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01
  人生如旅

  From the hell to the heaven,
  There's no straight way to walk.
  Sometimes up, sometimes down.
  Hope creates a heaven for us,
  Despair makes a hell for us.
  地狱天堂路遥遥,
  理想捷径无处寻。
  起起落落前行路,
  一线希望造天堂,
  千般绝望坠地狱。

  Some choices are waiting for me,
  Which one on earth is better?
  No God in the world can help me,
  Choosing is the 1)byname of freedom,
  Different choice makes different future.
  前行歧路须选择,
  究竟哪条会更好?
  绝无上帝可依凭,
  自由别名乃选择,
  不同抉择造异境。

  It's stupid to put eyes on others.
  I have to make up my own mind,
  Going my way to the destination.
  盲随他人不明智,
  吾须定夺前行路,
  不达目标誓不休。

  Facing success or failure,
  It's no need to care too much.
  Only if I've tried my best,
  It’s enough for my simple life.
  纵然面对成与败,
  谨记无须太在意。
  只要吾已竭全力,
  淡然此生无所系。

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02
  Love Your Life  (热爱生活)
  However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The faultfinder will find faults in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace. The town's poor seem to me often to live the most independent lives of any. May be they are simply great enough to receive without misgiving. Most think that they are above being supported by the town; but it often happens that they are not above supporting themselves by dishonest means. Which should be more disreputable. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends, Turn the old, return to them. Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
  (不论你的生活如何卑贱,你要面对它生活,不要躲避它,更别用恶言咒骂它。它不像你那样坏。你最富有的时候,倒是看似最穷。爱找缺点的人就是到天堂里也能找到缺点。你要爱你的生活,尽管它贫穷。甚至在一个济贫院里,你也还有愉快、高兴、光荣的时候。夕阳反射在济贫院的窗上,像身在富户人家窗上一样光亮;在那门前,积雪同在早春融化。我只看到,一个从容的人,在哪里也像在皇宫中一样,生活得心满意足而富有愉快的思想。城镇中的穷人,我看,倒往往是过着最独立不羁的生活。也许因为他们很大,所以受之无愧。大多数人以为他们是超然的,不靠城镇来支援他们;可是事实上他们是往往利用了不正当的手段来对付生活,他们是毫不超脱的,毋宁是不体面的。视贫穷如园中之花而像圣人一样耕植它吧!不要找新的花样,无论是新的朋友或新的衣服,来麻烦你自己。找旧的,回到那里去。万物不变,是我们在变。你的衣服可以卖掉,但要保留你的思想)

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03
  hink it over(好好想象)
  Today we have higher buildings and wider highways, but shorter temperaments and narrower points of view;
  今天我们拥有了更高层的楼宇以及更宽阔的公路,但是我们的性情却更为急躁,眼光也更加狭隘;
  We spend more, but enjoy less;
  我们消耗的更多,享受到的却更少;
  We have bigger houses, but smaller families;
  我们的住房更大了,但我们的家庭却更小了;
  We have more compromises, but less time;
  我们妥协更多,时间更少;
  We have more knowledge, but less judgment;
  我们拥有了更多的知识,可判断力却更差了;
  We have more medicines, but less health;
  我们有了更多的药品,但健康状况却更不如意;
  We have multiplied out possessions, but reduced out values;
  我们拥有的财富倍增,但其价值却减少了;
  We talk much, we love only a little, and we hate too much;
  我们说的多了,爱的却少了,我们的仇恨也更多了;
  We reached the Moon and came back, but we find it troublesome to cross our own street and meet our neighbors;
  我们可以往返月球,但却难以迈出一步去亲近我们的左邻右舍;
  We have conquered the uter space, but not our inner space;
  我们可以征服外太空,却征服不了我们的内心;
  We have higher income, but less morals;
  我们的收入增加了,但我们的道德却少了;
  These are times with more liberty, but less joy;
  我们的时代更加自由了,但我们拥有的快乐时光却越来越少;
  We have much more food, but less nutrition;
  我们有了更多的食物,但所能得到的营养却越来越少了;
  These are the days in which it takes two salaries for each home, but divorces increase;
  现在每个家庭都可以有双份收入,但离婚的现象越来越多了;
  These are times of finer houses, but more broken homes;
  现在的住房越来越精致,但我们也有了更多破碎的家庭;
  That's why I propose, that as of today;
  这就是我为什么要说,让我们从今天开始;
  You do not keep anything for a special occasion because every day that you live is a SPECIAL OCCASION.
  不要将你的东西为了某一个特别的时刻而预留着,因为你生活的每一天都是那么特别;
  Search for knowledge, read more, sit on your porch and admire the view without paying attention to your needs;
  寻找更我的知识,多读一些书,坐在你家的前廊里,以赞美的眼光去享受眼前的风景,不要带上任何功利的想法;
  Spend more time with your family and friends, eat your favorite foods, visit the places you love;
  花多点时间和朋友与家人在一起,吃你爱吃的食物,去你想去的地方;
  Life is a chain of moments of enjoyment; not only about survival;
  生活是一串串的快乐时光;我们不仅仅是为了生存而生存;
  Use your crystal goblets. Do not save your best perfume, and use it every time you feel you want it.
  举起你的水晶酒杯吧。不要吝啬洒上你最好的香水,你想用的时候就享用吧!
  Remove from your vocabulary phrases like” one of these days” or "someday";
  从你的词汇库中移去所谓的“有那么一天”或者“某一天”;
  Let's write that letter we thought of writing "one of these days"!
  曾打算“有那么一天”去写的信,就在今天吧!
  Let's tell our families and friends how much we love them;
  告诉家人和朋友,我们是多么地爱他们;
  Do not delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life;
  不要延迟任何可以给你的生活带来欢笑与快乐的事情;
  Every day, every hour, and every minute is special;
  每一天、每一小时、每一分钟都是那么特别;
  And you don't know if it will be your last.
  你无从知道这是否最后刻。