奥普拉哈佛大学演讲(MP3+中英字幕) 第8期
日期:2015-08-09 15:32



What we want, the common denominator that I found in every single interview, is we want to be validated. We want to be understood.


I have done over 35,000 interviews in my career and as soon as that camera shuts off everyone always turns to me and inevitably in their own way asks this question "Was that okay?"


I heard it from President Bush, I heard it from President Obama.


I've heard it from heroes and from housewives.


I've heard it from victims and perpetrators of crimes.


I even heard it from Beyonce and all of her Beyonceness.


She finishes performing, hands me the microphone and says "Was that okay?"


Friends and family, yours, enemies, strangers in every argument in every encounter, every exchange I will tell you they all want to know one thing: was that okay?


Did you hear me? Do you see me? Did what I say mean anything to you?


And even though this is a college where Facebook was born my hope is that you would try to go out and have more face-to-face conversations with people you may disagree with.


That you'll have the courage to look them in the eye and hear their point of view and help make sure that the speed and distance and anonymity of our world doesn't cause us to lose our ability to stand in somebody else's shoes and recognize all that we share as a people.


This is imperative for you as an individual and for our success as a nation.


"There has to be some way that this darkness can be banished with light," says the man whose little boy was massacred on just an ordinary Friday in December.


So whether you call it soul or spirit or higher self, intelligence, there is I know this, there is a light inside each of you all of us that illuminates your very human beingness if you let it.


And as a young girl from rural Mississippi I learned long ago that being myself was much easier than pretending to be Barbara Walters.


Although when I first started because I had Barbara in my head I would try to sit like Barbara, talk like Barbara, move like Barbara and then one night I was on the news reading the news and I called Canada Can-a-da, and that was the end of me being Barbara. I cracked myself up on TV.


Couldn't stop laughing and my real personality came through and I figured out, oh gee, I can be a much better Oprah than I could be a pretend Barbara.


I know that you all might have a little anxiety now and hesitation about leaving the comfort of college and putting those Harvard credentials to the test.



奥普拉·温弗瑞(Oprah Winfrey),1954年1月29日出生于密西西比州科修斯科,美国演员,制片,主持人。是当今世界上最具影响力的妇女之一,她的成就是多方面的:通过控股哈普娱乐集团的股份,掌握了超过10亿美元的个人财富;主持的电视谈话节目“奥普拉脱口秀”,平均每周吸引3300万名观众,并连续16年排在同类节目的首位;2009年11月20日,据国外媒体报道,在播出了23年之后,脱口秀女王奥普拉·温弗瑞的节目《奥普拉脱口秀》于2011年9月9日结束。



1.stop doing 停止做

例句:People must stop doing this.We must save the Earth.

人们必须停止做这。 我们必须保留地球。

2.as soon as 一..就

例句:We chose the house for our home as soon as we saw it.


3.face-to-face conversation 面对面的谈话

例句:They've had a lot of online chatting, but they never had a face-to-face conversation.


4.hear from 听到

例句:Needless to say, that’s not what you hear from European policy makers.


  • anonymityn. 匿名,笔者不明
  • microphonen. 麦克风,扩音器
  • recognizevt. 认出,认可,承认,意识到,表示感激
  • intelligencen. 理解力,智力 n. 情报,情报工作,情报机关
  • encountern. 意外的相见,遭遇 v. 遇到,偶然碰到,遭遇
  • anxietyn. 焦虑,担心,渴望
  • needlessadj. 不需要的,无用的
  • comfortn. 舒适,安逸,安慰,慰藉 vt. 安慰,使舒适
  • exchangen. 交换,兑换,交易所 v. 交换,兑换,交易
  • inevitablyadv. 不可避免地