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Help Translating One Sentence From Romansh To English?

Greetings all! My wife and I recently returned to the US from an amazing trip to Switzerland, and we are looking for some help with translating a single sentence from Romansh to English. The sentence (please see attached picture) is painted above the front desk in the lobby of the Hotel Bären in St. Moritz. Our tour guide said that it roughly translates to “Everyone wants to be, but not everyone wants to become”. However, I have had trouble verifying the exact translation reliably from online resources. Would anyone be willing and able to help a lover of Switzerland correctly translate this phrase? Many thanks in advance!
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Re: Help Translating One Sentence From Romansh To English?

The image is a bit small to really be able to decipher the letters.
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Re: Help Translating One Sentence From Romansh To English?

As ASitUS says it's quite a blurry pic - and my Romansh is near nonexistent anyway - but I'd *think* that's the other way round... maybe your guide got it mixed up?

Minch ün voul dvanter ed üngün nu voul esser"
Jeder will werden und keiner will sein
Everyone wants to become and no one wants to be
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Re: Help Translating One Sentence From Romansh To English?

Here is another picture, hopefully clearer and easier to see. Thank you for your assistance!
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Re: Help Translating One Sentence From Romansh To English?

I have a couple dictionaries, but they are at work and I'm home with a stomach bug.

I will check tomorrow.

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Re: Help Translating One Sentence From Romansh To English?

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As ASitUS says it's quite a blurry pic - and my Romansh is near nonexistent anyway - but I'd *think* that's the other way round... maybe your guide got it mixed up?

Minch ün voul dvanter ed üngün nu voul esser"
Jeder will werden und keiner will sein
Everyone wants to become and no one wants to be
Found one of my dictionaries, your translation is correct, MN.

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Re: Help Translating One Sentence From Romansh To English?

My native-speaking colleague says (loosely translated by me from French):


It's very philosophical and written in a different dialect to mine but:


Everyone wants to become but nobody wants to be


(repeating what had already been worked out)
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Re: Help Translating One Sentence From Romansh To English?

Thank you all so much for your swift assistance!
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