Lewis Carroll

 


Reprinted from Lewis Carroll, “What the Tortoise Said to Achilles,” Mind 4, No. 14 (April 1895): 278-280.


Achilles had overtaken the Tortoise, and had seated himself comfortably on its back.

“So you’ve got to the end of our race-course?” said the Tortoise. “Even though it does consist of an infinite series of distances? I thought some wiseacre or other had proved that the thing couldn’t be done?”

“It can be done,” said Achilles. “It has been done! Solvitur ambulando. You see the distances were constantly diminishing; and so –“

“But if they had been constantly increasing?” the Tortoise interrupted “How then?”

“Then I shouldn’t be here,” Achilles modestly replied; “and you would have got several times round the world, by this time!”

“You flatter me — flatten, I mean” said the Tortoise; “for you are a heavy weight, and no mistake! Well now, would you like to hear of a race-course, that most people fancy they can get to the end of in two or three steps, while it really consists of an infinite number of distances, each one longer than the previous one?”继续阅读

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’sSun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.继续阅读

1-3本,第一本比较平平,印象比较深的是开场的文化大革命,第二本和第三本,的确不错,宇宙社会学,4.7分

两年前,在白天和黑夜的梦中他都听到过这声音, 很飘渺,像蓝天上飘过的一缕洁白的轻纱,这阴郁的黄
昏中仿佛出现了一道转瞬即逝的阳光。

他需要这种疼痛提醒自己不在梦中,他感觉自己点燃 了一个太阳,照亮了已变为现实的梦中的世界。外面那 个太阳就永远隐藏在阴雨和夜色中吧,这个世界只要有 火光和她就够了。继续阅读

不错的武侠小说,4.4分,可惜没有结尾。

姬野忽地站住了,“羽然……为什么有的人会喜欢一个人,可是别的人却都不喜欢他呢?”

羽然想了想,“我不知道啊,不过爷爷说过,人的心里都是很小的,容不下好多东西,你只能喜欢那么几个人,最喜欢的也许只有一个人,那么你的心思都花在他身上啦,就没法喜欢别的人啦。继续阅读

村上春树的短篇小说集,每一个故事都不同的寓意。总体还不错,4.4分吧

越是倾听别人的讲述,越是通过其讲述来窥看每个人的生态,我们越是为某种无奈所俘获。沉渣即是这无奈之感,其本质便是我们哪里也到达不了。我们固然拥有可以将我们自身嵌入其中的我们的人生这一运行系统,但这一系统同时也规定了我们自身。这同旋转木马极其相似,无非以同一速度在同一地方兜圈子而已。哪里也到达不了,既下不来又换不成。谁也超不过谁,谁也不被谁超过。然而我们又在这旋转木马上针对假设的敌手进行着你死我活的鏖战。
诚然,人生的某一部分或许受制于命运,或许命运会如斑斑驳驳的阴影染暗我们的人生地表。可是纵使如此,如果其中仍有意志存在——仍有足以跑二十公里和游三十公里的顽强意志存在的话,我想大多数的风波都可以用临时爬梯来解决。继续阅读