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Law to ourselves, our reason is our law.

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Law to ourselves, our reason is our law.

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我々自身にとっての法律は、我々の理性が法律である。

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AlanF_US 2013-11-24 01:46 link permalink

"Law to ourselves, our reason is our law" -> "As law unto ourselves, our reason is our law"

CK 2013-11-24 02:04 link permalink

Alan,

I don't think your suggestion matches the Japanese.
我々自身にとっての法律は、

Pfirsichbaeumchen 2013-11-24 02:15 link permalink

The Japanese also seems rather strange. Perhaps Tommy could help make this a good sentence pair.

tommy_san 2013-11-24 03:06 link permalink

> The Japanese also seems rather strange.

Yeah. I can't understand what it means.

Pfirsichbaeumchen 2013-11-24 04:26 link permalink

The line is from John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, Book 9:

Serpent, we might have spar'd our coming hither,
Fruitless to mee, though Fruit be here to excess,
The credit of whose vertue rest with thee,
Wondrous indeed, if cause of such effects.
But of this Tree we may not taste nor touch;
God so commanded, and left that Command
Sole Daughter of his voice; the rest, we live
Law to our selves, our Reason is our Law.

I would suggest either completing the quote or deleting both sentences.