Marcus Tullius Cicero (羅馬哲學家)


“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century: Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others; Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected; Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it; Refusing to set aside trivial preferences; Neglecting development and refinement of the mind; Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”

— Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Philosopher

「每個世紀人類一直犯的六個錯誤:相信個人利益是藉由摧毀別人來取得;擔心不能改變或修正的事情;因為我們無法達成,就堅持一件事不可能;拒絕排除不重要的個人偏好;忽視心智的發展及改進;企圖強迫別人有和我們一樣的想法及生活方式。」– 西塞羅 (羅馬哲學家)

  • personal gain 個人利益的取得。set aside 排除,不管。例:Both sides agreed to set aside the issue of independence now. (雙方同意現在不討論獨立的議題。) trivial (adj.) 瑣碎的,不重要的。例:Don’t waste your time on trivial matters. (別浪費你的時間在瑣細的事情上。) preference (n.) 偏好,愛好。refinement (n.) 改進,微調;refine (v.)。例:The designers are constantly refining their drawings. (設計師時常在調整他們的繪圖。) compel (v.) 強迫,迫使。例:The company is compelled to provide health insurance according to the law. (根據法律,公司必需提供健康保險。)
  • 西塞羅 (106 BC – 43 BC) 為古羅馬政治家、雄辯家及哲學家,他將希臘哲學引進羅馬,而他的著作也深遠影響後世的文藝復興及歐洲文化。


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