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【双语】《独居所感》名篇名段背诵精华

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发表于 2018-11-3 13:38:20 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式


The other day an acquaintance of mine, a gregarious and charming man, told me he had found himself unexpectedly alone in New York for an hour or two between appointments. He went to the Whitney and spent the "empty" time looking at things in solitary bliss. For him it proved to be a shock nearly as great as falling in love to discover that he could enjoy himself so much alone.

前些日子,我的一个熟人,一位热爱交际且富有魅力的男士告诉我,他在纽约的两个约会之间偶然有一两个小时的空闲,便去了惠特尼博物馆,四处浏览着展品,无比幸福的度过了那些时光。发现自已独自一人也能如此的幸福,他感觉像坠入爱河那般震惊。

Loneliness is most acutely felt with other people, for with others,even with a lover sometimes, we suffer from our differences of taste, temperament,mood. Human intercourse often demands that we soften the edge of perception, or withdraw at the very instant of personal truth for fear of hurting, or of being inappropriately present, which is to say naked, in a social situation. Alone we can afford to be wholly whatever we are, and to feel whatever we feel absolutely. That is a great luxury!

与别人呆在一起时孤独感更为强烈,因为与他人在一起,即使是恋人,我们也会被不同的品味,不同的性格,以及不同的情绪所困扰。人际交往要求我们必须磨掉感知的棱角,在每每涉及个人私事时,我们因为怕伤害别人而避而不谈,或者害怕在社交场合不合时宜,比如过于暴露自已。而独自一人,我们便可以随心所欲,感受 真正的自我。那真是有些奢侈的享受!

For me the most interesting thing about a solitary life, and mine has been that for the last twenty years, is that it becomes increasingly rewarding. When I can wake up and watch the sun rise over the ocean, as I do most days, and know that I have an entire day ahead, uninterrupted, in which to write a few pages, take a walk with my dog, lie down in the afternoon for a long think (why does one think better in a horizontal position?), read and listen to music, I am flooded with happiness.

我已独自生活了二十年。对我来说,独自生活最大意义在于它变得越来越有裨益。每当早晨醒来,看着旭日从海平面上冉冉升起,我知道还有整整一天。在这一天里, 我可以不受打扰地写几页书,带着我的狗一起散散步,下午长时间地躺着想一些事情(为什么人躺着时能更好地思考?),读读书,听听音乐。想到这些,我便沉浸在幸福之中。

I'm lonely only when I am overtired, when I have worked too long without a break, when from the time being I feel empty and need filling up. And I am lonely sometimes when I come back home after a lecture trip, when I have seen a lot of people and talked a lot, and am full to the brim with experience that needs to be sorted out.

只有在我过度劳累的时候,在我长时间不断工作的时侯,在我感到内心空虚,需要充实的时候,我才会感到寂寞。有时,外出演讲回来,见了许多人,讲了许多话,心中满是纷乱的体验需要整理,偶而也会觉得孤独。

Then for a little while the house feels huge and empty, and I wonder where my self is hiding. It has to be recaptured slowly by watering the plants, perhaps, and looking again at each one as though it were a person, by feeding the two cats, by cooking a meal.

于是有那么一会儿,我感到整个房子非常大,空荡荡的。不知此时的自我又藏匿于何处。这时,我会给花草浇浇水,挨个瞅瞅,仿佛它们是活生生的人一样,或是喂喂两只小猫,亲手做顿饭菜,这样自我就慢慢地重新找回。

It takes a while, as I watch the surf blowing up in fountains at the end of the field, but the moment comes when the world falls away, and the self emerges again from the deep unconsciousness, bringing back all I have recently experienced to be explored and slowly understood, when I can converse again with my hidden powers, and so grow, and so be renewed, till death do us part.

田野的尽头泉水喷涌翻腾,我注视良久。现实世界逐渐消退,自我再次从内心深处浮现。最近的种种经历都随之而来,以待我可以再次同内心潜在力量交流时慢慢地探究和领会。这些力量便如此慢慢增强,不断获得新生,直至死神将我们分开。

[发帖际遇]: katy 发帖时在路边捡到 5 元 家元,偷偷放进了口袋. 幸运榜 / 衰神榜
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