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I saw somewhere the following quote:

Wandel und Wechsel liebt, wer lebt.

What is the best way to translate this quote into English? My attempt:

Who lives, likes change and abrupt change.

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    Using the same noun for both translations is grating, even with a qualifier. Since Wandel is gradual and Wechsel instantaneous, you want terms like "transitions and reverses" instead. – Kilian Foth Apr 19 at 20:14
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Evolution and revolution are loved by those, who live.

  • Very nice that you pick the formal "poetic" feature (anaphora) and find a translation which also contains a formal poetic feature (rhyme)! Would give +5 for that, if it was possible. – jonathan.scholbach Apr 19 at 23:25
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    Maybe Janka's "loves who lives" would fit nicely here too – jonathan.scholbach Apr 19 at 23:26
  • @jonathan.scholbach: Vielleicht entscheidet sich Janka ja noch, was sie als Kommentar gepostet hat in eine Antwort umzuwandeln. – user unknown Apr 20 at 2:59
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  • Evolution and revolution loves who lives.
  • Evolution and revolution loves he who lives.
  • Evolution and revolution love they who live.

Personally, I find the prosody with a personal pronoun better.

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    ... love they who live... – jonathan.scholbach Apr 20 at 7:12
  • I am not sure, but I think, using plural is a standard in English when talking about a person whose gender is unknown. It is even used when there is definitely only one person. But I don't know if the use is limited to the academic domain. – jonathan.scholbach Apr 20 at 7:23
  • There are many idioms with he who. dict.cc/?s=he+who – Björn Friedrich Apr 20 at 7:25

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