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厌烦是一种批评——名句欣赏(十八)  

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1.      To see him fumbling with our rich and delicate language is to experience all the horror of seeing a Sevres vase in the hands of a chimpanzee. 看他拙笨地说着我们丰富又精美的语言,就是彻底体验看见塞夫勒花瓶拿在黑猩猩手里时那种惊惧。Evelyn Waugh, reviewing World within World by Steven Spender, 1951

2.      He leads his readers to the latrine and locks them in. 他将读者领到厕所,然后把他们关在里面。 Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish novelist and playwright, of fellow novelist and playwright George Moore (Attrib.)

3.      One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing. 一个人必定是心硬如石者,如果他读到小内尔之死而放声不笑的话。Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish novelist and playwright (Attrib.)

4.      Once I put it down, I just couldn’t pick it up. 一旦我放下它,我就怎么也拿不起。 Sally poplin, English humorist

5.      To my daughter Leonora without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time. 谢谢我的女儿埃莉诺,要不是她无尽的同情与激励,这书的完毕会提前一半时间。P. G. Wodehouse, The Heart of a Goof, 1926

6.      Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism. 归根结底,厌烦是一种批评。William Phillips, A sense of the present, 1967

7.      You must be careful about giving any drink whatsoever to a bore. A lit-up bore is the worst in the world. 你一定要当心,别给饶舌的人任何饮料。世上最糟糕的就是饶舌者喝得容光焕发。Lord David Cecil, English aristocrat, 1964

8.      He’s a man of few words—which he keeps on repeating. 他这人非常寡言——话不多却重复不休。Jerry Dennis

9.      Madam, don’t you have any unexpressed thoughts? 夫人,你就没有一点未曾表达的思想吗?George S. Kaufman, 1889-1961, American playwright and critic

10.   I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs. 我不想要唯唯诺诺的人在我身边。我想让每个人都对我讲实情,讲实情就丢工作也不怕Samuel Goldwyn, 1882-1974, Hollywood film producer

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