英语四级六级培训课程

狂妄的演讲

时间:2022-1-12 作者:恒星英语学习网

Graduates of Yale University, I apologize if you have endured this type of prologue before, but I want you to do something for me. Please, take a ood look around you. Look at the classmate on your left. Look at the classmate on your right. Now, consider this: five years from now, 10 years from now, even 30 years from now, odds are the person on your left is going to be a loser. The person on your right, meanwhile, will also be a loser. And you, in the middle? What can you expect? Loser. Loserhood. Loser Cum Laude.

"In fact, as I look out before me today, I don’t see a thousand hopes for a bright tomorrow. I don’t see a thousand future leaders in a thousand industries. I see a thousand losers.

"You’re upset. That’s understandable. After all, how can I, Lawrence ‘Larry’ Ellison, college dropout, have the audacity to spout such heresy to the graduating class of one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions? I’ll tell you why. Because I, Lawrence "Larry" Ellison, second richest man on the planet, am a college dropout, and you are not.

"Because Bill Gates, richest man on the planet — for now, anyway — is a college dropout, and you are not.

"Because Paul Allen, the third richest man on the planet, dropped out of college, and you did not.

"And for good measure, because Michael Dell, No. 9 on the list and moving up fast, is a college dropout, and you, yet again, are not.

"Hmm . . . you’re very upset. That’s understandable. So let me stroke your egos for a moment by pointing out, quite sincerely, that your diplomas were not attained in vain. Most of you, I imagine, have spent four to five years here, and in many ways what you’ve learned and endured will serve you well in the years ahead. You’ve established good work habits. You’ve established a network of people that will help you down the road. And you’ve established what will be lifelong relationships with the word ‘therapy.’ All that of is good. For in truth, you will need that network. You will need those strong work habits. You will need that therapy.

"You will need them because you didn’t drop out, and so you will never be among the richest people in the world. Oh sure, you may, perhaps, work your way up to No. 10 or No. 11, like Steve Ballmer. But then, I don’t have to tell you who he really works for, do I? And for the record, he dropped out of grad school. Bit of a late bloomer.

"Finally, I realize that many of you, and hopefully by now most of you, are wondering, ‘Is there anything I can do? Is there any hope for me at all?’ Actually, no. It’s too late. You’ve absorbed too much, think you know too much. You’re not 19 anymore. You have a built-in cap, and I’m not referring to the mortar boards on your heads.

"Hmm… you’re really very upset. That’s understandable. So perhaps this would be a good time to bring up the silver lining. Not for you, Class of ’00. You are a write-off, so I’ll let you slink off to your pathetic $200,000-a-year jobs, where your checks will be signed by former classmates who dropped out two years ago.

"Instead, I want to give hope to any underclassmen here today. I say to you, and I can’t stress this enough: leave. Pack your things and your ideas and don’t come back. Drop out. Start up.

"For I can tell you that a cap and gown will keep you down just as surely as these security guards dragging me off this stage are keeping me down . . ."

(At this point The Oracle CEO was ushered off stage.)

耶鲁的毕业生们,我非常抱歉——假如你们不喜欢如此的开场。我想请你们为我做一件事。请你—好好看一看周围,看一看站在你左侧的同学,看一看站在你右侧的同学。

请你设想这种情况:从目前起5年之后,10年之后,或30年之后,今天站在你左侧的这个人会是一个失败者;右侧的这个人,同样,也是个失败者。而你,站在中间的家伙,你以为会如何?一样是失败者。失败的经历。失败的优等生。

说实话,今天我站在这里,并没看到一千个毕业生的灿烂将来。我没看到一千个行业的一千名卓越领导者,我只看到了一千个失败者。你们感到沮丧,这是可以理解的。为何,我,埃里森,一个退学生,居然在美国最具声望的学府里如此厚颜地散布异端?我来对你说缘由。由于,我,埃里森,这个行星上第二富有些人,是个退学生,而你不是。由于比尔·盖茨,这个行星上最富有些人——就现在而言—是个退学生,而你不是。由于艾伦,这个行星上第三富有些人,也退了学,而你没。再来一点证据吧,由于戴尔,这个行星上第九富有些人——他的排位还在不断上升,也是个退学生。而你,不是。

……你们很沮丧,这是可以理解的。

你们以后需要这部分有用的工作习惯。你以后需要这种’治疗’。你需要它们,由于你没辍学,所以你从来不会成为世界上最富有些人。哦,当然,你可以,或许,以你的方法进步到第10位,第11位,就像Steve。但,我没对你说他在为哪个工作,是吧?

依据记载,他是研究生时辍的学,开化得稍晚了些。

目前,我猜想你们中间大多数人,或许是绝大部分人,正在琢磨,’我能干什么? 我到底有没前途?’当然没。太晚了,你们已经吸收了太多东西,以为自己了解太多。你们再更不是19岁了。你们有了’内置’的帽子,哦,我指的可不是你们脑袋上的学位帽。

嗯……你们已经很沮丧啦。这是可以理解的。所以,目前可能是讨论实质的时候啦——

绝不是为了你们,2000年毕业生。你们已经被报销,不予考虑了。我想,你们就偷偷摸摸去干那年薪20万的可怜工作吧,在那里,工资单是由你两年前辍学的同班同学签字开出来的。事实上,我是寄期望于眼下还没毕业的同学。我要对他们说,离开这里。整理好你的东西,携带你的点子,不要再回来。退学吧,开始行动。

我要对你说,一顶帽子一套学位服势必要叫你沦落……就像这部分保安立刻要把我从这个讲台上撵走一样势必……

(此时,Larry被带离了讲台)

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