2014.03.10-11【英译中】【时间的价值】

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这里就当两天的吧.

 

The value of Time

“Time,” says the proverb, “is money.” This means that every moment well spent may put some money into our pockets. If our time is usefully employed, it will either turn out some useful and important pieces of work which will fetch its price in the market, or it will add to our experience and increase our capacities so as to enable us to earn money when the proper opportunity comes. Let those who think nothing of wasting time remember this.

   Our life is nothing more than our time. To kill time is therefore a form of suicide. We are shocked when we think of death, and we spare no pains, no trouble, and no expense to preserve life. But we are too often indifferent to the loss of an hour or of a day, forgetting that our life is the sum total of the days and of the hours we live. A day or an hour wasted is therefore so much life forfeited. Our life is a brief span measuring some seventy or eighty years in all. But nearly one third of this has to be spent in sleep; some years have to be spent over our meals; some in making journeys on land and voyages by sea; some in merrymaking; some in making journeys on land and voyages by sea; some in merrymaking; some in watching over the sickbeds of our nearest and dearest relatives. Now if all these years were to be deducted from the term over which our life extends, we shall find about twenty or thirty years at our disposal for active work. Whoever remembers this can never willingly waste a single moment of this life.

   All time is precious, but the time of our childhood and of out youth is more precious than any other portion of our existence. For those are the periods when alone we can acquire knowledge and develop our capacities. If we allow these morning hours of life to slip away, we shall never be able to recoup the loss. Just as money laid out at interest doubles and trebles itself in time, so the precious hours of childhood and youth, if properly used, will yield us incalculable advantages.

 

    谚语说:“时间就是金钱。”这意味着充分利用好每一分钟就等于给我们自己增加了财富。如果有效地利用时间去生产一些实用的东西,并拿到市场上去卖,赚些钱;同时丰富我们的经验,增长我们的才智,也就是说,赚钱的机会来了。让那些肆意浪费时间的人记住这点吧。

    时间就是生命。浪费时间等于变相自杀。一提起死亡,我们都会惊恐万分,我们都会不留余力地、不顾一切地去保全性命。但我们却忘记了,生命就是由这一天、一个小时构成的,因此常常认为失去的一个小时或一天是无关紧要的。时间就是这样流逝的。人生短暂,总共不过七八年。但是,睡眠占据了三分之一,吃饭花去了几年,海陆空旅行用去了几年,再加上娱乐时间,照顾生病的亲朋好友的时间,如果扣去生命中这些时光,我们会发现,只有短短的二三十年可以供我们努力工作。记住这一点,就不会有人愿意浪费生命的每一分钟。

    所有时间都是宝贵的,但是我们童年和青春时光比生命中任何一个阶段都珍贵。因为这是我们获得知识和增长才智的特有阶段。如果让这些生命的晨光悄然消逝,那将是无法弥补的损失。就像存钱一样可以得到两三倍的利息一样,充分利用童年和青春年华,会给我们带来不可估量的好处。

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