学习啦【英语美文欣赏】 编辑：韦彦 发布时间：2016-09-30
代价The Price You Pay
The Creator sells us good things at the price of labor, effort, and persistence. We pay for our high ideals, sometimes, with great loneliness.
We pay for life itself through efforts to sustain it, and even more to train it into worthwhile channels and to keep it there. We pay for our sorrow and losses and errors sometimes with anger, sometimes with endurance1 and quiet, or best with tender and hopeful resignation.
But whatever coin we give we know at least that nothing may be had for nothing. duanwenw.com What do we most desire to buy? Are we able and willing to pay the price?
If we choose to buy pleasure, ease, and self-indulgence, somehow we must scrape together the purchase price. We may not eat our cake and have it too.
Haven’t you noticed what a high price those who drift through life, trusting to get the rewards of labor and avoid making payments, pay in the end?
On one occasion, a lady said to a famous violinist, duanwenw.com "I would give half my life to be able to play like you do." "That madam," he replied, "is exactly what I have given to do it."
一个更好的明天A Better Tomorrow
People often wonder why historians go to so much trouble to preserve millions of books, documents and records.
Why do we have libraries? What good are these documents and history books? Why do we record and save the actions of men, the negotiations1 of government officials and the events during wars?
We do it because, sometimes, the voice of experience can cause us to stop, look and listen. duanwenw.com Sometimes, past records, when understood in the right way, can help us decide what to do and what not to do. If we are ever to create lasting peace, we must seek its origins in human experience and in the records of human history.
From the stories of courage and devotion of men and women, we create the inspirations of youth. History records the suffering, the self-denial2, the devotion, and the heroic deeds of people in the past. These records can help us when we are confused and when we really need peace.
The main purpose of history is to create a better world. History gives a warning to those who promote war, and inspiration to those who seek peace.
In short, history helps us learn. Yesterday’s records can keep us from repeating yesterday’s mistakes. duanwenw.com And from the pieces of mosaic4 assembled5 by historians come the great murals6 which represent the progress of mankind.
热爱生活Love Your Life
However difficult your life is, meet it and love it.
Do not avoid it and call it names1. It is not as bad as you think. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults in paradise.
Love your life. Poor sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s house. duanwenw.com The snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I can only see a quiet mind living as contentedly there, and have as cheerful thoughts, as in a palace.
The town’s poor seem to me to live the most independent lives of any. duanwenw.com Maybe they are simply great enough to receive without doubt. 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 disreputable4. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Turn to the old, and return to them.
Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.