Daniel Webster (政治家)

“If we work marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.”

— Daniel Webster, Statesman

「我們若在大理石動工,它會自然損壞;我們若在銅器動工,時間也會將之抹去;我們若建造廟宇,它也會崩裂為塵土。我們若在不死的心靈動工,並灌輸公平的原則,這如同在石板上雕刻,它不會被時間抹去,且將永遠發光發亮。」– 丹尼爾‧韋伯斯特 (政治家)

  • perish (v.) 損壞,腐爛。rear (v.) 養育,建立。例:It’s not a good place to rear children. (這不是撫養小孩的好地方。) crumble (v.) 崩潰,碎裂。例:The cracker crumbled in my hand. (餅乾在我手裡碎裂。) instill (v.) 逐漸灌輸、教導。例:It is the coach’s job to instill confidence into his players. (給予選手自信是教練的任務。) engrave (v.) 雕刻。The Gods’ names were engraved on a stone tablet. (神明的名字已刻在石板上。) eternity (n.) 永恆。例:a shell preserved for all eternity as a fossil (貝殼因成為化石而永遠保存)。
  • 丹尼爾‧韋伯斯特(1782-1852)是美國政治家,曾任美國國會參、眾議員,並在 3 個總統任內擔任美國國務卿。他演說技巧出眾,被認為是美國國會最傑出的參議員之一。

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