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Malcom X once said:

You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself.

It is a fairly well known quote.

  • Are there any “official” translations of this quote? (Not Google translate, etc.)
  • iciba (official?): 你不能恨一棵树的根,而不恨树。你不能恨非洲,也不恨自己。 – user6065 Oct 19 '15 at 3:20
  • Only official statements, such as government regulations and UN statements, get official translations. Maybe you meant to ask whether there is any already published translation? – Colin McLarty Oct 20 '15 at 14:17
  • well known example of "official translation":阿拉伯语: لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله‎ 罗马化: lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muḥammadun rasūlu-llāh 中文翻译: “万物非主,唯有真主。穆罕默德,是主使者。 – user6065 Oct 20 '15 at 14:48
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Such sayings have their culture background and only Malcom X himself could tell whether a translation is right or not.

"背祖忘宗" or "數典忘祖" may carry a similar meaning but does not have the same context. Not to say creative translations like "惱根怎可不惱樹, 厭鄉也該厭自己".

  • Or even shorter: 惱根該惱樹, 厭鄉當厭己 – Henry HO Oct 21 '15 at 16:19
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I think should be

你不能恨一棵树的根,而不恨树。你不能恨非洲,不恨自己。

It's literal translation, I don't know whether there is a more elegant way like translated into Chinese idiom.

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I think there are many chinese saying

  • 人穷怪屋基、屋漏怪瓦稀
  • 人醜不要怪父母,人窮不要怪政府
  • Different meanings. Not a translation of, said, quote by any means. – user3306356 Oct 21 '15 at 5:15
  • I think @user3306356 you are not a chinese? This is a very good translation. – Fred Oct 22 '15 at 14:20

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