奥斯卡·王尔德都说过哪些“毒鸡汤”?

11月26日18:49

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奥斯卡·王尔德(Oscar Wilde,1854-1900),出生于英国统治时期的爱尔兰都柏林,毕业于牛津大学。身为“唯美主义作家”的王尔德一边写出了诸如《快乐王子(The Happy Prince)》《夜莺与玫瑰(The Nightale and the Rose)》这样浪漫凄美的童话,一边在他其他的作品中尖酸刻薄地质疑一切,讽刺一切,隔着一个多世纪的时间,他的很多“毒舌”依然能一语道破天机,依然能让21世纪的我们情不自禁地对号入座。

麦格兰岛岛主Sean给大家准备了18碗“王尔德牌”毒鸡汤,希望大家尽兴。

A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.

男人的脸是自传,女人的脸是小说。

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.

只有无聊的人才会把早餐吃出花样来。

What is the chief cause of divorce? Marriage.

离婚的主要原因是什么?结婚。

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

每当人们赞同我的时候,我都觉得自己肯定哪儿错了。

When I was young, I used to think that money was the most important thing in life, now that I am old, I know it is.

我年轻时曾以为金钱是世界上最重要的东西,等到老了才知道,原来真的是这样。

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

对于建议,你所能做的,就是把它转送给别人,建议从来就不是给自己准备的。

It is very easy to endure the difficulties of one’s enemies. It is the successes of one’s friends that are hard to bear.

敌人造成的困难很容易忍受,朋友取得的成功却让人很难忍受。

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

时尚总是丑得难以容忍,所以每隔六个月我们都只好改一次。

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

我喜欢戏剧。与人生相比,戏剧更真实一些。

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.

那些被称作“不道德”的书,不过是把这世界的羞耻真实地展示了出来。

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

“自私”不是任性地按自己的想法生活,而是要求别人按自己的想法活。

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

一个愤世嫉俗的人,知道所有事物的价格,而不知道任何事物的价值。

Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.

不会学习的人都跑去教书了。

还有经典的王尔德式的逻辑悖论,伶牙俐齿,让人无言以对。

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

人生的悲剧只有两种:一种是没有得到自己想要的东西,另一种是得到自己想要的东西。

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. I can resist anything but temptation.

摆脱诱惑的唯一方法就是服从它。除了诱惑,我可以抵抗任何东西。

有时候,他会突然收起讽刺一切的毒舌,说一些很有禅意的话。

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

一个思想若称不上危险,那么它就不值得被称作思想。

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

每个圣人都有过去,每个罪人都有未来。

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

我们都生活在阴沟里,但仍有人在仰望星空。

王尔德文才超群,能驾驭诗歌、剧作、小说等诸多文体。他少年得意,在年仅二十四岁时,他的诗作就荣获大奖;他也是当之无愧的戏剧家和小说家,如《温德摩尔夫人的扇子(Lady Windermere’s Fan)》、《理想的丈夫(An ideal Husband)》,《道林·格雷的画像(The Picture of Dorian Gray)》等等,都是一时绝唱。但他的声名鹊起却是起源于童话作品,他的两部著名的童话集《快乐王子集(The Happy Prince and Other Stories)》和《石榴之家(House of Pomegranate)》,是唯美主义童话的代表作,其中的著名故事如《快乐王子(The Happy Prince)》《自私的巨人(The Selfish Giant)》《夜莺与玫瑰(The Nightingale and the Rose)》等更是纯正英语的结晶(推荐阅读英文版!!!)。

令人唏嘘的是,这位19世纪伟大文学家,在临死的时候竟会一文不名,连房租都得由朋友代付。他一生经历了大起大伏,时而如日中天,时而一落千丈。这位大胆生活、狂热地追求理想艺术的文学家,却发现自己的童话《快乐王子》惊人地预写了自己的一生。

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