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英语专业晨读美文-人物篇 6 Magic Mum

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[00:01.62]“Magic Mum”at Harvard University
[00:09.50]President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation
[00:12.77]and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty1,
[00:15.73] proud parents, and, above all, graduates.
[00:19.77]The first thing I would like to say is thank you.
[00:22.73]Not only has Harvard given me an extraordinary honour,
[00:25.79]but the weeks of fear and nausea2
[00:28.09]I've experienced at the thought of giving this commencement address
[00:31.48] have made me lose weight. A win-win situation!
[00:34.87]Now all I have to do is take deep breaths,
[00:38.04]squint at the red banners and fool myself into believing
[00:41.21] I am at the world's best-educated Harry3 Potter convention.
[00:45.26]Now, I am not going to stand here and tell you that failure is fun.
[00:49.96]That period of my life was a dark one,
[00:52.70]and I had no idea that there was going to be
[00:55.33] what the press has since represented as a kind of fairy tale resolution.
[00:59.80] I had no idea how far the tunnel extended, and for a long time,
[01:04.62] any light at the end of it was a hope rather than a reality.
[01:08.99]So why do I talk about the benefits of failure?
[01:12.16]Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.
[01:16.65]I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was,
[01:20.91]and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work
[01:25.18]that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else,
[01:29.45] I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena4
[01:33.82]I believed I truly belonged to.
[01:35.90] I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realised,
[01:40.49]and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored,
[01:44.87] and I had an old typewriter and a big idea.
[01:48.25] And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
[01:53.29]You might think that I chose my second theme,
[01:56.24] the importance of imagination,
[01:58.32]because of the part it played in rebuilding my life,
[02:01.27]but that is not wholly so.
[02:03.67]Though I will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp5,
[02:08.05]I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense.
[02:12.10] Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that
[02:17.35] which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation.
[02:21.29] In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity,
[02:25.44]it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans
[02:29.38] whose experiences we have never shared.
[02:32.55]So today, I can wish you nothing better than similar friendships.
[02:36.82] And tomorrow, I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine,
[02:41.41]you remember those of Seneca,
[02:43.60]another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor,
[02:47.97] in retreat from career ladders, in search of ancient wisdom:
[02:51.80]As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is,
[02:56.17] but how good it is, is what matters.
[02:59.01]I wish you all very good lives.
[03:01.97]Thank you very much.


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1 faculty HhkzK     
n.才能;学院,系;(学院或系的)全体教学人员
参考例句:
  • He has a great faculty for learning foreign languages.他有学习外语的天赋。
  • He has the faculty of saying the right thing at the right time.他有在恰当的时候说恰当的话的才智。
2 nausea C5Dzz     
n.作呕,恶心;极端的憎恶(或厌恶)
参考例句:
  • Early pregnancy is often accompanied by nausea.怀孕期常有恶心的现象。
  • He experienced nausea after eating octopus.吃了章鱼后他感到恶心。
3 harry heBxS     
vt.掠夺,蹂躏,使苦恼
参考例句:
  • Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人们感到更加忙碌和苦恼。
  • Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奥巴马用医改掠夺了商界。
4 arena Yv4zd     
n.竞技场,运动场所;竞争场所,舞台
参考例句:
  • She entered the political arena at the age of 25. 她25岁进入政界。
  • He had not an adequate arena for the exercise of his talents.他没有充分发挥其才能的场所。
5 gasp UfxzL     
n.喘息,气喘;v.喘息;气吁吁他说
参考例句:
  • She gave a gasp of surprise.她吃惊得大口喘气。
  • The enemy are at their last gasp.敌人在做垂死的挣扎。
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