英語美文精華必背(音頻):選擇朋友

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2016-3-24 10:41

英語美文精華必背(音頻):選擇朋友

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The Choice of Companion
選擇朋友
A good companion is better than a fortune, for a fortune cannot purchase those elements of character which make companionship a blessing. The best companion is one who is wiser and better than ourselves, for we are inspired by his wisdom and virtue to nobler deeds.
一個好友勝過一筆財富,因爲錢財買不到人的某些品德因素,而正是這些因素,使友情成爲一種恩惠。最好的朋友是那些比我們更睿智、更出色的人,我們會受到他們的智慧和美德的激勵,從而使我們的行爲更加高尚。
"Keep good company,and you shall be one of the number," said George Herbert. "A man is known by the companion he keeps. " Character makes character in the associations of life faster than anything else. Purity begets purity, like begets like; and this fact makes the choice of companion in early life more important even than that of teachers and guardians.
“与优秀者为伍,你也会成为优秀者中的一员。“乔治赫伯特曾说,“从一个人所交的朋友可知其为人。“在社会交往中,品性对品性的塑造胜过其他任何因素。纯洁的品格会培养纯洁的品格,爱好会引发相同的爱好。这一事实使得在年少时選擇朋友甚至比选择老师和监护人还要重要。
It is true that we cannot always choose all of our companions, some are thrust upon us by business or the social relations of life, we do not choose them, we do not enjoy them; and yet, we have to associate with them more or less. The experience is not altogether without compensation, if there be principle enough in us to bear the strain. Still, in the main, choice of companions can be made, and must be made. It is not best or necessary for a young person to associate with "Tom, Dick, and Harry" without forethought or purpose. Some fixed rules about the company he or she keeps must be observed. The subject should be uttermost in the thoughts, and canvassed often.
事实上,并非所有的朋友都是我们选择的,有些是生意或社会关系强加于我们的。我们没有选择他们,也不喜欢他们,可是我们不得不或多或少地与他们交往。不过,在情势的压力之下,只要我们自有主张,这样的交往也并非全无益处。大多数情况下,我们还是可以而且必须要選擇朋友的。一个年轻人无所考虑、无所目的地随意与张三李四交往是不好的,也是没必要的,他/她必须遵循一些交友的定例,择友时应首先考虑这些定例,并经常加以审视。
Companionship is education, good or not; it develops manhood or womanhood, high or low; it lifts the soul upward or drags it downward; it ministers to virtue or vice. Sow virtue, and the harvest will be virtue, Sow vice, and the harvest will be vice. Good companionships help us to sow virtue;evil companionships help us to sow vice.
無論是有益還是有害,友誼就是一種教育。它可以培育高貴或卑微的品格;它可以升華靈魂,也可以使之沈淪;它可以滋生美德,也可以助長邪惡。播種美德,就會收獲美德;播種邪惡,就會收獲邪惡。有益的友誼幫助我們播種美德,而有害的友誼則使我們播種邪惡。