We Can Succeed
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When Britain's great Prime1 Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, was young, he attended a public school called Harrow. He was not a good student, and as matter of fact, had he not been the son of a famous leader, he probably would have been thrown out of the school for his offences. However, he completed his work at Harrow, went on to the University, and then had a successful career in the British Army, touring both Africa and India. He later was elected prime minister and brought great courage to Britain though his speeches and other work during the dark days of World War II.
Toward2 the very end of his period as prime minister, he was invited to address the young boys at his old school, Harrow. In announcing the coming of their great leader, the headmaster said, "Young gentlemen, the greatest speaker of our time, our prime minister, will be here in a few days to address you, and you should obey whatever sound advice he may give you at that time."
The great day arrived, and the prime minister appeared at Harrow. After being introduced, Sir Winston stood up - all five feet, five inches and 107 kilos of him! He gave this short but moving speech: "Young men, never give up. Never give up! Never give up! Never, never, never, never! "
Personal history, education, situation - none of these can hold back a strong spirit. Think, for example, of Abraham Lincoln, who was elected president of the United4 States in 1860. He grew up on a small farm at what was then the edge5 of the settled6 part of the United States. He had only one year of regular education. In those early years, his family hardly had a penny7 and he only read about half a dozen books. In 1832 he lost his job and was defeated when he tried to get elected to the Illinois government. In 1833 he failed in business. In 1834 he was elected to the state government, but in 1835 the woman he loved died. In 1838 he was defeated when he tried to become a leader in the Illinois government, and in 1843 he was defeated when he tried to enter the U.S. Congress8. In 1846 he was elected to Congress but in 1848 lost a second election9 and was forced out. In 1849 he was refused a job with the national government, and in 1854 he was defeated for the U.S. Senate10. In 1856 he was defeated in the election for vice3 president, and in 1858 he was again defeated for the Senate.
Many people consider Lincoln to be the greatest president of all time. Yet it should be remembered how many failures and defeats marked his early life.
Some of the world's greatest men and women have met huge problems and difficulties11 at some time in their lives, but have gone on to do great deeds.
Lock him in a damp prison, and you have a John Bunyan.
Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge12, and you have a George Washington13.
Make a musical genius unable to hear, and you have a Ludwig van Beethoven.
Have him born black in a society filled with bitter14 hate between races, and you have a Martin Luther King, Jr.
Have him born of parents who survived a Nazi15 death camp, destroy his ability to walk when he is four, and you have the concert violin player, Itzhak Perlman.
Call him slow to learn, and write him off as stupid, and you have an Albert Einstein.


1 prime lBVyB     
  • The prime minister spoke of the general insecurity in the country.总理谈到了全国普遍存在的不安全。
  • He met with the Prime Minister of Japan for an hour.他和日本首相会见了一个小时。
2 toward on6we     
  • Suddenly I saw a tall figure approaching toward the policeman.突然间我看到一个高大的身影朝警察靠近。
  • Upon seeing her,I smiled and ran toward her. 看到她我笑了,并跑了过去。
3 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
4 united Yfmz2c     
  • The whole nation is closely united.全国人民紧密团结。
  • The two men were united by community of interests.共同的利益使两个人结合在一起。
5 edge xqoxx     
  • Sight along the edge to see if it's straight.顺着边目测,看看直不直。
  • She lived on the extreme edge of the forest.她住在森林的最边缘。
6 settled 4iszma     
  • The dispute was settled without acrimony. 没有唇枪舌剑,这场纠纷就解决了。
  • a settled way of life 安定的生活方式
7 penny 0MFxu     
  • I will not lent you a penny.我一便士都不愿借给你。
  • Sugar has risen a penny a pound.糖价每磅涨了1便士。
8 Congress eY1y1     
  • There were some days to wait before the Congress.大会的召开还有几天时间。
  • After 18 years in Congress,he intented to return to private life.在国会供职18年后,他打算告老还乡。
9 election ujezm     
  • There is no doubt but that he will win the election.毫无疑问,他将在竞选中获胜。
  • The government will probably fall at the coming election.在即将到来的大选中,该政府很可能要垮台。
10 senate Litzs6     
  • They feel deeply the honour of belonging to the Senate.他们为作为参议院的成员而深感荣幸。
  • His unsuccessful senate run was his last hurrah.这次失败的参议员竞选是他最后的尝试。
11 difficulties b11a578a3831f34c2044c055223e93c4     
n.困难( difficulty的名词复数 );难度;难事;麻烦
  • I am acutely aware of the difficulties we face. 我十分清楚我们面临的困难。
  • the difficulties of English syntax 英语句法的难点
12 forge bgDzU     
  • Everything new comes from the forge of hard and bitter struggle.一切新东西都是从艰苦斗争中锻炼出来的。
  • Difficulties help to forge people into able folk.困难有助于把人们锻炼成能干的人。
13 Washington OeAzjC     
  • His birthplace is Washington,but he lives in San Francisco.他出生于华盛顿,但住在旧金山。
  • They, together with my father,have gone to Washington.他们和我父亲一起去华盛顿了。
14 bitter wt0zc     
  • The bitter winter was coming.寒冬到了。
  • The two countries fell out in a bitter wrangle over imports.这两个国家在有关进口问题的激烈争吵中闹翻了。
15 Nazi BjXyF     
  • They declare the Nazi regime overthrown and sue for peace.他们宣布纳粹政权已被推翻,并出面求和。
  • Nazi closes those war criminals inside their concentration camp.纳粹把那些战犯关在他们的集中营里。
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