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I came across this sentence:

Comment ne plus se mettre dans tous ses états pour un oui ou pour un non ?

(It's the first sentence of the preface of Petite Philosophie Du Matin.)

This seems to translate to "How to stop being in all its states for a yes or a no?" That doesn't make sense to me. Is that a correct translation?

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No, that is not a correct translation, and the reason for that is first, that "se mettre dans tous ses états" is an idiomatic expression that means "to get into a state" (strangely enough… when in French it's a matter of all of one's possible states (whatever that is), in English it is just a matter of one state (whatever that is)…), and second, that the same goes for "pour un oui ou pour un non" (for a trifle).

(Cambridge Dictionnary) se mettre dans tous ses états
get into a state to become very upset or anxious
♦ She got into a right state when her daughter did not come home from school at the usual time.

So your translation might be as follows.

  • How to avoid getting into a state for no apparent/good reason. (also, "for a trifle", "for any little reason", over nothing", "at the drop of a hat", Word Reference))

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