2014.05.08【英译中】失败的好处和想象的重要性(4)

t1551837289 (寧靜致遠٩(ˊᗜˋ)و)
【A+研究所】守护学员笑容部小绿魔
译坛小生
86 5 0
发表于:2014-05-08 08:10 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. 
贫穷导致恐惧和压力,有时甚至是沮丧;它意味着无尽的羞辱和艰难。
 
Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticized only by fools.
靠自己的努力摆脱贫穷是值得骄傲的,但是只有傻子才会将贫穷浪漫化。
 
What I feared most for myself at your age was not poverty, but failure.
我在你们这个年龄的时候最害怕的不是贫穷,而是失败。
 
At your age, in spite of a distinct lack of motivation at university, where I had spent far too long in the coffee bar writing stories, and far too little time at lectures, I had a knack for passing examinations,and that, for years, had been the measure of success in my life and that of my peers.
像你们这么大时,除了缺少在大学学习的动机,我在咖啡吧里花了太长的时间写故事,太少的时间花在了讲座上,但我有通过考试的本领,并且这是多年来衡量我和我的同龄人们成功的标准。
 
Now I am not dull enough to suppose that because you are young, gifted and well-educated,you have never known hardship or heartbreak. 
我不是蠢到因为你们年轻、富有才华并且受到过良好的教育,就认为你们从未经历过困难或是心碎。
 
 Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates, and I do not for a moment suppose that everyone here has enjoyed an existence of unruffled privilege and contentment.
才华和智慧并不能使任何人不遭受命运的反复无常,我也不认为在这的每个人都能永享优越和满足。
 
However, the fact that you are graduating from Harvard suggests that you are not very well-acquainted with failure. 
然而,你从哈佛毕业的事实表明你并不对失败很熟悉。
 
You might be driven by a fear of failure quite as much as a desire for success.
你们对失败的恐惧也许会和对成功的渴望一样强烈。
 
 Indeed, your conception of failure might not be too far from the average person's idea of success, so high have you already flown.
事实上,你们眼中的失败也许差不多就是常人眼中的成功,你们已经达到了如此高的成就。
 
Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it.
最终,我们所有人都必须自己判断什么构成了失败,但是世界很乐意给你一套标准,如果你允许它这么做的话。

分类: 英语
全部回复 (5)

  • 0

    点赞

  • 收藏

  • 扫一扫分享朋友圈

    二维码

  • 分享

课程推荐

需要先加入社团哦

编辑标签

最多可添加10个标签,不同标签用英文逗号分开

保存

编辑官方标签

最多可添加10个官方标签,不同标签用英文逗号分开

保存
知道了

复制到我的社团