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公务员不务公——名句欣赏(十九)  

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1.      Just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there. 刚从波士顿返回。返回是你到那里之后唯一可做的事。Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American radio comedian, letter to Groucho Marx, 1953

2.      I used to think that the brain was the greatest organ in the human body. Then I realized, ‘Hey, look what’s telling me that!’ 我曾经认为大脑是人体最了不起的器官。接着,我意识到:“嘿,请注意告诉你这一点的是何器官!” Emo Phillips, American comedian

3.      My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have wrecked. 我与妻子曾试着一起吃早餐,可后来只好停止,若继续的话,我们的婚姻早触礁了。Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British stateman and orator (Attrib.)

4.      ERIC: I always take my wife moring tea in my pyjamas. But is she greateful? No—she says she’d rather have it in a cup. 我总是穿着/用睡衣为妻子送早茶。可她感激吗?不——她说她更愿用茶杯。Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, The Morecambe and Wise Joke Book, 1979

5.      In peacetime the British may have many faults; but so far an inferiority complex has not been one of them. 和平时期英国人的毛病可能有很多;但自卑情结至今都没算是一毛病。 Lord Gladwyn, 1900-96, British diplomat, Observer, 1967

6.      All decent people live beyond their incomes nowadays, and those who aren’t respectable live beyond other people’s. A few gifted individuals manage to do both. 所有正派人的生活现在都支出猛过自己的收入,而那些不正派之人支出猛过别人的收入。少数天才之人猛过两者。Saki (H. H. Munro), ‘The Matchmaker’, 1911

7.      Just about the time you think you can make both ends meet, somebody moves the ends. 就在你刚觉得不用担心青黄不接时,有人就移动了青黄两端。Pansy Penner, Reader’s Digest

8.      Some civil servants are neither servants nor civil. 有些文职公仆既非仆人也不文明。Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British statesman and orator

9.      If there’s anything a public servant hates to do, it’s something for the public. 如果有什么事公务员厌恶去做,那它必是一件公益之事。Kin Hubbard, 1868—1930, American cartoonist and humorist

10.   Corporation: an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. 有限公司:一种精巧的装置,用来获得个人利益而不必负个人责任。Ambrose Bierce, 1842-1914?, American writer and satirist

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