2012年6月22日 星期五

50部小說裡的吉光片羽


在www.shortlist.com的網站上看到一篇滿有趣的文章,標題是:「在小說中學到的50個人生智慧」(50 Pieces of Wisdom From Novels)。說是「文章」,其實沒幾個字,該文選出了50本書,每本摘出一句書裡的智慧箴言。

文中並未提及選書的標準為何,不過瀏覽一下書名和作者,發現幾乎都是經典名作或知名作家。書蟲們可以在網頁上點選自己讀過或聽過的書,看看本文作者所摘錄的字句是否也讓你深有共鳴。

以下摘錄一些自己覺得有意思的句子。希望有一天也能陸續閱讀這些名作。

村上春樹,《關於跑步,我說的其實是……》:
"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."(痛是難免的,苦是甘願的。)


法蘭岑,《自由》:
"You may be poor, but the one thing nobody can take away from you is the freedom to fuck up your life whatever way you want to."

瑪格麗特‧愛特伍,《盲眼刺客》:
"The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn't one."

卡謬,《墮落》:
"You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question."

阿莎嘉‧克莉絲蒂,《牧師公館謀殺案》(Murder at the vicarage)
"The young people think the old people are fools -- but the old people know the young people are fools."

艾茵‧蘭德,《阿特拉斯聳聳肩》
"Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them."


Bret Easton Ellis,《愛情磁場》(The Rules of Attraction):
"No one will ever know anyone. We just have to deal with each other."

狄更斯,《孤星血淚》(Great Expectations):
"We need never be ashamed of our tears."

普拉絲,《瓶中美人》:
"If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed."

托爾斯泰,《戰爭與和平》:
"We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom."

赫胥黎,《美麗新世界》:
"Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth."

克萊頓,《失落的世界》:
"All your life people will tell you things. And most of the time, probably ninety-five percent of the time, what they'll tell you will be wrong."

沙林傑,《麥田捕手》:
"All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to."

卡波堤,《第凡內早餐》:
"Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself."

哈波‧李,《梅岡城故事》:
"People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."


凱魯亞克,《在路上》:
“The best teacher is experience and not through someone's distorted point of view”

歐威爾,《1984》:
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

保羅‧科爾賀,《我坐在琵卓河畔,哭泣》:
“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.”

馮內果,《夜母》(Mother Night):
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."

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