關于塞繆爾·厄爾曼和《青春》(Samuel Ullman and “Youth”):開篇

雖然塞繆爾·厄爾曼(Samuel Ullman)已經離世85年了,他的短詩《Youth》(Samuel Ullman) 在中文世界依然擁有廣大的粉絲群。究其原因,乃是麥克阿瑟將軍的大力推崇,引發日本商業界的不衰的熱情,并隨著80年代中日交流深入進入中國。本blog以該詩第一句"Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind" (青春不是年華,而是心境)為題,在被GFW封鎖之前,一度每天有上百個來自Baidu和Google的關于這首詩的搜索。

可惜關于這首詩以及其作者的研究,在中文世界中尚屬空白。很多簡單的問題都沒有答案。例如,目前公認Youth的最優美的譯本是誰的作品?似乎沒有任何考據。我通過簡單的Google research, 認為由作山宗久的日語譯文翻譯而來。

我無意于做瑣碎的考證,乃是看到了一些有趣的材料,比如’Samuel Ullman and "Youth"’一書,不敢獨享,遂斷斷續續寫出來。

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2 thoughts on “關于塞繆爾·厄爾曼和《青春》(Samuel Ullman and “Youth”):開篇

  1. 節譯者:黃志堅
    青春,並非年輕歲月,而是一種心態;青春的特徵,並非粉頰、朱唇、柔肢,而是毅力、激情、創意;青春是生命湧泉的清澈、激揚。
    青春,是指超越怯懦、勇氣貫長虹,不圖安逸、敢闖敢試。毅力若此,花甲多勝弱冠。年歲遞增,非必老化;背棄理想,方陷殘年。
    歲月留痕,只及肌膚;但激情不再,枯皺始達心靈。憂愁、惶恐、自卑,终致身心佝僂、精神萎靡。
    無論年少或年長,當懷好奇的誘導,像孩子般總渴求着:接下來的進展及馳騁人生的歡樂。
    人人皆有心靈的感官,只要感受源源來自人間與穹蒼的啟發,感應有關美好、希望、激情、勇毅和能力的信息,你就會朝氣勃勃、青春無限。

    《YOUTH》by Samuel Ullman (Excerpt) Source: http://www.uab.edu/ullmanmuseum/
    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.

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