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Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson

(2011-03-24 21:13:42)
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Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Power

“All the great captains” said Bonaparte, “ have performed vast achievements by confronting with the rules of the art, —by adjusting efforts to obstacles.”

拿破仑说:“所有伟大的领袖,之所以成就巨大,是因为他们顺应艺术的规则——随机应变。

 

“On the neck of the young man,” said Hafiz, “sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise.”

哈菲兹说:“挂在年轻人脖子上的最闪亮的宝石就是不断进取。”

 

There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many.

强者总是有用武之地,他亦为众人创造用武之地。

 

Politics is a deleterious profession, like some poisonous handicrafts.

政治是一种有害身心的职业,就像手中握有致命的手艺一样。

 

March without the people and you march into night, their instincts are a figure-pointing of Providence, always turned toward real benefit.

不与人民共同前进,你就会走进黑夜里;他们的直觉就是天意之指,总是指向实在的益处。

 

 

Friendship

The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.

美德的惟一报酬是美德;拥有朋友的惟一办法是成为他的朋友。

 

You shall not come neater a man by getting into his house.

进别人的家,不等于进他的心。

 

 

Illusions

Riches and poverty are a thick or thin costume; and our life –the life of all of us—identical for we transcend the circumstance continually, and taste the real quality of existence.

贫穷和富裕是外在的服饰,厚薄不用而已。我们的生活——我们所有人的生活——没有区别,因为我们不断地超越环境,体味存在的真正品质。

 

Dispel the conceit of knowledge, which proceeds from ignorance.

驱散知识的狂妄吧,它源自无知。

 

Fooled thou must be, though wisest of the wise; then be the fool of virtue, not the vice.

若你注定被愚弄,最聪明的人子,那么做个有美德的而非有恶行的傻子。

 

Love

I was a gem concealed; me my burning ray revealed.

我似一颗被埋没的珠宝;燃烧自己,绽放光芒道德。

 

What we love is not in your will, but above it. It is not you, but your radiance.

爱上一个人是不受对方之意愿所控制的,而是超越了它。我爱的不是你这个人,而是你放射的魅力。

 

 

Prudence

Prudence is the virtue of the senses. It is the science of appearances. It is the outmost action of the inward life.

审慎是心智健全的标志,是研究表象的科学,是内在生活最外在的行为。

 

Our words and actions to be fair must be timely.

美妙的言行合乎时宜。

 

He who wishes to walk in the most peaceful parts of life with any serenity must screw himself up to resolution. Let him from the object of his worst apprehension.

谁希望平静安宁地度过一生,就得鼓起勇气,坚定果敢,勇于面对最为糟糕的可能性。

 

 

Heroism

When the spirit is not master of the world, then it is its dupe.

精神一旦不能主宰世界,就会沦为它的傻瓜。

 

Greatness once and for ever has done with opinion. We tell our charities, not because we wish to be praised for them, not because we think they have great merit, but for our justification.

伟大总是容忍说三道四,我们显示自己的慈善,不是为了赚取赞扬,也不是自以为高尚无比,而是认为这样理所当然。

 

 

Nature

For, no man can write anything, who does not think that what he writes is for the time the history of the world; or do anything well, who does not esteem his work to be of importance. My work may be of none, but I must not think it of none, or I shall not do it with impunity.

一个人若是觉得他的写作就当时而言不是为了为世界历史而写,那他就什么也写不了;谁贬低自己写作的重要性,谁就写不了也做不好任何事情。我的工作也许丝毫不重要,但我绝不这样认为,否则我就不能泰然自若地去做它。

 

 

Self-reliance

Envy id ignorance, that imitation is suicide.

嫉妒即无知,模仿乃自杀。

 

Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness.

谁想做一个真正的人就必须不妥协。谁想获得永恒的桂冠就不能被虚假的善所阻碍,而须探究这是否是真善。

 

To be great is to be misunderstood.

伟大意味遭误解。

 

Greatness appeals to the future.

伟大靠未来证明自己。

 

As men’s prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.

人的意志出了毛病,因而祈祷,同样,他们的理性出了毛病,因而信仰。

 

 

Wealth

Wealth is in applications of mind to nature; and the art of getting rich consists not in industry, much less in saving, but in a better order, in timeless, in being at the right spot.

财富即心灵之作用于自然。致富之道不在勤劳,更不在积攒,而是在于更好的秩序,在于及时,在于出现在合适的地点。

 

Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover.

匮乏是一个越长越大的巨人,财富的外套永远显小。

 

 



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