1.《A spider and three persons》 《一只蜘蛛和三个人》
After the rain，a difficult spider to the wall has been fragmented network，due to damp walls，it must climb the height， it will fall，which one to climb，repeatedly falling and…A person saw，and he sighed to himself："my life as this spider is not it? Busy but harvestless ." Thus，he increasingly depressed. The second person also saw， he said： this spider really stupid，why do not climb up with going around the next dry place? I'll be as stupid as it can not. Thus，he becomes wise up. The third person also saw，he immediately spiders keep the spirit of war touched. So he has become strong.Tip： The mentality of those who are successful can be found everywhere the power of success．
（翻译）雨后，一只蜘蛛艰难地向墙上已经支离破碎的网爬去，由于墙壁潮湿，它爬到一定的高度，就会掉下来，它一次次地向上爬，一次次地又掉下来…… 第一个人看到了，他叹了一口气，自言自语：“我的一生不正如这只蜘蛛吗?忙忙碌碌而无所得。”于是，他日渐消沉。 第二个人看到了，他说：这只蜘蛛真愚蠢，为什么不从旁边干燥的地方绕一下爬上去?我以后可不能像它那样愚蠢。于是，他变得聪明起来。 第三个人看到了，他立刻被蜘蛛屡败屡战的精神感动了。于是，他变得坚强起来。 秘诀：有成功心态者处处都能发觉成功的力量。
2.《The secret to success》 《成功的秘密》
A young man asked Socrates the secret to success Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river. When the water got up to their neck Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Socrates asked “What did you want the most when you were there?” The boy replied “Air.” Socrates said “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air then you will get it！”
（翻译）一个年轻人向苏格拉底询问成功的秘诀苏格拉底让年轻人第二天早晨到河边见他。 他们见面后，苏格拉底叫年轻人和他一起走向河里，当河水淹至他们的脖子时，苏格拉底出其不意地抓住年轻人并把其压入水中，那人想要挣出水面，而强壮有力的苏格拉底将他摁在水中直到他变得无力抗争，脸色发青。 苏格拉底将他的头拖出水面，这个年轻人所做的第一件事就是大口喘息后，深吸一口气。 苏格拉底问：“当你闷在水里的时候你最想要的是什么？”年轻人回答说：“空气。”苏格拉底说：“那就是成功的秘诀。当你像渴望空气一样渴望成功，你就能够获得它！”
3.《Very Pleased to Meet You》 《很高兴见到你》
During World War II a lot of young women in Britain were in the army. Joan Phillips was one of them. She worked in a big camp and of course met a lot of men officers and soldiers.
One evening she met Captain Humphreys at a dance. He said to her "I‘m going abroad tomorrow but I‘d be very happy if we could write to each other." Joan agreed and they wrote for several months.
Then his letters stopped but she received one from another officer telling her that he had been wounded and was in a certain army hospital in England. Joan went there and said to the matron "I‘ve come to visit Captain Humphreys."
"Only relatives are allowed to visit patients here" the matron said.
"Oh that‘s all right" answered Joan. "I‘m his sister."
"I‘m very pleased to meet you" the matron said "I‘m his mother!"
4.《Five Months Older》 《大五个月》
The Second World War had begun and John wanted to join the army but he was only 16 years old and boys were allowed to join only if they were over 18. So when the army doctor examined him he said that he was 18.
But John‘s brother had joined the army a few days before and the same doctor had examined him too. This doctor remembered the older boy‘s family name so when he saw John‘s papers he was surprised.
"How old are you?" he said.
"Eighteen sir" said John.
"But your brother was eighteen too" said the doctor. "Are you twins?"
"Oh no sir" said John and his face went red. "My brother is five months older than I am."
5.《The Policeman and the Thief 》《 警察与小偷 》
Oncea new policeman caught a thief in a small townand decided to bring him back to the police station in the city.On their way they came to a shop where bread was sold.“We have no foodand we must be hungry after a while.Let me go into the shop and buy some bread for us.Wait here for me.”The thief said. The policeman agreed with him and waited in the street for a long timebut thief didn’t come out of the shop.The policeman began to be worriedand ran into the shophe couldn’t see the thief but the back door of the shop. The policeman had to go back to the police station aloneand he was very unhappy. Luckilythe policeman caught the thief at the same place the next day.When.they walked though the same street and the same shop“Wait here”said the policeman“Last time you ran away from the shop.This timeI’ll go into the shop and buy the breadand you must wait here for me.”
6.《The rabbit and the snake》《兔子与蛇》
A blind rabbit and a blind snake meet each other. Neither one remembers what kind of animal they are so they decide to feel each other. The rabbit says "You feel me first." The snake says okay and he starts feeling the rabbit. He says "Well you have fur all over and a little cotton tail and two long ears and big back feet..." The rabbit says "I know! I'm a rabbit! Yippee!" Then the rabbit feels the snake.
He says "Okay you're long and thin and slimy all over and there's a little forked tongue..." The snake says "Oh no! I'm a lawyer."
一只瞎眼的兔子和一只瞎眼的蛇相遇了。它们俩都知道自己是什么动物，但不知道对方是什么，于是它们都决定试试对方 兔子说：“你先摸摸我。”蛇同意了，它摸了一下兔子。 蛇说：“额，你全身都有皮毛，有一个小棉球似的尾巴，耳朵很长，后腿很粗壮…” 兔子说，“我知道！我是只兔子！耶！”然后兔子摸了一下蛇。 兔子说，“好吧，你长长的细细的，全身都滑溜溜的，还有一根分叉的舌头…”
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