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Youth

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Youth by Samuel Ullman 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 spring of life. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure ove..

    Youth

    by Samuel Ullman

    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 spring of life.

    Youth means a temperamental 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 spirit to 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.

    青春不是生命的一个阶段,它是一种精神状态;青春亦非粉面红唇和冰肌柔骨,它是刚

    强的意志、最优的创造力和充满活力的情感;它是使生命之泉源远流长的常青树。

    青春意味着勇气压倒怯步不前、冒险战胜贪图安逸这样一种优良气质。在60岁老者的

    身上,这种气质的存在常甚于20岁的少年。没有人会单因岁月的流逝而衰老,却有人因抛弃理想而老态龙钟。

    流年的时光可以使皮肤起皱,而熄灭热情却叫心灵起皱。忧虑、胆怯和自疑只会狭限心

    胸,消沉意志。

    不管你是60岁还是16岁,那种生命之心-好奇心、不泯的童心和生活的乐趣的欢心,

    人皆有之。你我心灵深处,都有一部无线电台:只要它从他人和造物主那里接受美好、希望、

    鼓励、勇气和力量的电波永不消失,你的青春就永远燃烧。

    当它的天线折断,当玩世不恭的冷雪和悲观厌世的寒冰覆盖了你的心灵,即便你年方

    20也未老先衰;当它的天线久立,当它捕捉到乐观主义的电波,纵然你80而逝也青春永在。

    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;青春是生命深处的自在涌流。

    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。

    一旦天线坠下,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,即使八十高龄,行将告别尘寰,你也会觉

    得年轻依旧,希望永存。

    Love Your Life

    Henry David Thoreau/享利.大卫.梭罗

    However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults in

    paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious

    hours, even in a poor-house.

    The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind

    may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.

    The town's poor seem to me often to live the most independent lives of any. May be they are simply great enough to receive without misgiving. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage.

    Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends, Turn the old, return to

    them. Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.

    不论你的生活如何卑微,你要面对它生活,不要躲避它,更别用恶言咒骂它。它不像你

    那样坏。你最富有的时候,倒是看似最穷。爱找缺点的人就是到天堂里也能找到缺点。你要

    爱你的生活,尽管它贫穷。甚至在一个济贫院里,你也还有愉快、高兴、光荣的时候。

    夕阳反射在济贫院的窗上,像身在富户人家窗上一样光亮;在那门前,积雪同在早春融

    化。我只看到,一个从容的人,在哪里也像在皇宫中一样,生活得心满意足而富有愉快的思

    想。

    城镇中的穷人,我看,倒往往是过着最独立不羁的生活。也许因为他们很伟大,所以受

    之无愧。视贫穷如园中之花而像圣人一样耕植它吧!不要找新的花样,无论是新的朋友或新

    的衣服,来麻烦你自己。找旧的,回到那里去。万物不变,是我们在变。你的衣服可以卖掉,

    但要保留你的思想。

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