Be Honest, Be Happy!

  诚实就是快乐!

    在人的一生中,我们会得到许多,也会失去许多,但诚信却是应该始终陪伴我们的。如果以虚伪、不诚实的方式为人处世,也许能获得暂时的“成功”,但从长远看,他最终是个失败者。

 

   On a Friday night, a poor young violinist was playing his violin at the entrance of the subway station. The music was so great that people slowed down to listen and put some money into his hat.

   The next day, the violinist came to the entrance again. He put down his hat as usual. Beside the hat was a piece of paper with some words on it. It said, “A George Sang has put an important thing into my hat by mistake. Welcome to claim(认领) it.”

   Soon the people were all attracted by the words and wondered what it could be. After a while a man rushed through the crowd, took the violinist’s shoulders and said, “I knew you would certainly come here.” The violinist asked, “Did you lose something?” “Lottery(彩票).” The violinist took out a lottery ticket with Sang’s name on it. Sang took it and danced happily.

   Sang was an office worker. He bought the lottery and won a prize of $500,000. But when he gave $50 to the violinist for his wonderful music, the lottery ticket was thrown in, too. The violinist was a college student. That morning, he was going to fly to Vienna for music education. However, when he found the ticket, he cancelled the flight and returned to the entrance.

   Later someone asked the violinist why he didn’t take the lottery ticket to pay the tuition fee(学费). He said, “Although I don’t have much money, I live happily. If I lose honesty(诚实), I won’t be happy forever.” I believe that honesty is the best policy. If I don’t live an honest life I will be a miserable person!

 

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   一个周五的晚上,一个穷困的年轻小提琴手正在地铁站的入口处拉着小提琴。他演奏得太好了,于是人们都慢慢停下来欣赏,把钱放到他的帽子里。

   第二天,这个小提琴手又来到了地铁入口处,他像往常一样放下帽子。帽子旁边放了一张纸,上面写着:“一个叫乔治·桑的人误把一件很重要的东西放到我帽子里了,欢迎前来认领。”

   很快,人们被纸上的字吸引了过来,都想知道那到底是什么东西。过了一会儿,一个男人挤出人群,扶着小提琴手的肩膀说:“我就知道你一定会再来的。”小提琴手问:“你不见了什么吗?”“彩票。”小提琴手把上面写着桑的名字的彩票拿了出来。桑取回了彩票,兴奋地跳起舞来。

   桑是一名办公室职员。他买了彩票并赢得了五十万美元的奖金。当他因为欣赏小提琴手出色的表演而施舍了50美元时,不小心把彩票也投了进去。小提琴手是一名大学生。那天早上他正要坐飞机去维也纳进行音乐进修。但当他发现了彩票时,他马上取消了航班,回到了入口处。

   后来有人问这位小提琴手为什么没有用彩票的奖金去交学费。他回答说:“虽然我没什么钱,但我过得很快乐。如果我失去了诚实,那我一辈子都不会开心的。”我相信,诚实是上策。如果我不是诚实地活着,那么我将会很痛苦!