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Companionship of Books 以书为伴
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  • Companionship of Books


    A man may usually be known by the books he reads as well as by the company he keeps; for there is a companionship of books as well as of men; and one should always live in the best company, whether it be of books or of men.


    A good book may be among the best of friends. It is the same today that it always was, and it will never change. It is the most patient and cheerful of companions. It does not turn its back upon us in times of adversity or distress2. It always receives us with the same kindness, amusing and instructing us in youth, and comforting and consoling us in age.


    Men often discover their affinity3 to each other by the mutual4 love they have for a book just as two persons sometimes discover a friend by the admiration5 which both entertain for a third. There is an old proverb, "Love me, love my dog." But there is more wisdom in this: "Love me, love my book." The book is a truer and higher bond of union. Men can think, feel, and sympathize with each other through their favorite author. They live in him together, and he in them.

    喜欢同一本书的人,常常发现彼此间习性也相近,就像有一时两个人因为敬慕同一个人而成为朋友一样。古时有句谚语:"爱屋及乌。" 其实,"爱我及书"这句活蕴涵更多的哲理。书是更为真诚而高尚的情谊纽带。人们可以通过共同喜爱的作家沟通思想,交流感情,产生共鸣。他们和作家情感相通,作家和他们思想相融。

    "Books," said Hazlitt, "wind into the heart; the poet's verse slides in the current of our blood. We read them when young, we remember them when old. We feel that it has happened to ourselves.They are to be very cheap and good. We breathe but the air of books."


    A good book is often the best urn1 of a life enshrining the best that life could think out; for the world of a man's life is, for the most part, but the world of his thoughts. Thus the best books are treasuries6 of good words, the golden thoughts, which, remembered and cherished, become our constant companions and comforters. "They are never alone," said Sir Philip Sidney, "that are accompanied by noble thoughts." The good and true thought may in times of temptation be as an angel of mercy purifying and guarding the soul. It also enshrines the germs of action, for good words almost always inspire to good works.


    Books possess an essence of immortality7. They are by far the most lasting8 products of human effort. Temples and statues decay, but books survive. Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh today as when they first passed through their author's minds, ages ago. What was then said and thought still speaks to us as vividly9 as ever from the printed page. The only effect of time has been to sift10 out the bad products; for nothing in literature can long survive but what is really good.


    Books introduce us into the best society; they bring us into the presence of the greatest minds that have ever lived. We hear what they said and did; we see them as if they were really alive; we sympathize with them, enjoy with them, grieve with them; their experience becomes ours, and we feel as if we were in a measure actors with them in the scenes which they describe.


    The great and good do not die, even in this world. Embalmed11 in books, their spirits walk abroad.The book is a living voice. It is an intellect to which one still listens. Hence we ever remain under the influence of the great men of old. The imperial intellects of the world are as much alive now as they were ages ago.


     10级    双语 


    1 urn [ɜ:n] jHaya   第12级
    • The urn was unearthed entire. 这只瓮出土完整无缺。
    • She put the big hot coffee urn on the table and plugged it in. 她将大咖啡壶放在桌子上,接上电源。
    2 distress [dɪˈstres] 3llzX   第7级
    • Nothing could alleviate his distress. 什么都不能减轻他的痛苦。
    • Please don't distress yourself. 请你不要忧愁了。
    3 affinity [əˈfɪnəti] affinity   第8级
    • I felt a great affinity with the people of the Highlands. 我被苏格兰高地人民深深地吸引。
    • It's important that you share an affinity with your husband. 和丈夫有共同的爱好是十分重要的。
    4 mutual [ˈmju:tʃuəl] eFOxC   第7级
    • We must pull together for mutual interest. 我们必须为相互的利益而通力合作。
    • Mutual interests tied us together. 相互的利害关系把我们联系在一起。
    5 admiration [ˌædməˈreɪʃn] afpyA   第8级
    • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene. 他对风景之美赞不绝口。
    • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists. 我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
    6 treasuries [t'reʒərɪz] 506f29b3521f9522ba67d6c04ba661f5   第9级
    n.(政府的)财政部( treasury的名词复数 );国库,金库
    • Yields on Treasuries, Bunds and gilts can remain at historically low levels. 美国国债、德国国债和英国国债的收益率仍然可以维持在历史低位。 来自互联网
    • Treasuries and gold rose in response but the dollar fell sharply. 接着,国债和黄金的价格上涨,而美元价格则猛跌。 来自互联网
    7 immortality [ˌimɔ:'tæliti] hkuys   第7级
    • belief in the immortality of the soul 灵魂不灭的信念
    • It was like having immortality while you were still alive. 仿佛是当你仍然活着的时候就得到了永生。
    8 lasting [ˈlɑ:stɪŋ] IpCz02   第7级
    • The lasting war debased the value of the dollar. 持久的战争使美元贬值。
    • We hope for a lasting settlement of all these troubles. 我们希望这些纠纷能获得永久的解决。
    9 vividly ['vɪvɪdlɪ] tebzrE   第9级
    • The speaker pictured the suffering of the poor vividly. 演讲者很生动地描述了穷人的生活。
    • The characters in the book are vividly presented. 这本书里的人物写得栩栩如生。
    10 sift [sɪft] XEAza   第8级
    vt. 筛选;撒;过滤;详查 vi. 筛;详查;撒下;细究
    • Sift out the wheat from the chaff. 把小麦的壳筛出来。
    • Sift sugar on top of the cake. 在蛋糕上面撒上糖。
    11 embalmed [ɪm'ba:md] 02c056162718f98aeaa91fc743dd71bb   第12级
    adj.用防腐药物保存(尸体)的v.保存(尸体)不腐( embalm的过去式和过去分词 );使不被遗忘;使充满香气
    • Many fine sentiments are embalmed in poetry. 许多微妙的情感保存于诗歌中。 来自辞典例句
    • In books, are embalmed the greatest thoughts of all ages. 伟大思想古今有,载入书中成不朽。 来自互联网

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