教育文化类:读书/人生哲理类:行动

In the cartoons above are two men treating books in completely different ways. In the first caricature, facing hundreds of books on the shelf, a man is speaking proudly, “I have so many books!” On the contrary, in the second drawing, facing merely one book on the desk, another person is saying to himself, “I will exert my effort to finish reading 20 books this year.” The cartoons are captioned: “owning books and reading books”.
The aim of the portrayals is to show us that action speak louder than words. Ambition is nothing without action, whereas action is perfectly possible without ambition, as is evidenced by impulsive people. Let us consider for instance Leonardo Da Vinci. In his life he created many
brilliant works of art and invented many machines, such as the helicopter, that surpassed the technology of his time. If he had only been an ambitious man, he would have no doubt left us only with nice artifacts. Yet, Da Vinci was a man of action who could not sit still, so he produced a dazzling legacy of painting and inventions.
Generally speaking, ambition and action are both essential in determining whether we flourish or fall behind. The former gives us the drive and direction to move forward, while the latter enables us to take the initiative to implement our vision and make things happen. Just as the famous British philosopher John Locke said, “The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts”.

生词:impulsive冲动的、helicopter直升机、artifacts人工产品/史前古器物、

ambition 目标、野心;ambitious 野心勃勃的;dazzling 耀眼的、dazzle使眼花

、legacy遗产、invention发明、essential 本质的、完全必要的、必不可少的;

determining决定、确定、determination决心;interpreter口译员;

译文:

上述图画中有两个人以完全不同的态度对待读书。在第一幅漫画中,一个人面对着书架上成百上千本书,骄傲地说:“我有这么多书!”相反,在第二幅漫画中,另一个人面对桌上仅有的一本书,自言自语道:“我争取今年读完 20 本书”。标题提示我们:“有书”与“读书”。
这些漫画的目的是告诉我们行动胜于言语。如果不付诸行动,雄心就毫无意义;然而如果没有雄心,行动却很有可能存在,这一点可以在那些受感情驱使的人身上得以证明。以莱昂纳多·达·芬奇为例。他在一生中创造了很多杰出的艺术作品,并发明了很多超越其年代技术的机器,比如直升飞机。如果他仅仅是一个有雄心的人,那么毫无疑问,他为后人留下的只是一些美好的艺术品。但是,作为一个讲求实干而非静坐不动的人,达·芬奇为我们创造的璀璨遗产有绘画作品和科学发明。
总之,雄心和行动都是决定我们成功或落后于人的重要因素。前者给予我们前进的动力和方向,后者使我们能够积极主动地实现愿望。正如英国哲学家约翰·洛克所说:“行动是思想的最好诠释者”。

最后修改日期:2020年6月28日

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