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If you think about the Islamic Golden Age, there was lots of translation then. They translated from Latin and Greek into Arabic, into Persian, and then it was translated on into the Germanic languages of Europe and the Romance languages. And so light shone upon the Dark Ages of Europe.

—Patricia Ryan, TED Speaker, Don't insist on English!

Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), dt. Dichter