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英語勵志文章:變老的那一天

“I dread to come to the end of the year,said a friend to me recently, ”it makes me realize I am growing old.“

William James, the great psychologist, said that most men are ”old fogies at twenty-fiveHe was right. Most men at twenty-five are satisfied with their jobs. They have accumulated the little stock of prejudices that they call their “Principles, ” and closed their minds to all new ideas; they have ceased to grow.

The minutea man ceases to grow-no matter what his years-that minute he begins to be old. On the other hand, the really great man never grows old.

Goethe passed out at eighty-three, and finished his Faust only a few years earlier; Gladstone took up a new language when he was seventy. Laplace, the astronomer, was still at work when death caught up with him at seventy-eight. He died crying, “What we know is nothing; what we do not know is immense.”

And there you have the real answer to the question, “When is a man old?”

Laplace at seventy-eight died young. He was still unsatisfied, still sure that he had a lot to learn.

As long as a man can keep himself in that attitude of mind, as long as he can look back on every year and say , “I grew,” he is still young.

The minute he ceases to grow, the minute he says to himself, “I know all that I need to know,”--that day youth stops. He may be twenty-five or seventy-five, it makes no difference. On that day he begins to be old.

“我懼怕臨近歲末年尾”,一位朋友最近對我說:“它使我意識到我正在變老。”

偉大的心理學家威廉?詹姆斯就曾說過,大多數人“25歲時就成了守舊落伍者”。他的話是對的。大多數人25歲時就滿足於他們的工作。他們已經積累了一些他們稱之為“原則”的偏見,對所有新的思想關閉心靈之門;他們已經停止成長。

一個人一旦停止成長--不管他年齡多大--他就開始衰老。反之,真正的偉人從來不會衰老。

歌德享年83歲,逝世前幾年才完成《浮士德》;格萊斯頓70歲時又開始學習一門外國語;法國天文學家拉普拉斯78歲死時還在工作著。臨死前,他大聲喊道:“我們所知的太少太少,我們所不知的太多太多。”

“一個人何時變老?”,從這類事例中對這個問題你已經有了真正的答案。

拉普拉斯78歲逝世時依然年輕。他依舊不滿足,依舊感到許多東西要學。

一個人,只要他能夠保持這種心態,只要他在回首過去的一年時能夠說“我在成長”,他就依然年輕。

他一旦停止成長,他一旦對自己說“我該懂的都懂了”,這個時候他的青春也就完了。他可能在25歲時死去,也可能在75歲時死去,這都沒有區別。就在那一天,他開始變老。