英语美文欣赏:Be Happy! 快乐(双语阅读)

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英语美文:Be Happy! 快乐

"The days that make us happy make us wise."----John Masefield"

"快乐的日子使人睿智。"--- 约翰・梅斯菲尔德

when I first read this line by England's Poet Laureate, it startled me. What did Masefield mean? Without thinking about it much, I had always assumed that the opposite was true.

第一次读到英国桂冠诗人梅斯菲尔德的这行诗时,我感到十分震惊。他想表达什么意思?我以前从未对此仔细考虑,总是认定这行诗反过来才正确。

But his sober assurance was arresting. I could not forget it.

但他冷静而又胸有成竹的表达引起了我的注意,令我无法忘怀。

Finally, I seemed to grasp his meaning and realized that here was a profound observation.

终于,我似乎领会了他的意思,并意识到这行诗意义深远。

The wisdom that happiness makes possible lies in clear perception, not fogged by anxiety nor dimmed by despair and boredom, and without the blind spots caused by fear.

快乐带来的睿智存在于敏锐的洞察力之间,不会因忧虑而含混迷惑,也不会因绝望和厌倦而黯然模糊,更不会因恐惧而造成盲点。

Active happiness---not mere satisfaction or contentment ---often comes suddenly, like an April shower or the unfolding of a bud.

积极的快乐---并非单纯的满意或知足---通常不期而至,就像四月里突然下起的春雨,或是花蕾的突然绽放。

Then you discover what kind of wisdom has accompanied it. The grass is greener; bird songs are sweeter; the shortcomings of your friends are more understandable and more forgivable.

然后,你就会发觉与快乐结伴而来的究竟是何种智慧。草地更为青翠,鸟吟更为甜美,朋友的缺点也变得更能让人理解,宽容。

Happiness is like a pair of eyeglasses correcting your spiritual vision.

快乐就像是一副眼镜,可以矫正你的精神视力。

Nor are the insights of happiness limited to what is near around you.

快乐的视野并不仅限于你周围的事物。

Unhappy, with your thoughts turned in upon your emotional woes, your vision is cut short as though by a wall. Happy, the wall crumbles.

当你不快乐时,你的思维陷入情感上的悲哀,你的眼界就像是被一道墙给阻隔了,而当你快乐时,这道墙就会砰然倒塌。

The long vista is there for the seeing. The ground at your feet, the world about you----people, thoughts, emotions, pressures---are now fitted into the larger scene.

你的眼界变得更为宽广。你脚下的大地,你身边的世界,包括人,思想,情感和压力,现在都融入了更为广阔的景象之中,

Everything assumes a fairer proportion. And here is the beginning of wisdom.

其间每件事物 的比例都更加合理。而这就是睿智的起始。

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