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Charles Darwin 達爾文

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
膽敢浪費一小時時間的人,必未曾發現生命的價值。

*補充*

  • dare (v.) 敢於、膽敢
  • discover (v.) 發現、找到

Thomas A. Edison 愛迪生

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
天才是百分之一的靈感,加上百分之九十九的汗水。

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
我沒有失敗,只不過是發現了一萬種不可行的方式。

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
許多人們的失敗,起因於人們在放棄的時候沒有意識到他們距離成功有多麼近。

*補充*

  • inspire (v.) 激發、激勵、喚起
  • inspiration (n.) 靈感、突然想到的好主意
  • perspire (v.) 流汗
  • perspiration (n.) 汗

Rabindranath Tagore 泰戈爾

It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.
快樂很簡單,但要簡單卻很難。

If you shed tears when you miss the sun, you also miss the stars.
當你為了錯過太陽而哭泣,那你也將錯過群星。

Mohandas Gandhi 甘地

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
你必須成為你在世界上想看見的那個改變。

Where there is love there is life.
有愛的地方,就有生命。

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
力量不是來自肉體的力量,而是源自於不屈不撓的意志。

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  • physical (adj.) 身體的、肉體的 / 物質的、實物的
  • capacity (n.) 能力、容量
  • indomitable (adj.) 不屈不撓的

Winston Churchill 邱吉爾

We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it.
我們應當仁慈對人,但不該要求別人也這樣對我們。

You have enemies? Good, that means you’ve stood up for something, something in your life.
你有敵人嗎?有的話,很好!這表示你有為了你生命中的某件事挺身而出。

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
成功是歷經一個又一個的失敗卻不失去熱情。

*補充*

  • enthusiasm (n.) 熱情、熱忱

Albert Einstein 愛因斯坦

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
與其當一個成功的人,不如成為一個有價值的人。

Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.
只有嘗試做那些荒唐事的人,才能成就不可能的事。

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
人生就像騎腳踏車,為了保持平衡,你必須一直前進。

*補充*

  • absurd (adj.) 荒謬的、荒唐的、愚蠢的、可笑的

Franklin D. Roosevelt 羅斯福

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
我們唯一該害怕的就是恐懼本身。

Charlie Chaplin 卓別林

You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.
如果你總是低著頭,那麼你永遠無法看見彩虹。

We think too much and feel too little.
我們總是考慮太多,卻太少去感受。

Martin Luther King, Jr. 馬丁路德金恩

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
我們接受有限的失望,但絕不能失去無限的希望。

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
人的一生最長久也最迫切的問題是:你為其他人做了什麼?

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  • finite (adj.) 有限的、有盡的
  • infinite (adj.) 無限的、無邊的
  • persistent (adj.) 持續的、存留的、堅持不懈的
  • urgent (adj.) 緊急的、急迫的

Steve Jobs 賈柏斯

Stay hungry, stay foolish.
求知若飢,虛心求教。

Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.
質比量更重要,就像一支全壘打勝過兩支二壘安打。

You’ve got to find what you love.
你必須找到你的熱情所在。

Bill Gates 比爾蓋茲

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
成功是一名糟糕的老師,它誘使聰明人以為自己不會失敗。

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  • lousy (adj.)  糟糕的、差勁的
  • seduce (v.)  勾引、誘使

Tim Duncan 鄧肯

Good, better, best, never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.
精益求精,永不停止,直到你的好成為更好,更好成為最好。

Socrates 蘇格拉底

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
唯一真正的智慧是知道自己一無所知。

I can not teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.
我無法教任何人任何事情,我只能驅使他們思考。

*補充*

  • wisdom (n.) 智慧

Plato 柏拉圖

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
善待你遇到的每個人,因為他們都在為人生奮鬥。

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這裡的 “for” 當連接詞用,中文意思是「因為」,前面要加逗號,後面要接一個完整的句子。如果不太熟悉這樣的用法,可以點進去補充文章裡瞧瞧喔:
【英文解密】你以為他們都一樣?because of、due to 大不同!所有易搞混的「因為」一網打盡

Aristotle 亞里斯多德

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
「認識自己」是所有智慧的源頭。

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
我們每天做什麼,就會成為什麼樣的人。因此,卓越不是一種行為,而是一個習慣。

Alexander the Great 亞歷山大大帝

There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
勇於嘗試的人沒有做不到的事。

Archimedes 阿基米徳

Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.
給我一個支點,我就能舉起地球。

Julius Caesar 凱薩大帝    

I see, I come, I conquer.
我見,我來,我征服。

*補充*

  • conquer (v.) 佔領、征服、克服

Genghis Khan 成吉思汗

An action committed in anger is an action doomed to failure.
出於憤怒的行動,注定會失敗。

*補充*

  • commit (v.) 犯 (罪);使致力於;承諾;做
  • doom (v.) 使注定、必然發生 (n.) 厄運

Cristoforo Colombo 哥倫布

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
除非你有勇氣抵達看不到岸的彼端,否則你永遠無法跨越海洋。

*補充*

  • shore (n.) 濱、岸

Galileo Galilei 伽利略

Passion is the genesis of genius.
熱情是天才的起源。

*補充*

  • genesis (n.) 形成、起源、發生

René Descartes 笛卡兒

I think, therefore I am.
我思故我在。

Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
懷疑是智慧的源頭。

Louis XIV 路易十四

There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.
人若能征服自己,便能征服一切。

*補充*

  • withstand (v.) 禁得住、承受

Isaac Newton 牛頓

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.
如果我看得更遠,那是因為我站在巨人的肩膀上。

I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
我可以計算天體的運行軌跡,卻難以估量人們的瘋狂。

Benjamin Franklin 富蘭克林

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
別害怕犯錯。你將會明白失敗為何物。繼續努力去爭取吧。

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
沒做好準備,那就準備失敗。

Napoléon Bonaparte 拿破崙

The man who has made up his mind to win will never say “impossible”.
有著必勝信念的人,從不說「不可能」。

Circumstances – what are circumstances? I make circumstances.
英雄造時勢。

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
死亡不算什麼,但被生活擊倒又不光采地活著,就如同每天死亡。

*補充*

  • circumstance (n.) 情況、情勢、狀況
  • inglorious (adj.) 不光采的

Ludwig van Beethoven 貝多芬

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
音樂,是比一切智慧和哲學更崇高的啟示。

*補充*

  • reveal (v.) 揭露、顯露
  • revelation (n.) 被揭示的真相

Ralph Waldo Emerson 愛默生

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
你每生氣一分鐘,就失去六十秒的快樂。

Abraham Lincoln 林肯

The surest way to reveal one’s character is not through adversity but by giving them power.
要彰顯一個人真正的人格,不是讓他處於逆境,而是賦予他權力。

I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.
雖然我走得很慢,但我從不後退。

*補充*

adversity (n.) 逆境、不幸、厄運

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