今日名言

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“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

– Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

「刻意討好惡勢力,無非是希望最後一個受害。」– 溫斯頓‧邱吉爾 (英國首相)

  • appease (n.) 安撫,討好。例:The government changed the law in order to appease its critics. (政府修法是為了討好批評者。) crocodile (n.) 鱷魚。
  • 溫斯頓‧邱吉爾 (1874-1965) 曾擔任 2 屆英國首相,因第二次世界大戰領導英國而聞名。除此之外,邱吉爾也是文學家,在 1953 年獲得諾貝爾文學獎。

Ernest Hemingway (作家)

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“Don’t confuse movement with action.”

– Ernest Hemingway, Writer

「別把動作與具體行為混為一談。」– 歐內斯特‧海明威 (作家)

  • 解讀:movement 是沒有計畫的忙碌行動,action 是經過規劃、有實際效果的行為。
  • 歐內斯特‧海明威 (1899-1961) 為美國著名作家,在 1954 年獲得諾貝爾文學獎,以用詞簡潔及描述保守 (understatement) 為寫作風格,代表作包括 The Old Man and the Sea (老人與海) 及A Farewell to Arms (戰地春夢)。

J.K. Rowling (作家)

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“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”

– J.K. Rowling, Writer

「只要目標相同,心胸開闊,習慣與語言的差異不足為慮。」– 羅琳 (作家)

  • 羅琳 (1965- ) 是《哈利波特》系列小說的作者,該系列小說在全世界已銷售逾 4 億冊。羅琳出生於英國一貧寒家庭,在她最窮困潦倒時毅然決然做她最熱愛的事 – 寫小說,而她的身價根據《富比士》的統計已達 10 億美金。

Antonio Gala (作家)

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“Making someone happy is perhaps the humblest way of approaching happiness.”

– Antonio Gala, Writer

「遏人開心,也許是獲取快樂的最簡單方法。」– 安東尼奧‧卡勒 (作家)

  • humble (adj.) 簡單而實用的。例:The humble potato may be the key to feeding the world’s poor. (看來不起眼的馬鈴薯,或許可成為全球貧窮人口的主要糧食。) approach (v.) 靠近,走近。例:The car swerved to avoid an approaching bus. (那輛小客車轉向,避開行駛來的公車。)
  • 安東尼奧‧卡勒 (1930- ) 是西班牙詩人、劇作家及小說家。他同時擁有法律、哲學、政治及經濟學位,著作種類廣泛,包括短篇故事、新聞、電視劇本等,並獲得一些獎項的肯定。

Nelson Mandela (前南非總統)

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“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

– Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

「重溫故地而發現自己的改變,是一個非常特別的感受。」– 納爾遜‧曼德拉 (前南非總統)

  • 納爾遜‧曼德拉 (1918- ) 為南非第一位全民公投選上的總統,他年輕時是反對黨武裝組織的領袖,因反抗種族隔離政策而被捕入獄 27 年。他 71 歲獲釋後領導多黨協商,達成多元族群的民主共識,他在 1993 年獲得諾貝爾和平獎。

Steve Maraboli (勵志演說家)

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“It is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”

– Steve Maraboli, Motivational Speaker

「一個人不可能同時感恩又感到沮喪,心存感恩的人比較可能在混亂中看到訊息。雖然有時會被生活擊倒,但感恩的人總會找到理由再站起來,即便是微小的理由。」– 史蒂夫‧馬拉博利 (勵志演說家)

  • 史蒂夫‧馬拉博利是美國的勵志演說家及作家,他的著作在全球翻譯成 25 種語言,他也在 30 多個國家發表演講,其名言在社群網站廣為流傳。

William Arthur Ward (學者)

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“Happiness has a habit of pursuing the person who feels grateful to his God, comfortable with his conscience, in favor with his friend, in love with his labors and in balance with his bank.”

– William Arthur Ward, Scholar

「習慣心感上蒼、不違良知、交友相得、喜愛工作、收支平衡,則快樂自來。」– 威廉‧亞瑟‧沃德 (學者)

  • conscience (n.) 良知﹐良心。Be guided by your conscience. (讓良心來指引你。) be in favor (with somebody) 受歡迎的。例:Hawaii is very much in favor as a holiday destination. (夏威夷是一個受歡迎的渡假勝地。)
  • 威廉‧亞瑟‧沃德 (1921-1994) 為美國著名作家,著有「信念的泉源」 (Fountains of Faith),他的名言經常被引用,且文章經常被刊登在各大雜誌裡。
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