There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. -- Ernest Hemingway

星期六, 8月 23, 2008

[七月名言選] 相信你可以改變



The size of our forces was no match for the much larger Soviet Army. And yet retreat would have allowed Communism to march across Europe. Where the last war had ended, another World War could have easily begun. All that stood in the way was Berlin.


And that's when the airlift began - when the largest and most unlikely rescue in history brought food and hope to the people of this city.


The odds were stacked against success. In the winter, a heavy fog filled the sky above, and many planes were forced to turn back without dropping off the needed supplies. The streets where we stand were filled with hungry families who had no comfort from the cold.


But in the darkest hours, the people of Berlin kept the flame of hope burning. The people of Berlin refused to give up. And on one fall day, hundreds of thousands of Berliners came here, to the Tiergarten, and heard the city's mayor implore the world not to give up on freedom. "There is only one possibility," he said. "For us to stand together united until this battle is won...The people of Berlin have spoken. We have done our duty, and we will keep on doing our duty. People of the world: now do your duty...People of the world, look at Berlin!"


Look at Berlin, where Germans and Americans learned to work together and trust each other less than three years after facing each other on the field of battle.


Look at Berlin, where the bullet holes in the buildings and the somber stones and pillars near the Brandenburg Gate insist that we never forget our common humanity.


People of the world - look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.

世界的人們啊,請看柏林! 高牆倒下,大陸合而為一,而歷史也會證明這世上沒有一樣挑戰是如斯的艱鉅以致於世上的人們不能合眾為一。

* 註解:

一、「相信你可以改變」是歐巴馬的競選口號的縮寫: 「I'm asking you to believe, not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washinton... I'm asking you to believe in yours,.」