今日名言

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“The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy – invincible determination – a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.”

– Thomas Fowell Buxton, Social Reformer

「我活的愈久,我愈確定卓越與微弱的巨大差異在於能量 – 所向披靡的決心 – 目標一旦確立,不是戰死就是成功。」– 湯巴斯.克斯頓 (社會改革者)

  • certain (adj.) 確定的。insignificant (adj.) 不重要的,無足輕重的。例:That achievement appears insignificant compared with what they did. (與他們做的相比,那個成就顯得微不足道。) invincible (adj.) 無敵的,無法阻擋的。例:Mongol cavalry was invincible in the 13th century. (蒙古騎兵在 13 世紀所向無敵。)
  • 湯巴斯.克斯頓 (1786-1846) 為英國從男爵、國會議員及社會改革者,他在 1822 年於下議院成為主張廢除英國殖民地蓄奴制度的領袖。

John Kennedy (美國第 35 任總統)

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“I am reminded of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon.”

– John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. President

「我記得法國著名的元帥利奧泰,他曾要求他的園丁種一顆樹,園丁表示反對,說那樹長的很慢且要一百年才能長成,利奧泰回答,若是那樣,我們不能浪費時間,今天下午就植樹。」– 約翰‧甘迺迪 (美國第 35 任總統)

  • object (v.) 反對。maturity (n.) 成熟。
  • 約翰‧甘迺迪 (1917-1963) 在 43 歲當選總統,為美國史上第二年輕的總統,任內歷經古巴飛彈危機、柏林圍牆的建立、與蘇聯太空競賽等。甘迺迪總統在任內第 3 年遇刺身亡,至今仍是美國人民最敬仰的總統之一。

Golda Meir (以色列總理)

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“I was never so naïve or foolish as to think that if you merely believe in something it happens. You must struggle for it.”

– Golda Meir, Israel Prime Minister

「我從沒有天真或愚蠢到認為,你只要相信一件事,它就會發生,你必須為它奮鬥。」– 果爾達‧梅厄 (以色列總理)

  • naive (adj.) 天真的,幼稚的。merely (v.) 只是,僅僅。struggle (v.) 努力,奮鬥。
  • 果爾達‧梅厄 (1898-1978) 是以色列創國者之一,曾擔任以色列勞工部長、外交部長及總理,被外界認為是以色列的「鐵娘子」,她是首位以色列女性總理,也是世界上第四位女性總理。

Ben Stein (作家)

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“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders.”

– Ben Stein, Writer

「一些挫敗進入即使最勝利的人生也是無可避免的,人的心靈絕不會在被擊倒時結束,而是在投降時結束。」– 班傑明‧斯泰 (作家)

  • inevitable (adj.) 不可避免的,必然的。例:A military crash between the two major powers is inevitable. ( 這兩個主要國家的軍事衝突是無可避免的。) surrender (v.) 投降。
  • 班傑明‧斯泰 (1944-) 是美國作家、律師,曾擔任美國尼克森總統及福特總統的演講稿撰寫人,他也經常發表政治、經濟及社會議題的社論,後來也開始主持節目並且獲得「艾美獎」。

Theodore Roosevelt (美國第 26 任總統)

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“All the resources we need are in the mind.”

– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President

「所有我們需要的資源都在大腦裡。」– 西奧多‧羅斯福 (美國第 26 任總統)

  • 西奧多‧羅斯福 (1858-1919) 人稱「老羅斯福」,42 歲成為美國史上最年輕的總統,任內促成巴拿馬運河之開通,調停日俄戰爭而獲得諾貝爾和平獎,他也是自然學家、作家、軍人、獵人及探險家,被普遍認為美國最偉大的總統之一。

Madonna (歌手)

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“You can’t stay relevant unless you’re pushing yourself out onto the razor’s edge of life on a regular basis. Once you become comfortable, you become complacent. If you become complacent, then you don’t want to throw yourself into the icy cold water. You just want to sit in the sun.”

– Madonna, Singer

「除非定期把自己推向險境,你無法維持與生命的連結。一旦感到安逸,你就會變得自滿。你如果自滿,就不會投身至冰冷的水裡,而只會想坐在陽光下。」– 瑪丹娜 (歌手)

  • be on a razor edge 處於危險境地、緊要關頭。on a regular basis 定期。complacent (adj.) 滿足的,自滿的。例:Those that become complacent may soon taste a failure. (感到自滿的人可能馬上就會嘗到失敗。)
  • 瑪丹娜 (1958- ) 是美國作詞歌手、演員和企業家,以多變而獨特的音樂風格和外表形象而聞名。她在全球賣出 3 億張唱片,是金氏世界紀錄中銷量最佳的女歌手,曾獲奧斯卡獎、金球獎、葛萊美獎以及美國 MTV 音樂錄影帶大獎。

Dan Millman (勵志作者)

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“Be present – it is the only moment that matters.”

– Dan Millman, Motivational Author

「留意當下 – 這是唯一的重要時刻。」– 丹‧米爾曼 (勵志作者)

  • 丹‧米爾曼 (1946- ) 是前世界級彈簧床錦標選手,曾任史丹福大學體操教練,他的著作 Way of the Peaceful Warrior (深夜加油站遇見蘇格拉底) 被譯為 29 種語言,且在 2006 年拍為電影。
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