Beryl Markham (飛行家)

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“If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.”

– Beryl Markham, Aviator

「一個傑出的人,不是在炫麗的一刻展現他過人之處,而是在他每天的工作裡。」– 白芮兒.瑪克罕 (飛行家)

  • come to light 展現,讓人知道。例:Some of the artist’s best works did not came to light until he passed away. (這位藝術家一些最出色的作品,在他死後才被人發現。) flamboyant (adj.) 炫耀的,浮誇的。例:Some flamboyant moves in martial arts are not very practical. (一些武術的招式其實是華而不實。) ledger (n.) 帳本。
  • 白芮兒.瑪克罕 (1902-1986) 是出生於英國的肯亞作家、飛行員及冒險家,也是首位獨自駕機飛越大西洋的女飛行員,她的回憶錄《夜航西飛》(West with the Night) 為文學經典,紀錄她非洲狩獵、訓練賽馬,以及飛行的經驗。

Peter F. Drucker (管理學專家)

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“It is the willingness of people to give of themselves over and above the demands of the job that distinguishes the great from the merely adequate.”

– Peter F. Drucker, Management Expert

「願意付超出過工作的要求,將區別卓越的人和一般的人。」– 彼得‧杜拉克 (管理學專家)

  • give of… 付出時間、精力或金錢而不求回報。例:Susan is popular, because she often gives of her time to help others. (蘇珊人緣不錯,因為她常幫助公司裡的人。) over and above… 在…之外,額外的。例:In some cases, foreign workers get round-trip plane tickets over and above their base salary. (有時候國外員工除了基本薪水外,還可獲得來回機票。) adequate (adj.) 足夠的,過得去的。例:His performance last night was adequate but far from excellent. (他昨晚的演出可以接受,但離卓越還有一大段距離。)
  • 彼得‧杜拉克 (1909-2005) 是著名的管理學家,對許多管理理論有深遠的影響,包括:decentralization (權力下放)、privatization (民營化)、empowerment (授予權力) 等,他同時也預測知識經濟時代的來臨,被譽為「現代管理學之父」。

Ann Landers (專欄作家)

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“I think your chances of coming out okay are better if you do what you think is right.”

– Ann Landers, Advice Columnist

「我覺得做你認為是對的事,你將會比較順利。」– 安‧蘭德斯 (專欄作家)

  • come out 結果。例:Everything came out all right. (最後一切都沒事。)
  • 安‧蘭德斯 (1918-2002) 是美國家喻戶曉的筆名,其真名為 Eppie Lederer,她的 “Ask Ann Landers” 專欄接受讀者來信提問生活問題,曾在北美各報紙同時刊登長達 47 年之久。

Jean Paul (作家)

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“Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.”

– Jean Paul, Writer

「別等特別的時機做好的行為,利用一般的情境。」– 約翰‧保羅‧里克特 (作家)

  • extraordinary (adj.) 非凡的,不尋常的。circumstance (n.) 情況,情形。
  • 讓‧保羅 (1763-1825) 是德國浪漫主義派作家,以幽默小說及故事作品聞名。

Bill Clinton (美國第 42 任總統)

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“We live to prove that cooperation works better than conflict.”

– Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States

「我們活著證明,合作是比衝突更好的方式。」– 比爾‧柯林頓 (美國第 42 任總統)

  • 比爾‧柯林頓 (1946- ) 為美國史上第 3 年輕的總統,在位八年歷經美國和平時期最長的經濟發展、達到財政收支平衡,國庫盈餘 5,590 億美元。卸任後成立威廉‧柯林頓基金會,致力於愛滋病和全球暖化等問題的預防。

George Bernard Shaw (劇作家)

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“When I was young I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.”

– George Bernard Shaw, Playwright

「我年輕時發現,我所做的十件裡有九件失敗,所以我增加十倍的努力。」– 蕭伯納 (劇作家)

  • 喬治‧蕭伯納 (1856-1950) 是愛爾蘭人,他在 1925 年獲得諾貝爾文學獎,他的作品《賣花女》在 1935 改拍為電影並獲得奧斯卡最佳劇本獎。他也是倫敦大學的倫敦經濟學院 (London School of Economics) 創辦人之一。

Henry Atkinson (陸軍軍官)

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“Good enough is not enough. It is ever the enemy of the best.”

– Henry Atkinson, Army Officer

「夠好還不夠,它是最好的敵人。」– 亨利‧阿特金森 (陸軍軍官)

  • ever (adv.) 永遠。例:Ever optimistic, Mary decided to re-take the test. (瑪莉一向樂觀,因此決定再考一次。)
  • 亨利‧阿特金森 (1782-1842) 是美國陸軍軍官,曾在西部邊疆多個軍事單位協防,並參與美國第二次獨立戰爭。戰後他率兵進入西部,與印第安人交涉、簽訂協議,之後與印第安人交戰。
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