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双语阅读:爱因斯坦的一张幸福论纸条,拍卖至天价

作者:小牛英语 | 来源:小牛英语 | 2017年10月27日 15:43

Albert Einstein's 'humble' advice on happiness sells for £1.18 million
爱因斯坦“幸福论”便条 以超百万美元价格成交
 
'A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it.' Scribbled briefly on a piece of paper, this advice from Albert Einstein has just sold at auction for £1.18 million.
据悉,一张由爱因斯坦亲手写着:“平静质朴的人生能比动荡不安地追求成功带来更多的幸福” 的便条近日拍出了118万欧元的高价。
 
The renowned physicist had no money to tip a bellboy, so wrote him the note instead saying that it would be worth more than a tip one day if he kept hold of it.
爱因斯坦当时收到了邮递员送来的信件,或许是因为没有零钱,他为前来送信的邮递员送上这两张便条,并表示:“留着这些纸,它们的价值将远远超出普通小费。”

Albert Einstein's 'humble' advice on happiness sells for £1.18 million

Around 100 years later, his prediction was proved correct – as the note made the bellboy's nephew a millionaire when he contacted an auction house to put it up for sale.
大约100年之后,他的话应验了——这两张纸条的拍卖所得的钱,使得当年那个快递员的侄子成了百万富翁。
 
Einstein wrote his take on life while staying at a hotel in Tokyo in 1922, just after he had been told he was going to be given the Nobel prize in physics. Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions in Jerusalem organised the sale of the note, along with another which he wrote at the same time saying ‘Where there's a will there’s a way’ (this one seems less genius).
耶路撒冷的一家拍卖行组织了这场拍卖,爱因斯坦的另一张便条写的则是“有志者,事竟成”。(这句话看着就略显平庸了一些)
 
The happiness note was only expected to sell for between $5,000 (£3,809) and $8,000 (£6,094), but it clearly meant something special to someone.
写着“幸福论”的便条起价为2000美元,在拍卖前的预估成交价仅为5000至8000美元,然而,它的成交价却出乎我们的意料,显然,它对有些人来说有着特殊的意义。
 
Written at the height of his success, there's speculation Einstein might have been musing on his career so far.
爱因斯坦在成功的巅峰时写下这这两句话,人们推测这可能是一直以来影响爱因斯坦事业的箴言。
 
It shows he had daily concerns to think about too, just like the rest of us – although the rest of us didn't work out the Special Theory of Relativity. The identity of the European online buyer has not been revealed.
这两张便条显示爱因斯坦和我们一样,他也会思考日常琐事——只不过我们并没有写出相对论。目前这位欧洲在线买家的身份仍旧是个谜。
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