三分钟英语寓言故事

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  读一些三分钟英语寓言故事,能够提高英语水平。下面是小编为大家整理的三分钟英语寓言故事,希望对大家有帮助。

  自知之明

  In ancient times a man named Zou Ji, chi tall and impressive looking, had served as the prime minister of the State of Qi.

  One morning, he tidied his clothes and hat, looked into the mirror, and asked his wife: "Look, who is more handsome, Xu Gong living in the north of the city or I?"

  His wife replied: "You are far more handsome. Xu Gong is no match for you!"

  Xu Gong of the north of the city was a well-known handsome man in the State of Qi. Zou Ji really didn't believe he was more handsome than Xu Gong. So he asked his concubine: "Look, who is more handsome, Xu Gong or I?"

  His concubine also said: "Xu Gong is no match for you!"

  The next day, a guest came to discuss some matter with him. Zou Ji asked his guest the same question: "Who is more handsome, Xu Gong or I?"

  The guest answered positively: "Xu Gong is not as handsome as you."

  Another day passed and Zou Ji met Xu Gong in person. He stared closely at the other for some time and carefully compared him with himself. He really couldn't see that he was more handsome than Xu Gong. Later, he again looked into the mirror. The more he looked at himself, the more he felt he was not as handsome as Xu Gong.

  Zou Ji was rather restless in his mind. At night, lying on the bed, he pondered: He was not as handsome as Xu Gong, but why did these three persons say he was more handsome?In the end, he came to understand the reason: "My wife says I am handsome because she shows favouritism to me. My concubine says I am handsome because she is afraid of me. My guest says I am handsome because he wants to curry2 my favour."

  古代齐国有个人名叫邹忌,身高八尺,相貌堂堂,曾经做过齐国的相国。

  一天早晨,他整整衣服帽子,照照镜子,问妻子:“你看,我跟住在城北的徐公比,谁长得漂亮?”

  妻子回答说:“你漂亮多了。徐公哪里比得上你呢!”

  城北的徐公,是齐国有名的美男子,邹忌真的不相信自己比徐公长得漂亮。于是,又问他的妾说:“你看,我同徐公比,哪个漂亮些?”

  妾也说:“徐公怎么比得上你漂亮呢?”

  第二天,有个客人来找他,跟他商谈一件事情,邹忌又问客人说:“我与徐公谁长得美呢?”

  客人肯定地回答说:“徐公不如你美。”

  又过了一天,邹忌见到了徐公。他紧紧地盯着他看了一阵,又把自己和他仔细地比较了一番,实在看不出自己比徐公漂亮。后来,再去照照镜子,越看越觉得自己不及徐公。

  邹忌心里很不平静。晚上,他躺在床上,想来想去,自己本来不及徐公,为什么这三个人都说自己美呢?最后,他终于明白了:“妻子说我漂亮,是因为偏爱我;妾说我漂亮,是因为怕我;客人说我漂亮,是因为有意讨好我。”

  Little boy with a bad temper

  There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.

  He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.

  When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal(言语的) wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

  物以类聚

  Once, Chun Yukun recommended seven able and virtuous scholars to King Xuan of the State of Qi. King Xuan was surprised and said: "I heard that talented people are hard to find. If one able and virtuous scholar can be found within a circumference2 of 1, 000 li, it cannot be regarded as few. If 100 years witnesses the advent of a saint, it cannot be regarded as few. Now you recommend seven able and virtuous scholars all at once, then there are too many able and virtuous scholars."

  Chun Yukun said: "Birds of the same feather always flock together. Wild beasts of the same kind always walk together. For example, if we wish to find medicinal herbs like the root of Chinese thorowax and the root of balloonflower on the marsh4, we will never find even one in our whole life. But if we go to the north side of the Zeshu Mountain and the Liangfu Mountain, we will need carts to carry them back. In the world, things of the same kind always gather together, and it is the same with people. If you want me to select able and virtuous scholars, it will be like getting water from the river, or getting fire from a flint. What is so strange about that? I am going to recommend another big batch of able and virtuous scholars to you, far more than these seven."

  一次,厚于凳给齐宣王推荐了七名贤士。齐宣王觉得奇怪,说:“我听说,人才是很难得的。在一千里方圆以内,能选到一名贤士,就不算少了;一百年以内,能发现一个圣人,也不算少了。你一次就推荐了七名贤士,贤士也太多了。”

  淳于凳说:“同类的鸟总是聚集在一起,同类的野兽也总是一道行走。比如说,我们要寻找柴胡和桔梗这类药草,到沼泽地去找,就是找一辈子也找不到一株;但是如果到泽黍山、梁父山的北面去找,那就要用大车去拉了。天下的事物都是同类相聚的,人也是这样。你要我淳于凳挑选贤士,就好比到河里去打水,用火石去打火一样,有什么好奇怪的呢?我正准备再给你推荐一大批贤士,何止这七个呢!”

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