2019-07-20

威斯特敏斯特大教堂的一块墓碑上,刻着这样的一段话:

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

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.

As I grewinto 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.

And now, as Ilie on my death bed, I suddenly realize:

If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.From their in spiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country,and who knows, I may have even changed the world.

译文:

当我年轻的时候,我的想象力从没有受到过限制,我梦想改变这个世界。

当我成熟以后,我发现我不能改变这个世界,我将目光缩短了些,决定只改变我的国家。

当我进入暮年后,我发现我不能改变我的国家,我的最后愿望仅仅是改变一下我的家庭。但是,这也不可能。

当我躺在床上,行将就木时,我突然意识到:如果一开始我仅仅去改变我自己,然后作为一个榜样,我可能改变我的家庭;在家人的帮助和鼓励下,我可能为国家做一些事情。然后谁知道呢?我甚至可能改变这个世界。

在中国也有一句相似而且简洁的一句话:修身、齐家、治国、平天下。

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