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August 27, 2009

The most exciting speeches in the world:

1.Patrick Henry(帕特里克·亨利 1736-1799),美国独立战争时期的自由主义者、政治家,反对英国殖民统治,本句是他在1775.3.23在弗吉尼亚州第二届议会上所作的演讲的结尾。
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! 至于我,不自由,毋宁死!

2.Bertrand Russell(伯特兰·罗素 1872-1970),英国哲学家、数学家、逻辑学家、1950年诺贝尔文学奖获得者,在数学界提出过著名的“罗素悖论”。他是一个和平主义者,反对侵略战争,在美国制造出氢弹后,他成了核武器的积极反对者,本句出自他在这方面最具代表性的演说《Shall We Choose Death?》。
I appeal, as a human being to human beings: remember your humanity, and forget the rest. 作为人类中的一员,我要向全人类疾呼:记住你们的人性,忘记其他的一切。

3.Thomas Huxley (托马斯·赫胥黎 1825-1895),英国博物学家,他支持达尔文的进化学说,是第一个提出人类起源问题的学者。本段引自他在达尔文逝世一周年,即1883年在伦敦皇家学会的年会宴上发表的演说《Science and Art》。
If I understand the matter at all, science and art are the obverse and reverse of Nature's medal; the one expressing the eternal order of things, in terms of feeling, the other in terms of thought. When men no longer love nor hate; when suffering causes no pity, and the tale of great deeds ceases to thrill, when the lily of the field shall seem no longer more beautifully arrayed than Solomon in all his glory, and the awe has vanished from the snow-capped peak and deep ravine, then indeed science may have the world to itself, but it will not be because the monster has devoured art, but because one side of human nature is dead, and because men have lost the half of their ancient and present attributes.

待续 To be continued...

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