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Samuel Ullman: YOUTH

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a tempera-mental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of 60 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spring back to dust.

Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what’s next and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station: so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at 20, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at 80.

厄尔曼并非哲人,名不见经传,但《青春》一文,却拨动了不少人的心弦,使人如听晨钟,如闻暮鼓,朝夕自警自策。只因它真正说出了关于青春的秘密。此人l840年生于德国,儿时随家人移居美利坚,参加过南北战争,之后定居伯明翰,经营五金杂货,年逾70开始写作。《青春》一文,仅寥寥400多字。一篇不足500字的短文,半个多世纪以来一直产生着轰动效应;美国麦克阿瑟将军生前将其视为座右铭,日本许多名流将其珍藏于随身携带的钱夹之中……后附译文是至今见过的译文中最美的,可谓与原文互为辉映,令人赞叹不已。可惜不知译作者为何人,引为撼事。

青春

塞缪尔·厄尔曼

青春不是年华,而是心境;青春不是桃面、丹唇、柔膝,而是深沉的意志,恢宏的想象,炙热的恋情;青春是生命的深泉在涌流。

青春气贯长虹,勇锐盖过怯弱,进取压倒苟安。如此锐气,二十后生而有之,六旬男子则更多见。年岁有加,并非垂老,理想丢弃,方堕暮年。

岁月悠悠,衰微只及肌肤;热忱抛却,颓废必致灵魂。忧烦,惶恐,丧失自信,定使心灵扭曲,意气如灰。

无论年届花甲,拟或二八芳龄,心中皆有生命之欢乐,奇迹之诱惑,孩童般天真久盛不衰。人人心中皆有一台天线,只要你从天上人间接受美好、希望、欢乐、勇气和力量的信号,你就青春永驻,风华常存。

一旦天线下降,锐气便被冰雪覆盖,玩世不恭、自暴自弃油然而生,即使年方二十,实已垂垂老矣;然则只要树起天线,捕捉乐观信号,你就有望在八十高龄告别尘寰时仍觉年轻。

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  • 节译者:黄志坚
    青春,并非年轻岁月,而是一种心态;青春的特征,并非粉颊、朱唇、柔肢,而是毅力、激情、创意;青春是生命湧泉的清澈、激扬。
    青春,是指超越怯懦、勇气如虹,不图安逸、敢闯敢试。毅力若此,花甲多胜弱冠。年岁递增,非必老化;背弃理想,方陷残年。
    岁月留痕,只及肌肤;激情不再,皱起心灵。忧惧自卑,终致身心佝偻、精神萎靡。
    无论年少或年长,当怀好奇的诱导,像孩子般总渴求着:接下来的进展及驰骋人生的欢乐。
    人人皆有心灵的感官,只要感受源源来自人间与穹苍的启发,感应有关美好、希望、激情、勇毅和能力的信息,你就会朝气勃勃、青春无限。
    eshao 于 2013-03-28 8:20:25 回复
    谢谢。已到您的地盘拜访。
  • 2013-03-28 8:20:25 回复该留言

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