Youth (by Samuel Ullman)

Youth是我的permanent motto, 也會是這個blog的permanent theme.

重新帖一遍這篇短文,目的在于讓我自己驚訝一下過往的歲月里,我走過了多少與Youth傳遞的精神所格格不入的路,內心多少次經歷了snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism。同時也謝謝每一個關心這個blog的人,謝謝每一位和我討論這篇短文的熟人和陌生人。

by Samuel Ullman

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.









14 thoughts on “Youth (by Samuel Ullman)

  1. 節譯者:黃志堅

  2. 你好,我從 Wikipedia 上找到了這裡。



  3. I doubt I would have had the same understanding of “Youth” fifty-five years ago when I was sixteen, but it would have spoken to me even then.

  4. My husband Katsuyuki Morihara left this world at seven five y.o., but his youth, I believe was influenced by the words of Youth, which poem in Japanese I have found among his belongings.

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