To Look Life in the Face


Dear Leonard, to look life in the face. Always to look life in the face. And to know it for what it is. At last, to know it, to love it for what it is. And then to put it away.

Leonard, always the years between us. Always the years. Always, the love. Always, the hours.


译文一:親愛的 Leonard,直視生活本身吧,一定要記得直直地注視著生活的臉龐,直到了解它到底是什麼為止。至少去了解它,以它原始面目去愛它。然後放下。



译文二:亲爱的 Leonard,要直面人生,永远直面人生,了解它的真谛,永远的了解,爱它的本质,然后,放弃它。



村上春樹在預言鳥篇裡面碰巧也有講到 look life in the face。



I remember one morning, getting up at dawn, there was such sense of possibility, you know that feeling? And I remember thinking myself, “So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there would be more.” It never occured to me that it wasn’t the beginning. It was the happiness. It was the moment. Right then.





About Jeremy Shih

Shanghai, Republic of China
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