英语短文:The thread of permanence永恒之脉

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英语文章-英语美文-英语短文-英文短文-英语励志短文-英语励志文章】:I sometimes think it's a miracle that anything survives.我有时候想,万物能存活简直是奇迹。

英语短文带翻译:The thread of permanence永恒之脉

It is strange how certain things make a great impression on us in childhood. I remember these verses by Longfellow:

说来也怪,儿时的某些事情常会给我们留下极深刻的印象,像我就一直记得浪费罗的这几首诗:

"Life is real! Life is earnest!

“人生皆真实!人生非虚无!

And the graves is not its goal;

最终的归宿绝不是荒坟。

Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

你本是尘土,必归于尘土,

Was not spoken of the soul."

这是指躯壳,不是指灵魂。”

And again:

诗中还说:

"Lives of great men all remind us

“伟人的生平提醒我们:

We can make our lives sublime,

我们能让生活很高尚,

And departing, leave behind us

也能在告别人世的时候,

Footprints on the sands of time."

留下脚印在时间沙滩上。”

Of course, my generation was much more sentimental than today's youth but whether this was great poetry, it communicated in simple language a message, and made a lasting impression on a small boy.

诚然,我们这代人远比现在的年轻人诗情洋溢,但不管这首诗是不是佳作,它都用朴实的语言传达了一个道理,在一个小小少年心中刻下了永久的印记。

When I was fifteen I had an imaginary guardian angel and when I went to the country to sketch on Sundays, I asked for guidance, praying that someday I would be a fine artist and paint nature as beautiful as she really is. What this little ceremony brought me was faith in the world and a belief in myself.

我十五岁时心中有位假想的守护天使。每当我周日去乡间写生时,都会请其为我指引方向,祈求自己有朝一日能成为一名伟大的艺术家,用画笔传神逼真地描绘出大自然的美景。这一次次的祈祷赋予我对世界的信念和对自己的信心。

My faiths and beliefs have been badly strained. The Atomic Age has caught us in a web of fear. Our lives seem so impermanent and uncertain. There is such a waste of human potential, of things worth while in people which never find expression.

但我的信念和信心却面临着严峻的挑战。核武时代使我们陷入恐慌,我们的生命几近朝不保夕。人类的潜力、人性的华彩无彰显之机,这无异于浪费。

I sometimes think it's a miracle that anything survives. Yet I believe that a thread of permanence runs through everything from the beginning of time, and the most valuable residue will survive.

我有时候想,万物能存活简直是奇迹。即使如此,我仍然相信天地万物间存在一种一脉相传的永恒,最有价值的遗产将亘古不灭。

I believe everybody has an urge to somehow spin his own life into a thread of permanence. It is the impulse of life. Some would call it the drive to immortality. Whatever it is, I think it is good because it gives purpose to existence.

我想每个人都渴望以某种方式让自己的生命也汇入这永恒之脉。这就是生命的冲动,有人称之为永生的动力。不管是什么,我都认为它是一种积极的想法,赋予我们生存的目的。

But purpose is not enough. Artists are supposed to be notoriously impractical, but for myself, I found I had to make decisions and plans if I were to try to create anything. I realized that I must approach life not only with a sensitivity, a perception of beauty, but with a feeling of humility and reverence.

但只有目的是不够的。人们常认为艺术家一点也不实际,但就我自己而言,在进行任何艺术创造之前,我一定要作出决定和计划。我认识到面对生活,我不仅要敏感,能感知美好的事物,还有有一颗谦和恭敬的心。

My creed as an artist is to love life and liberty and the world of people. A man who works and loves his work is often a man dreaming, and the spirit of his dreams will find forms and symbols to express that dream. It is a wonderful feeling to create something. But today, I think there is a lack of power of communication. If people, not just artists, but all kinds of people, could only open their hearts and express their sorrow, their happiness, their fears and hopes, they would discover they had an identity with the main stream of life which they never saw before.

作为一名艺术家,我热爱生活、热爱自由、热爱世界人民——这就是我的人生信条。一个热爱自己工作的人往往是一个有梦想的人,而他的梦想也总会通过某种方式和某些符号传达出来。创作的感觉是非常美妙的,但现在我觉得人与人之间缺乏沟通的能力。如果所有人,不只是艺术家,都能敞开胸怀,表达自己的忧愁与快乐、恐惧与希望,就一定会发现他们已融入生活的主流,这是他们从前看不到的。

sometimes fear and cynicism so grip our minds that we lose heart. Then I try to remember how the great artists of the ages had the power of expressiveness. Theirs was the power to communicate, to exalt, to move the observer to joy or tears, to strike terror and awe in the hearts of men; not just to decorate or merely entertain.

有时候,恐惧与嘲讽也会让人心灰意冷。这是我就会努力回想那些古往今来伟大的艺术家如何拥有表现力。他们的表现力不仅仅是为了装点生活或是供人消遣,而是一种与人沟通、提升人的品格的力量,是让观者产生或悲或喜或惧或敬的共鸣的力量。

If we can expand the boundaries of men's thoughts and beliefs, we will discover we all have creative possibilities - talents to make ourselves real identities as individuals, with a hold on the thread of immortality. If we can awaken ourselves to it, I am convinced we shall find that this is an alive and exciting age of adventure and experimentation from which a new beauty and a finer world will emerge.

如果我们能扩大视野、拓宽思路,就会发现每个人身上都有创在的天分。正是这种创造力让每个生命的个体独具个性,在永恒之脉上有一席之地。如果我们能认识到这一点,我相信我会发现自己生活在一个激情澎湃、充满奇遇与革新的时代,它将带领我们走向一个更美更好的世界。

By William Zorach

威廉·佐拉奇

附注:

威廉·佐拉奇:在立陶宛出生,在美国长大,是一位著名的雕塑家。

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