht.”

German tr. by Jordan Lohmeyer


“Coloro che negano la libertà agli altri non meritano di averla per se stessi.”

Italian tr. by Dr. Monica Seger



Japanese tr. by Dr. Takeshi Kimoto

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