Youth (青春)

Youth -Samuel Ullman

Samuel Ullman(塞缪尔.厄尔曼)

Youth is not a time of life,it is a state of mind;
青春不是年华,而是心境;

it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees;
青春不是桃面、丹唇、柔膝,

it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions;
而是深沉的意志、宏伟的想象、炽热的感情;

it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.
青春是生命的深泉在涌流。

Youth means a tempera mental predominance of courage over timidity,
青春气贯长虹,勇锐盖过怯弱,

of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.
进取压倒苟安,如此锐气,

This often exists in a man of 60 more than a boy of 20.
二十后生有之,六旬男子则更多见.

Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.
年年有加,并非垂老;理想丢弃,方堕暮年。

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
岁月悠悠,衰微只及肌肤;热忱抛却,颓唐必至灵魂。

Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spring back to dust.
烦忧、惶恐、丧失自信,定使心灵扭曲,意气如灰。

Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being`s heart the lure of wonder,
无论年届花甲,抑或二八芳龄,心中皆有生命之欢乐,奇迹之诱惑,

the unfailing childlike appetite of what`s next and the joy of the game of living.
孩童般天真久盛不衰。

In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station,
人人心中皆有一台天线,

so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite,
只要你从天上人间接受美好、希望、欢乐、勇气和力量的信号,

so long are you young.
你就青春永驻,风华常存。

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism,
一旦天线倒塌,锐气被冰雪覆盖,玩世不恭、自暴自弃油然而生,

then you are grown old, even at 20,
即使年芳二十,实已垂老矣;

but as long as your aerials are up,to catch waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at 80.
然则只要竖起天线,捕捉乐观的信号,你就有望在八十岁高龄告别尘寰时仍觉得年轻。

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