2014.05.29【英译中】一个人何时变老

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                                                  一个人何时变老

"I dreaded to come to the end of the year, ”said a friend to me recently,it makes me realize I am growing old."
 最近一个朋友对我说:“我害怕一年年底的到来。”它使我意识到我正在变老。
William James, the great psychologist, said that most men are "old fogies at twenty-five", He was right. Most men at twenty-five are satisfied with their jobs. They have accumulated the little stock of prejudices that they call their "Principles," and closed their minds to all new ideas. They have ceased to grow.
 威廉詹姆斯是一位伟大的心理学家,他说很多人在25岁时就成了守旧的老家伙了,他的观点是对的。很多人在25岁时对他们的工作感到满意。他们积累了所谓”原则“的小偏见,对所有新的思想拒不接受。他们已经停止了成长。
The minutea man ceases to grow-no matter what his years-that minute he begins to be old. On the other hand, the really great man never grows old.
 一个一旦停止成长--不管年龄多大--开始衰老。另一方面,真正伟大的人从来不会变老的。
Goethe passed out at eighty-three, and finished his Faust only a few years earlier; Gladstone took up a new language when he was seventy.
 歌德83岁时神志不清,却在那之前的几年完成了《浮士德》,格拉斯顿70岁开始学习新的语言。
Laplace, the astronomer, was still at work when death caught up with him at seventy-eight. He died crying, "What we know is nothing; what we do not know is immense."
天文学家拉普拉斯在78岁临死时还在工作,他临死时哭着说”我们知道的没什么,我们不知道的太多了。“
And there you have the real answer to the question, "When is a man old?"
 现在你应该有了那个问题的真正答案,"一个人什么时候才算变老?"
Laplace at seventy-eight died young. He was still unsatisfied, still sure that he had a lot to learn.
 拉普拉斯78岁临死时是年轻的。他仍然感到对自己所知道的不满足,仍然确信他还有很多东西需要学习。
As long as a man can keep himself in that attitude of mind, as long as he can look back on every year and say, "I grew," he is still young.
 只要一个人持有那样的态度,只要他每年回顾时说”我成长了“,那么他仍然年轻。
The minute he ceases to grow, the minute he says to himself, "I know all that I need to know," --that day youth stops. He may be twenty-five or seventy-five, it makes no difference. On that day he begins to be old.
当他对自己说”我知道了我所需要知道的一切“时,他已经停止了成长。--那一天年轻不再,或许他25岁或许75岁,没有什么区别。从那一天起他开始变老了。

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