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感动世界的短文《年轻》

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麦克阿瑟将军在指挥整个太平洋战争期间,办公桌上始终摆放着装有一篇《短文》的镜框。松下公司的创始人松下幸之助说:“多年来,这篇短文始终是我的座右铭。”


这篇短文首次在美国发表的时候,引起全美国的轰动效应,成千上万的年轻人把它抄下来当作座右铭收藏,这就是德裔美籍人塞缪尔·厄尔曼写的一篇只有四百多字的短文《年轻》。


Youth

《年轻》

Samuel Ullman

塞缪尔·厄尔曼


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, vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep spring of life.

年轻,并非人生旅程的一段时光,也并非粉颊红唇和体魄的矫健。它是心灵中的一种状态,是头脑中的一个意念,是理性思维中的创造潜力,是情感活动中的一股勃勃的朝气,是人生春色深处的一缕东风。



Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease. This often exits in a man of 60, more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows merely by the number of years; we grow old by deserting our ideas. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

年轻,意味着甘愿放弃温馨浪漫的爱情去闯荡生活,意味着超越羞涩、怯懦和欲望的胆识与气质。而60岁的男人可能比20岁的小伙子更多地拥有这种胆识与气质。没有人仅仅因为时光的流逝而变得衰老,只是随着理想的毁灭,人类才出现了老人。岁月可以在皮肤上留下皱纹,却无法为灵魂刻上一丝痕迹。忧虑、恐惧、缺乏自信才使人佝偻于时间尘埃之中。


Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonders, the unfailing childlike appetite of what's next and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from infinite, so long as you are young.

无论是60岁还是16岁,每个人都会被未来所吸引,都会对人生竞争中的欢乐怀着孩子般无穷无尽的渴望。在你我心灵的深处,同样有一个无线电台,只要它不停地从人群中,从无限的时间中接受美好、希望、欢欣、勇气和力量的信息,你我就永远年轻。


When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with the snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you've grown old, even at 20, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch waves of optimism, there’s hope you may die young at 80.

一旦这无线电台坍塌,你的心便会被玩世不恭和悲观失望的寒冷酷雪所覆盖,你便衰老了—即使你只有20岁。但如果这无线电台始终矗立在你心中,捕捉着每个乐观向上的电波,你便有希望超过年轻的80岁。


Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind. It is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep spring of life. These are what I have and what we have at this period of life. So, I'm still young, yes, definitely ! Come on my fellow friends, show your energy and passion to this god damn world ! Let the universe hear our voice, see our cheek, hug our enthusiasm and witness our maturity. We're going to create a brand new future!

青春不是人生的一段时光,而是一种心态。它是意志,是想象力,是情感的活力;这是生命里清新的深泉。这是我们在这一生中拥有的。所以,我还年轻,是的,当然!来吧,我的朋友们,向这个该死的世界展示你们的能量和激情!让宇宙听到我们的声音,看到我们的脸颊,拥抱我们的热情,见证我们的成熟。我们要创造一个崭新的未来!

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