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高中生英语美文002: 真正的高贵,是超越自我

True Nobility

真正的高贵

In a calm sea every man is a pilot.

在风平浪静的大海上,人人都是领航员。

But all sunshine without shade, all pleasure without pain, is not life at all. Take the lot of the happiest-it is a tangled yarn. Bereavements and blessings, one following another, make us sad and blessed by turns. Even death itself makes life more loving. Men come closest to their true selves in the sober moments of life, under the shadows of sorrow and loss.

但是,只有阳光没有阴影,只有欢乐没有痛苦,并不是生活。以最幸福的人的命运为例,生活就是一团缠结的线。亲人故世,幸运降临,使我们时而悲伤,时而喜悦。甚至死亡本身也使得生活变得更加可爱。人们在清醒的时候.在痛苦和损失的阴影下,最接近真实的自我。

In the affairs of life or of business, it is not intellect that tells so much as character, not brains so much as heart, not genius so much as self-control, patience, and discipline, regulated by judgment.

在生活和生意的诸多事务中,智力没有性格产生的效果大,大脑没有心灵成效大。天资没有由判断力调节的自我克制、耐心和自律发挥的作用大。

I have always believed that the man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without. In an age of extravagance and waste, I wish I could show to the world how few the real wants of humanity are.

我一直认为一个在内心开始更加认真生活的人,在外表上也就开始生活得更加简朴。在一个奢侈浪费的时代,我希望能够向世人表明人类的真正需求是多么少。

To regret one's errors to the point of not repeating them is true repentance. There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

一个人深深后悔自己的错误而不再犯错,这才是真正的忏悔。觉得比别人优越,这井无任何高贵可言。真正的高贵,是比先前的自我优越。

by Ernest Hemingway

 

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