Sunday, May 1, 2011

铭录节选/陈凯翻译“宪法、自由与美德” Great Quotes/Freedom and Virtue

Don't be afraid to show your true colors/Song 不要恐惧你真实的色彩/歌


铭录节选/陈凯翻译“宪法、自由与美德” Great Quotes/Freedom and Virtue

"Free Beings" vs. "Chinese" Series

陈凯翻译 Translation by Kai Chen (2/11/2010, Reprint 5/1/2011)

From Benjamin Franklin:

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." --- Benjamin Franklin

只有具有美德的人们才有能力自由。 当世界上的国度都逐渐走向腐败与邪恶的时候,人们就会自然地向往主子/救星。 --- 富兰克林

From John Adams

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." --- John Adams

我们(美国)的宪法只是写给那些具有道德宗教意识的人们的。 对其他那些没有这些素质的政体/人们,这个宪法本身并没有多大意义。 --- 约翰. 阿达姆斯

From Daniel Webster:

"It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." --- Danial Webster

说到底,(美国)宪法其实就是一部抗拒所谓由“人的良好愿望”产生的邪恶危险而保卫人的自由的原则法。 人类历史上一直有人声称他们要当好执政者,其实他们就是想要权力罢了。 人类历史上一直有人声称他们要当好主人,其实他们不过是想奴役人罢了。 --- 丹尼尔. 崴布斯特

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