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英语美文带翻译:英语美文摘抄"选择朋友"

时间:2018-10-12 14:12 点击:
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  The Choice of Companion选择朋友

  By William Makepeace Thayer

  A good companion is better than a fortune, for a fortune cannot purchase those elements of character which make companionship a blessing. The best companion is one who is wiser and better than ourselves, for we are inspired by his wisdom and virtue to nobler deeds.

  一个好友胜过一笔财富,因为钱财买不到人的某些品德因素,而正是这些因素,使友情成为一种恩惠。最好的朋友是那些比我们更睿智、更出色的人,我们会受到他们的智慧和美德的激励,从而使我们的行为更加高尚。

  “Keep good company and you shall be one of the number.” said George Herbert. “A man is known by the companion he keeps.” Character makes character in the associations of life faster than anything else. Purity begets purity, like begets like; and this fact makes the choice of companion in early life more important even than that of teachers and guardians.

  “与优秀者为伍,你也会成为优秀者中的一员。”乔治.赫伯特曾说,“从一个人所交的朋友可知其为人。”在社会交往中,品性对品性的塑造胜过其他任何因素。纯洁的品格会培养纯洁的品格,爱好会引发相同的爱好。这一事实使得在年少时选择朋友甚至比选择老师和监护人还要重要。

  It is true that we cannot always choose all of our companions, some are thrust upon us by business or the social relations of life, we do not choose them, we do not enjoy them; and yet, we have to associate with them more or less. The experience is not altogether without compensation, if there be principle enough in us to bear the strain. Still, in the main, choice of companions can be made, and must be made. It is not best or necessary for a young person to associate with “Tom, Dick, and Harry” without forethought or purpose. Some fixed rules about the company he or she keeps must be observed. The subject should be uttermost in the thoughts, and canvassed often.


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