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Jonathan Swift (諷刺文學家)

“Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.”

— Jonathan Swift, Satirist

「世人多不知道自己的短處,但也很少人知道自己的長處。人如土地,有時蘊藏金礦,本身卻不知道。」– 強納森.史威夫特 (諷刺文學家)

  • accuse (v.) 控告,控訴。例:He was accused of murder. (他被控謀殺。) vein (n.) 礦脈,礦層。例:a rich vein of silver (藏量豐富的銀礦脈)。
  • 強納森.史威夫特(1667-1745)是英國-愛爾蘭作家,他作為一名諷刺文學大師,以《格列佛遊記》和《一隻桶的故事》等作品聞名於世。他有多重身分,包括神職人員、政治小冊作者、作家、詩人和激進分子。

Tryon Edwards (神學家)

“There is nothing so elastic as the human mind. The more we are obliged to do, the more we are able to accomplish.”

— Tryon Edwards, Theologian

「人的心智比什麼都有彈性,我們被要求的愈多,可以完成的就愈多。」– 泰倫.愛德華茲 (神學家)

  • elastic (adj.) 彈性的,有伸縮性的。oblige (v.) 迫使,使 (某人) 非做不可。例:Many parents feel obliged to pay for part of the wedding. (許多家長認為他們必須支付孩子部份的婚禮費用。)
  • 泰倫.愛德華茲 (1809-1894) 是美國神學家,以出版「思想字典」(A Dictionary of Thoughts) 一書聞名。他是著名神學家喬納森.愛德華茲的曾孫,出版其佈道書籍。

Marcus Aurelius (羅馬帝王)

“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.”

— Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor

「只因你的能力無法完成一項任務,不要認為它就超出人類的能力範圍;如果有任何事是人的能力所及,相信它也在你的能力範圍內。」– 馬爾庫斯‧奧列里烏斯 (羅馬帝王)

  • be unequal to the task/job 沒有足夠的能力達成某任務。assume (v.) 假設。province (n.) 專業、職務範圍。例:Computers were once the exclusive province of elite scientists. (電腦曾經只有頂尖科學家才了解。) compass (n.) 能力、活動範圍。例:This discussion is beyond the compass of my brain. (這個討論議題超出我的腦力範圍。)
  • 馬爾庫斯‧奧列里烏斯 (121-180) 為羅馬帝國「五賢帝」時期的最後一位君主,任內成功討伐日耳曼民族。他也是位哲學家,其著作 Meditations (沉思錄) 闡述他的哲學理念並表現出羅馬文明最優異之處。

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (醫生)

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“The biggest tragedy in America is not the great waste of natural resources – though this is tragic; the biggest tragedy is the waste of human resources because the average person goes to his grave with his music still in him.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Physician

「美國最大的悲劇不是天然資源的浪費 – 儘管那也很悲哀,最大的悲劇是人力資源的浪費,因為一般人死去時潛力還未完全發揮。」– 奧利佛‧溫德爾‧霍姆斯 (醫生)

  • tragedy (n.) 災難,悲劇。tragic (adj.) 災難的,悲劇的。grave (n.) 墳墓。music 在這裡指潛力。
  • 老奧利佛‧溫德爾‧霍姆斯 (1809-1894) 畢業於哈佛大學,曾擔任哈佛醫學院教授和院長,是美國著名的醫生、教授、作家、及演說家,被譽為美國 19 世紀的最佳詩人之一。

Galileo Galilei (天文學家)

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.”

— Galileo Galilei, Astronomer

「我不覺得我必須相信,賦予我們知覺、理智及智力的神,希望我們放棄使用這些能力,並透過其它方式給予我們知識,而不是讓我們以這些能力自行取得。」– 伽利略‧伽利萊 (天文學家)

  • feel obliged to 覺得有義務要做某事。例:Many parents feel obliged to pay for their kids’ education. (許多父母覺得有義務為他們的孩子付學費。) endow (v.) 賦予,給予。例:She was endowed with a beautiful singing voice. (她被賦予美麗的歌喉。) reason (n.) 理智,推理。forgo (v.) 放棄,捨棄。例:I had to forgo dinner. (我得放棄晚餐。)
  • 伽利略‧伽利萊 (1564-1642) 是義大利物理學家、數學家、天文學家及哲學家,在科學演進的過程扮演重要角色,其成就包括改進望遠鏡和著名的天文發現,為譽為「觀測天文學之父」及「科學之父」。

Horace Walpole (小說家)

“Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.”

— Horace Walpole, Novelist

「人們通常可以表現得更傑出,他們帶著取款憑證來到這個世界,但卻很少全部用完。」– 霍勒斯.華波爾 (小說家)

  • bill of credit 取款憑證。在處理帳單時,credit 代表「賒帳」,debit 則代表「欠款」。extent (n.) 程度,範圍。例:We all to some extent like good-looking people. (我們或多或少都喜歡面容姣好的人。)
  • 霍勒斯.華波爾 (1717-1797) 是英國著名作家,哥德式小說的開創者,他的《奧特蘭托堡》極為暢銷,已經有 100 多個版本,影響了歐洲各國,也連帶影響哥德式小說的風行。

James F. Lincoln (總裁)

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“Latent abilities are like clay. It can be mud on shoes, brick in a building or a statue that will inspire all who see it. The clay is the same. The result is dependent on how it is used.”

— James F. Lincoln, Executive

「潛藏的能力如同黏土,它可以是鞋上的泥巴、建物中的磚塊,或是讓所人神往的雕像。黏土也一樣,結果要看它是如何被使用。」– 林肯.詹姆斯 (總裁)

  • latent (adj.) 潛在的,潛伏的。例:The virus remains latent in the body. (病毒潛伏在體內。) clay (n.) 黏土,泥土。statue (n.) 雕像, 塑像。例:the Statue of Liberty (自由女神像)。inspire (v.) 鼓舞,激勵。例:We hope his success story will inspire students to greater efforts. (我們希望他的成功故事將鼓舞學生更努力。) dependent (adj.) 取決於。例:Your pay is dependent on how much you value you contribute. (你的薪資取決於你創造多少價值。)
  • 林肯.詹姆斯 (1883-1965) 是美國林肯電機公司總裁,成功使電弧焊接技術商業化。他不但擁有 20 項專利,也是位多產的作家,除了工業經濟相關書籍外,也撰寫政治、社會相關議題文章。