A desire to believe (despite all evidence to the contrary) that words are at the bottom the names of things is what makes the translator's mission seem so impossible. David Bellos
Expressions in any language don't have a meaning just like that (...). Translation represents the meaning that an utterance has (...). In fact, the only way of being sure whether an utterance has any meaning at all is to get someone to translate it for you. David Bellos
It’s a well-known fact that a translation is no substitute for the original. It’s also perfectly obvious that this is wrong. Translations are substitutes for original texts. You use them in the place of a work written in a language you cannot read with ease. David Bellos
As a linguist he〈Mr. Pinker〉is a "descriptivist", believing that the mass of speakers, not a minority of experts, make the rules. Many so-called rules are superstitions that good writers routinely ignore.