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名校励志英语演讲 第15期:失败的额外收益和想象力的重要性

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[00:00.21]However, my parents, both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college,

然而, 我的父母家境都很贫困,两个人都没上过大学,

[00:06.48]took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk,

他们认为我过于丰富的想象力是令人惊讶的个人怪癖,

[00:11.44]that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension.

根本不足以让我支付按揭,或者获得足够的养老金。

[00:15.48]I know that the irony strikes with the force of a cartoon anvil, now.

我现在明白了反讽就像用卡通铁砧去打击你,但......

[00:22.03]So they hoped that I would take a vocational degree; I wanted to study English Literature.

他们希望我取得高职学位,而我却想攻读英国文学。

[00:27.51]A compromise was reached that in retrospect satisfied nobody,and I went up to study Modern Languages.

最后,我和父母达成了妥协,我改学现代语言。

[00:35.30]Hardly had my parents' car rounded the corner at the end of the road,

现在回想起来,当时双方都不怎么满意。

[00:39.04]than I ditched German and scuttled off down the Classics corridor.

于是,父母的车刚一开远,我就丢下德语,去学习古典文学。

[00:44.21]I cannot remember telling my parents that I was studying Classics;

我不记得告诉过父母自己在学习古典文学,

[00:48.27]they might well have found out for the first time on graduation day.

他们可能是在我毕业典礼那天才知道的。

[00:53.19]Of all the subjects on this planet, I think they would have been hard put to name one less useful,

我想,他们也许认为,在全世界所有专业中,不会有比研究希腊神话更没用的专业了,

[00:59.42]than Greek mythology when it came to securing the keys to an executive bathroom.

那甚至无法换来一间独立宽敞的卫生间。

[01:06.35]I would like to make it clear, in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view.

在这里我想说明一点:我不会因为父母的观点而责怪他们。

[01:12.56]There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction;

不要因为父母给你的人生路指错了方向就无休止地埋怨他们。

[01:17.01]the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.

当你到了一定年龄,可以自己把握人生时,就应该自己承担责任。

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