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英语美文精华必背(音频):工作和娱乐

2016-03-30    来源:小e英语    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Work and Pleasure

工作和娱乐

To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real. It is no use starting late in life to say: "I will take an interest in this or that."Such an attempt only aggravates the strain of mental effort. A man may acquire great knowledge of topics unconnected with his daily work, and yet hardly get any benefit or relief. It is no use doing what you like; you have got to like what you do. Broadly speaking, human beings may be divided into three classes : those who are toiled to death, those who are worried to death, and those who are bored to death...
想要获得真正的幸福与平安,一个人至少应该有两三种业余爱好,而且必须是真正的爱好。到了晚年才开始说“我要对什么感兴趣”是毫无益处的,这样的尝试只会增加精神上的负担。在与自己日常工作无关的某些领域中,一个人可以获得渊博的知识,但他几乎得不到实在的益处或放松。喜欢干什么就干什么是无益的,你得干一行爱一行。广义而言,人类可以分成三个阶层:劳累而死的人、忧虑而死的人和烦恼而死的人……
 
 
It may also be said that rational, industrious, useful human beings are divided into two classes: first, those whose work is work and whose pleasure is pleasure; and secondly, those whose work and pleasure are one. Of these the former are the majority. They have their compensations. The long hours in the office or the factory bring with them as their reward, not only the means of sustenance, but a keen appetite for pleasure even in its simplest and most modest forms. But Fortune's favoured children belong to the second class. Their life is a natural harmony. For them the working hours are never long e- nough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays when they come are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing vocation. Yet to both classes the need of an alternative outlook, of a change of atmosphere, of a diversion of effort, is essential. Indeed, it may well be that those whose work is their pleasure are those who most need the means of banishing it at intervals from their minds.
或者可以这么说,理智的、勤奋的、有用的人可以分为两类:第一类,他们的工作就是工作,娱乐就是娱乐;第二类,他们的工作和娱乐是合二为一的。当然,很大_部分人都属于第一类人。他们可以得到相应的补偿。在办公室或工厂里长时间的工作,带给他们的不仅是维持生计的金钱,还带给他们一种渴求娱乐的强烈欲望,哪怕这种娱乐消遣是以最简单、最朴实的方式进行。命运的宠儿则属于第二类人,他们的生活自然而和谐。在他们看来,工作时间永远不够多,每一天在他们看来都是假期;而当正常的假日到来时,他们总会抱怨他们沉迷其中的休假被强行中断。然而,有一些东西对于这两类人来说是十分必要的,那就是变换一下视角,改变一下氛围,努力做一件别的事情。事实上,每隔一段时间,那些把工作看做娱乐的人们很可能最需要以某种方式把工作驱赶出他们的大脑。


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