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威斯敏斯特教堂(西敏寺)墓碑上的话

2018-08-09 22:08:09 卿卿小孩 16

(原文载于教堂墓地的一块墓碑上,但主人不详)下面是原文及译文。


When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world.

当我年轻自由意气风发的时候,梦想改变世界。

 As i grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change,so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.But it, too, seemed immovable.

后来长大变得聪明后才发现世界很难改变,于是我把目光拉近决定只是改变我的国家,然而依然很难。

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

当我垂暮之年,绝望中尝试只改变我的家庭,可是他们都不接受。

And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family.From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.

现在我行将就木,突然意识到:倘若当初我是只改变我自己,并作为榜样影响我的家庭;进而在他们的激发和鼓励下或许可以改变我的国家,甚至,最终改变世界。

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卿卿评:我们都想改变别人,可是真正需要改变的不是别人,而是你自己在。引碑文译文就是倘若当初我是只改变我自己,并作为榜样影响我的家庭;进而在他们的激发和鼓励下或许可以改变我的国家,甚至,最终改变世界。