I often wonder about the English translation.

I would suggest one honour the translator while considering the paraphraser, to aid understanding:

[The sinner who does not repent already has a dead heart. ] ~qitmirin/tumblr


Sometimes even sleight relationships blossom into intimacy, not because one loves more generously, but because the other forgoes doubting.(@guyatree)


I want to tell you how this “quote” of mine arose… 

In one of his lesser read books. Coleman Barks advises his translations of Rumi are not translations so much as paraphrases, all of which arise in his mind after hearing translations of Rumi by various Iranian friends over and over, and on occasion having some weed.

I find that to be similar, but not the same, regarding Thomas Merton’s “translation” of Chuang Tzu. 

I  point this out frankly to excuse myself for having made a similar inspired paraphrase (called paraphrased only to be generous to myself, and perhaps more aptly called mangled) using as basis a tweet by Pico Iyer, whom I have tweeted about my vain alteration over his original tweet.  To date, he has not replied. 

Here is the original tweet:

”The imbalance in so many relationships comes not because one party loves more, but because one reads the other so much more clearly.”

                               ~@PicoIyer, July 22, 2017


The only change that Obamacare made in Medicaid was to give states the option of expanding coverage with increased federal funding,” said Ms. Collins, who opposed the Senate legislation. “Yet the Senate bill would have cut hundreds of billions of dollars from this program, imposed an entirely new formula and reduced the reimbursement rate below the cost of medical inflation.

NYT 7/18/27