Category Archives: 佳文選讀

Youth (青春)

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

青春不是生命的一段時間﹐它是一種心理狀態;它不是有關紅顏櫻唇或手靈腳敏﹐而是有關意志﹑想像力的品質﹑豐富的情感﹔它是從生命深處湧出的一股清流。

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

青春是以率性的勇氣凌駕想望的畏懼﹐寧願冒險犯難而不樂於安逸。具備這種精神的往往是六十歲的大人﹐而不是二十歲的小孩。沒有人因歲月的增加而變老,我們因放棄理想而變老。
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Victory (勝利)

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.

我們所面臨的將是最為嚴酷的考驗,我們所面臨的是好幾個月的奮鬥和苦難。

You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.
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Attitude (態度)

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

隨著我活得越久,我越發瞭解到態度對人生的影響。

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

態度,對我而言,比事實更重要。它比你的過去重要,它比你的教育程度重要,它比你的財富重要,它比你周遭的環境重要,它比你的成功和失敗重要,它比別人對你的想法或說法或所作所為還要重要。它比你的外貌、天賦、技能更為重要。它可以建立或是摧毀一間公司… 一座教堂… 一個家庭。

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As a Man Soweth (人們播種時)

We must not hope to be mowers,
And to gather the ripe golden ears,
Unless we have first been sowers
And watered the furrows with tears.

我們不能期望自己是收割的人,
並採集成熟的金黃稻穗,
除非我們先是播種的人
並以淚水灌溉犁溝。

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My Creed (我的信念)

I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon – if I can.

我不選擇做一個平凡的人,與別人不同是我的權力 – 如果我可以的話。

I seek opportunity – not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

我尋找機會 – 不是安全,我不希望成為被保護的公民,受國家照顧而變得謙卑或遲鈍。
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You Tell on Yourself (你說明你的為人)

You tell on yourself by the friends you seek,
By the very manner in which you speak,
By the way you employ your leisure time,
By the use you make of dollar and dime.

你說明你是什麼樣的人,藉由你的結交的朋友,
藉由你說話的方式,
藉由你利用休閒時間的方式,
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Thinking (思考)

If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.

如果你覺得你被打敗,你就是被打敗
如果你覺得你不敢,你就是不敢,
如果你想要贏,但覺得你不行
幾乎可以肯定你將不行。

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