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    分类:英语散文 时间:2017-06-09 本文已影响

    篇一:中英对照美文“Life as Chopsticks”《 筷子人生》

    Life as Chopsticks 筷子人生

    Chopsticks. Right now, millions of people are digging into their food with two sticks that have stood the test of time as a utensil for humans, even when countless thousands of other tools, gadgets and products haven’t. But what’s so special about them?

    What can we learn from mere chopsticks?

    Personally, I have used them all my life, but it was only recently I realized the depth of influence they had in many people’s way of life. They teach us the importance of:

    Simplicity. They can come in all kinds of colours and sizes but essentially they are just two long sticks. There’s hardly anything more simple than two bits of wood being pushed together. With new technology being released everyday and adverts bombarding us with the need to be able to do more with less, multi-tasking and multiple-use devices, it is sort of refreshing to still have something which has just one use—simply to eat. Chopsticks are a living example that simplicity simply works, and we don’t need to keep developing, improving and fixing things all the time.

    Versatility. Chopsticks can be used for picking up all kinds of food: meat, veg, rice, even the bones from fish. Because by nature, their simplicity means that they are adaptable. Instead of aiming for a niche in an attempt to find a “gap in the market”, or to fill a hole that probably doesn’t need filling, they cater to a wide range purposes. Imagine being like chopsticks in this way, able to appeal to many people because you are useful, without worrying about being “more innovative” or “better” in anyway. They just do what they are made to do; they just are.

    Aim. If you’ve ever tried using them, you know that you can’t get what you want by just haphazardly stabbing at the plate. To be able to get what you want, you have to aim for it. There’s no way you can pick up everything in one go. Know what you want, and just do it. Sometimes, a little bit of focus makes the difference between failure and success.

    Practice. Using chopsticks doesn’t come naturally. You have to learn to use them and practice it. But how will you learn? Should you just read about it? Most would agree that there’s no better way to practice than to look at the delicious food in front of you and tell yourself that you can’t have any until you can use the chopsticks to get it. In real life, you can read as much as you like about all the things you want to do, but it will just amount to dreams and theory if you don’t try actually doing it. Don’t just watch others eating, put yourself out there and give the cho


    psticks a go.

    Slowing Down. A common health tip is to try to eat with chopsticks when you can. Why? Because it slows you down and allows your stomach to tell your brain you’re full before you overeat. Eating with chopsticks is a slower process, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes we need to slow down and take things one step at a time, break it down at each stage so that we have time to think, to realize that we’re actually full and that we don’t have to keep charging full speed through life.

    Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy each morsel of life as it comes.











    utensil [ju:'tens?l] n. 器皿,用具

    gadget ['ɡ?d?it] n. 小玩意儿;小器具

    simplicity [sim'plisiti] n. 朴素;简易;天真

    versatility [,v?s?'t?l?t?] n. 多用途,多功能

    niche [ni:?, nit?] n. [商业] 有利可图的市场(或形势等)

    cater ['keit?] vt. 投合,迎合;满足需要

    innovative ['in?uveitiv] adj. 革新的,新颖的 haphazardly [,h?p'h?z?dli] adv. 随意地,偶然地 stab [st?b] v. 刺,戳

    in one go 一口气

    amount to (在意义、效果、价值等方面)等同;接近 morsel ['m?:sel] n.一口,(食物的)少量





    art is the object of feeling, and the subject of nature. (s.k.langer, american philosopher and educator)

    艺术是情感的客观表现。也是本性的主观反映。(美国哲学家、教育家 兰格 s k)

    art is the right hand of nature. the latter only gave us being, but the former made us men. (friedrich schiller, german poet)

    艺术是自然的右手。自然只让我们存在,而艺术创造我们的人类。(德国诗人 席勒 f)

    art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travel. (theocore dreser, american novelist)

    好画犹如佳肴,只可意会,不可言传。(法国画家 弗拉曼克 m)

    good painting is like good cooking; it ca n be tasted, but not explained. (maurice de vlaminck, french painter)

    简单地说,伟大的文学就是包涵极其丰富意义的语言。(美国诗人 庞德 e)

    great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree (ezra poud, american poet)

    幽默被人正确地解释为以诚挚表达感受,寓深思于嬉笑。(美国诗人 庞德 e)

    humor has been well defined as thinking in fun while feeling in earnest. (mark twain, american novelist)

    我写作只是为了增加自身的美。(美国作家 杰克·伦敦)

    i write for no other purpose than to add to the beauty that now belongs to me. (jack london, american writer)

    音乐要用心灵去听,用头脑去感觉。(法国作家 雨果 v)

    in music one must think with the heart and feel with the brains. victor hugo, french writer jazz tickles your muscles, symphonies stretch your soul. (paulwhiteman, american conductor)

    爵士乐使你的肌肉发痒,交响乐能舒展你的灵魂。(美国指挥家 怀特曼 p)

    iterature is a kind of intellectual light which, like the light of the sun, may sometimes enable us to see what we do not like. (samuse johnson, british writer and critic)

    文学是一种理智之光,它和阳光一样,有时能使我们看到我们不喜欢的东西。(英国作家、批评家 约翰逊 s)

    love and scandale the best sweeteners of tea. (heyfielding, british writer) 风流韵事与丑闻是品茶聊天时的最佳话题。(英国作家 菲尔丁 h)

    music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak. (william congreve. british dramatist)

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    painting is silent poetry, and poetry is a apeaking picture. (simonides, ancient greek writer)

    画是无言之诗,诗是有声之画。(古希腊作家 西蒙尼特斯)

    rules and modesty destroy genius and art. (william hazlitt, british essayist) 规则与谦逊会毁掉天才和艺术。(英国散文家 哈兹里特 w)

    satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face

    their own. (jonathan swift, british writer)

    讽刺是一面镜子,观看者通常从中看到每一个人的面容却看不到自己。(英国作家 斯威夫特 j)

    some people pretend to despise the things they cannot have. (aesop, ancient greek fable writer)

    吃不到葡萄的人说葡萄酸。(古希腊寓言作家 伊索)

    speech is a mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he. (ephraem syrus, american writer)

    语言是心灵的镜子;一个人只要说话,他说的话就是他的心灵的镜子。(美国作家 塞拉斯 e)

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