VOA慢速英语(翻译+字幕+讲解):爱因斯坦"幸福论"便笺卖130万美元
日期:2017-10-26 17:09

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Einstein’s Note on Happiness Sells for $1.3 Million
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In 1922, German-born scientist Albert Einstein was traveling to Tokyo when he found out he had earned the Nobel Prize in Physics.
While in Japan, Einstein stayed at Tokyo's Imperial Hotel. During his stay, a hotel worker came to Einstein's room to make a delivery. Einstein found himself without any money to give the man as a tip for his services.
So, instead of money, the famous scientist handed the hotel worker a signed note with a sentence he wrote in German. It read: "A calm and humble life will bring more happiness than the pursuit of success and the constant restlessness that comes with it."
He gave him another note that read: "Where there's a will, there's a way."
Both notes were written on the Imperial Hotel's notepaper.
Einstein reportedly advised the man to keep the notes, saying they may one day be worth more than any tip he could give him.
The hotel worker must have listened to Einstein's advice.
Ninety-five years later, the hotel worker's nephew contacted Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions, an auction company in Israel.
On Tuesday, the notes were put on auction in Jerusalem. The price for the happiness note started at $2,000. About 25 minutes later, it sold to the highest bidder.
That person, who was not named, agreed to pay $1.3 million dollars.
The second signed Einstein note sold for over $200,000.
Einstein may be best known for his theory of relativity. In fact, the winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Physics earned the award for measuring gravitational waves -- an important part of Einstein's theory.
But now, his one-sentence theory of happiness is famous, as well.
And that's What's Trending Today...
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重点解析

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1.found out 发现

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He had an affair, I found out and then all hell broke loose.
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2.as well

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He should pay and maintain you as well.
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3.travel to 前往

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He was too sick to travel to his son's side.
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4.instead of 代替

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They wore ordinary ties instead of the more formal high collar and cravat.
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5.He gave him another note that read: "Where there's a will, there's a way."

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where there's a will, there's a way 有志者事竟成

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As the old saying goes, where there's a will, there's a way.
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I know you don't think that I can be a famous singer, but where there's a will there's a way.
我知道你觉得我不能成为一名著名歌手,但有志者事竟成%G0x.7fP(IV3

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6.During his stay, a hotel worker came to Einstein's room to make a delivery.

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make a delivery 送货;送信

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We will make a delivery in24 hours and send you the tracking number in via email.
我们会在24小时内发货,并且会通过邮件形式,发给你跟踪单号^)Gkyl~x*HSDJ%)=uI&
You make a delivery hereyesterday morning?
昨天早上你是不是来这里送货?

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爱因斯坦“幸福论”便笺拍卖130万美元
这里是《今日热点》节目+m5_co*.wDvx0poJ
1922年,刚获得诺贝尔物理学奖的德国科学家爱因斯坦前往日本东京wV@LFZX=vYqhCX!*Q
他居住在东京的皇家酒店6y8ghHZu^M2!q.tJg~H。期间,酒店一位员工上门给他送信~a.f#6p4wA=&OT。爱因斯坦发现身上没有现金,无法支付小费jaxtQABRi|ow&zl
因此,爱因斯坦用德文手写了一句赠言附上签名送给了对方.8]H&[X|jmK;-。赠言的内容是:“宁静谦逊的生活比纷纷扰扰地追逐成功更让人快乐**]0aiW)6v。”
另一张纸上还写道:“有志者,事竟成Rn@_L6,5;V_bs。”
这两张便笺用的是皇家酒店的信纸]h,TF1-3gKr

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爱因斯坦“幸福论”便笺拍卖130万美元.JPEG
据称,当时爱因斯坦建议送信员工保留好便笺,“有朝一日,这些便笺会比小费更有价值n45-=exj)9,vqVB。”
送信员工听从了爱因斯坦的嘱托7Gio8k__w#wD3.X(
95年后,该员工的侄子联系了以色列的一家拍卖行Winner's Auctions and Exhibitions,dWMm;b;MmGLwuz
周二,便笺在耶路撒冷拍卖l)K66e7E|V。“幸福论”便笺的拍卖从2000美元起价tu1v[@Tj9G)ODFx,。约25分钟后,该便笺以最高价格成交4rI~N[n)ZZOW5w.
这位匿名买家最终以130万美元的价格拍下nU@zOuD@hC=^*JwH]
第二张便笺以20万美元的价格落锤2rRf28^qQ;JprjV5Bj
爱因斯坦主要以相对论闻名于世lLE8&5yIhKwT~M^x。事实上,今年诺贝尔物理学奖得主所探测的引力波也是爱因斯坦理论的一个重要组成部分E^hw+h*MGE4dAtLT&Nk)
现在,他的一句“幸福”箴言也为众人所熟知ZycAHBtPq&NKWhk
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重点单词
  • humbleadj. 卑下的,谦逊的,粗陋的 vt. 使 ... 卑
  • collarn. 衣领,项圈,[机]轴环 vt. 抓住,为 ...
  • restlessnessn. 坐立不安;不安定
  • cravatn. 领带,围巾,三角绷带
  • deliveryn. 递送,交付,分娩
  • constantadj. 经常的,不变的 n. 常数,恒量
  • minutesn. 会议记录,(复数)分钟
  • imperialadj. 帝国(王)的,至尊的,特大的 n. 皇帝,女皇
  • gravitationaladj. 重力的,引力作用的