Title says it all — in a moment of despair if you want to inspire someone and say “Steel your heart” how would you do so in German?

I stepped upon this in the sentence

“Steel your heart and your soul will shine brighter than a thousand suns.”

One attempt to find a decent translation was

“Stähle dein Herz und deine Seele wird heller scheinen als tausende Sonnen.”

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    – Takkat
    Nov 29, 2015 at 16:29
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    You should include in the question an explanation, what the phrase means. Nov 29, 2015 at 17:54

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The rough equivalents I remember are:

  • Fasse Dir ein Herz
  • Nimm Dein Herz in die Hand
  • +1 für "Fasse dir ein Herz"
    – Iris
    Nov 30, 2015 at 9:16

Most likely

Lass den Kopf nicht hängen!

sometimes in combination with

Halte die Ohren steif.


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