He who is ignorant of foreign languages, knows not his own.

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, statesman, scientist
Über Kunst und Alterthum (1821)
    (Source)

Alt. trans.:
  • "He who knows not foreign languages, knows nothing of his own."
  • "No man who knows only his own language knows even that."
  • "He who knows but one language knows none."
  • "He who knows one language, knows none."
  • "A man who has no acquaintance with foreign languages knows nothing of his own." [tr. Bailey Saunders]
Added on 6-Jul-04 | Last updated 20-Nov-20
Link to this post
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Goethe, Johann von

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.