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  Book and Life

  Book and Life

  Books are to mankind what memory is to the individual.They contain the history of our race,the discoveries we have made, the accumulated knowledge and experience of ages;they picturefor us the miracles and beauties of nature, help us in our difficulties,comfort us in sorrow andin suffering, change hours of weariness into moments of delight,store our minds with ideas,fill them with good and happy thoughts, and lift us out of and above ourselves.Many of thosewho have had, as we say, all that this world can give,have yet told us they owed much of theirpurest happiness to books.Macaulay had wealth and fame, rank and power,and yet he tells usin his biography that he owed the happiest hours of his life to books.He says,"If any onewould make me the greatest king that ever lived,with palaces and gardens and fine dinners, andwines and coaches, and beautiful clothes,and hundreds of servants, on condition that I shouldnot read books,I would not be a king;I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty ofbooks than a king who didn't love reading. Precious and priceless are the blessings which thebooks scatter around our daily paths.

  We walk, in imagination, with the noblest spirits,through the most solemn and charmingregions. Without stirring from our firesides we may roam to the most remote regions of theearth, or soar into realms when Spenser's shapes of unearthly beauty flock to meet us,whereMilton's angels peal in our ears the choral hymns of Paradise.Science, art, literature, philosophy,—all that man has thought, all that man has done,—the experience that has been bought withthe sufferings of a hundred generations,—all are garnered up for us in the world of books.


  A Lesson of Life


  "Everything happens for the best," my mother said whenever faced disappointment. "If you can carry on, one day something good will happen. And you'll realize that it wouldn't have happened if not for that previous disappointment. " Mother was right, as I discovered after graduating from college in 1932. I had decided to try for a job in radio, then work my way up to sports announcer. I hitchhiked to Chicago and knocked on the door of every station -and got turned down every time.

  每当我遇到挫折时,母亲就会说一切都会好的。如采你坚持下去,总有一天会有好事发生。你会认识到,如果没有以前的挫折就不会有现在的一切。 "母亲是对的,发现这个是在 1932年,我刚从大学毕业。我已决定试着在电台找个事儿做然后争取做体育节目的播音员。我搭使车到了芝加哥,挨个电台地敲门推销自己——但每次都被拒绝了。

  In one studio, a kind lady told me that big stations couldn't risk hiring inexperienced person. "Go out in the sticks and find a small station that'll give you a chance," she said.


  I thumbed home to Dixon, Illinois. While there was no radio-announcing jobs in Dixon, my father said Montgomery Ward had opened a store and wanted a local athlete to manage its sports department. Since Dixon was where I had played high school football, I applied. The job sounded just right for me. But I wasn't hired.


  My disappointment must have shown. "Everything happens for the best," Mom reminded me. Dad offered me the car to hunt for a job. I tried WOC Radio in Davenport, Iowa. The program director, a wonderful Scotsman named Peter MacArthur, told me they had already hired an announcer.


  As I left his office, my frustration boiled over. I asked aloud, "How can a fellow get to be a sport announcer if he can't get a job in a radio station? "


  I was waiting for the elevator when I heard MacArthur calling, "What was that you said about sports? Do you know anything about football? " Then he stood me before a microphone and asked me to broadcast an imaginary game.


  On my way home, as I have many times since, I thought of my mother's words: "if you carry on, one day something good will happen. Something wouldn't have happened if not for that previous disappointment" I often wonder what direction my life might have taken if I'd gotten the job at Montgomery Ward.



  In Life We are Happiest When


  A man and his girlfriend were married. It was a large celebration.


  All of their friends and family came to see the lovely ceremony and to partake of the festivities and celebrations. All had a wonderful time.


  The bride was white wedding gown and the groom was very dashing in his black tuxedo. Everyone could tell that the love they had for each other was true.


  A few months later, the wife came to the husband with a proposal, "I read in a magazine, a while ago, about how we can strengthen our marriage," she offered. "Each of us will write a list of the things that we find a bit annoying with the other person. Then, we can talk about how we can fix them together and make our lives happier together...

  几个月后,妻子走近丈夫提议说我刚才在杂志上看到一篇文章,说的是怎样巩固婚姻。"她说我们两个人都各自把对方的小毛病列在一张纸上,然后我们商量一下怎样解决,以便使我们的生活更幸福。 "

  The husband agreed. So each of them went to a separate room in the house and thought of the things that annoyed them about the other. They thought about this question for the rest of the day and wrote down what they came up with.


  The next morning, at the breakfast table, they decided that they would go over their lists.


  "I'll start," offered the wife. She took out her list. It had many items on it, enough to fill 3 pages. In fact, as she started reading the list of the little annoyances she noticed that tears were starting 10 appear in her husband's eyes.


  "What's wrong? she asked. "Nothing," the husband replied, "keep reading your list."


  The wife continued to read until she had read all three pages to her husband. She neatly placed her list on the table and folded her hands over the top of it."Now, you read your list and then we'll talk about the things on both of our lists," she said happily.


  Quietly the husband slated, "I don't have anything on my list. I think that you are perfect the way that you are. I don't want you to change anything for me. You are lovely and wonderful and I wouldn't want to try and change anything about you.

  丈夫平静地说:"我什么也没写,我觉得像你这样就很完美了,我不想让你为我改变什么。你很可爱迷人,我不想让你改变。 "

  The wife, touched by his honesty and the depth of his love for her and his acceptance of her, turned her head and wept.


  In life, there are enough times when we are disappointed, depressed and annoyed. We don't really have to go looking for them. We have a wonderful world that is full of beauty, light and promise. Why waste time in this world looking for the bad, disappointing or annoying when we can look around us, and see the wondrous things before us?


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