2018年英语四级美文:Companionship of Books

来源:233网校 2018年7月4日

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  Companionship of Books

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  A man may usually be known by the books he reads

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  as well as by the company he keeps;

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  for there is a companionship of books as well as of men;

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  and one should always live in the best company,

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  whether it be of books or of men.

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  A good book may be among the best of friends.

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  It is the same today that it always was,

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  and it will never change.

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  It is the most patient and cheerful of companions.

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  It does not turn its back upon us in times of adversity or distress.

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  It always receives us with the same kindness,

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  amusing and instructing us in youth,

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  and comforting and consoling us in age.

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  Books possess an essence of immortality.

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  They are by far the most lasting products of human effort.

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  Temples and statues decay, but books survive.

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  Time is of no account with great thoughts,

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  which are as fresh today

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  as when they first passed through their author’s minds, ages ago.

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  What was them said and thought still speaks to us

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  as vividly as ever from the printed page.

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  The only effect of time has been to sift out the bad products;

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  for nothing in literature can long survive but what is really good.

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  Books introduce us into the best society;

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  they bring us into the presence of the greatest minds that have ever lived.

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  We hear what they said and did;

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  we see them as if they were really alive;

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  we sympathize with them, enjoy with them, grieve with them;

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  their experience becomes ours,

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  and we feel as if we were in measure actors with them

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  in the scenes which they describe.

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  The book is a living voice.

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  It is an intellect to which one still listens.

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  Hence we ever remain under the influence of the great men of old.

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  The greatest intellects of the world

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  are as much alive now as they were ages ago.


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