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。

John Ruskin (藝術評論家)

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“The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”

– John Ruskin, English Art Critic

「努力的最大報酬不是你獲得什麼,而是你成為什麼。」– 約翰‧拉斯金 (藝術評論家)

  • toil (n.) 長時間地辛苦勞作。例:He has a comfortable life only after years of hard toil. (在辛苦多年後,他才過得舒適的生活。)
  • 約翰‧拉斯金(1819-1900)是英國維多利亞時代主要的藝術評論家之一,本身亦為天才而多產的作家,他寫作的題材包羅萬象,包括地理、神話、動物學、教育、政治、經濟等。

Genrich Altshuller (發明家)

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“The world is endless, the universe inexhaustible, and the human brain will never be threatened with unemployment.”

– Genrich Altshuller, Inventor

「這個世界無窮無盡,這個宇宙用之不竭,而人的大腦絕不會受失業所威脅。」– 根里奇‧阿奇舒勒 (發明家)

  • inexhaustible (adj.) 無窮無盡的,用不完的。例:a man of inexhaustible energy (精力旺盛的人)。
  • 根里奇‧阿奇舒勒 (1926-1998) 是前蘇聯工程師、發明家及作家,創立了「發明式的問題解決理論」(TRIZ),提出人們可以憑學習而成為發明家的說法。此外,他也著有科幻小說。

John W. Gardner (美國部長)

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“We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.”

– John W. Gardner, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare

「我們持續碰到一連串絕佳的機會,它們喬裝為無解的問題。」– 約翰‧加德納 (美國健康教育與福利部長)

  • brilliantly (adv.) 出色地,極好地;brilliant (adj.)。例:a brilliant idea (一個絕妙的主意)。disguise (v.) 假扮,隱藏。例:He disguised himself as a doctor and sneaked in the hospital. (他喬裝為醫生潛入醫院。) insoluble (adj.) (似乎) 無解的。例:insoluble conflict in the Middle East (中東看似無解的紛爭);soluble (adj.) 有解的。
  • 約翰‧加德納 (1912-2002) 曾任美國健康教育與福利部長,也是卡內基教學促進基金會的總裁、兩個重要的全國性組織共同事業(Common Cause)和獨立機構(Independent Sector)的創建者,他在 1964 年榮獲「總統自由勳章」。

James Barrie (小說家)

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“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

– James Barrie, Novelist

「為他人帶來陽光的人,自己也一定會沐浴在陽光下。」– 詹姆斯‧巴利 (小說家)

  • 詹姆斯‧巴利 (1860-1937) 是蘇格蘭小說家及劇作家,世界著名兒童文學《彼得潘》的作者,他在 1913 年授勳為「從男爵」,1930 年受聘為愛丁堡大學榮譽校長,死前將《彼得潘》的相關版權悉數捐贈給倫敦的大歐蒙街兒童醫院,其至今仍蒙受其利。

Harry Truman (美國第 33 任總統)

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“The worst danger we face is the danger of being paralyzed by doubts and fears. This danger is brought on by those who abandon faith and sneer at hope.”

– Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States

「我們所面臨的最大危險,是被疑慮及恐懼所癱瘓,這個危險通常是由拋棄信念及蔑視希望的人所帶來。」– 哈瑞‧杜魯門 (美國第 33 任總統)

  • paralyze (v.) 癱瘓。abandon (v.) 拋棄,放棄。sneer (v.) 冷笑,譏笑。例:”Is that your best performance?” she sneered. (她冷笑:「這是你最好的表現嗎?」) bring on 導致不好的事發生。例:Obesity can bring on an heart attack. (肥胖可能導致心臟病。)
  • 哈瑞‧杜魯門 (1884-1972) 在小羅斯福過逝後接任總統,任內遭遇許多重大事件:國內有經濟衰退、物資短缺、無數的罷工事件等;國外則有納粹德國的敗亡、廣島與長崎的原子彈、聯合國成立、冷戰開始、韓戰的爆發、及北約的成立等。
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