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Obama inaugural address translated

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

要记得先辈压倒法西斯主义和共产主义,不只用导弹和坦克,还凭坚定的团结和不挠的信念。他们明了,单凭一己力 量,我们不足以自保,更不能自把自为。反之,他们明白到,只有审慎运用,我们的力量才能壮大起来;我们的安稳,源自我们目标之正确、我们所作榜样的力量, 还有谦卑与克制的温和质量。-- 凤凰版

回想先辈们在抵抗法西斯主义之时,他们不仅依靠手中的导弹或坦克,他们还依靠稳固的联盟和坚定的信仰。他们深知单凭自己的力量我们无法保护自己,他们也深 知我们强大并不足以使我们有权利为所欲为。他们明白,正是因为使用谨慎,我们的实力才不断增强;正是因为我们的事业是公正的、我们为世界树立了榜样,因为 我们的谦卑和节制,我们才安全。 -- 中国日报版

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

因为我们知道,祖先的遗产是力量,而非软弱。我们是一个基督徒、伊斯兰教徒、犹太教徒、印度教徒和无信 仰者的国家。世界上每种语文和文化,塑造出我们。由于我们尝过内战和种族隔离的痛苦,我们能够更强和更团结地走出黑暗的一章。我们深切相信宿怨有一天会过 去;种族部落间的裂缝很快会消弭;当世界变得越来越小时,我们的人性会彰显;美国必须扮演引导世界走向新和平纪元的角色。

对于穆斯林世界,我们基于互利和互相尊重的原则上,寻找新的前路。对于世界上那些散布冲突、或将自己社 会的病态怪罪于西方的领袖:要知道你们的人民,会根据你的建设而非破坏去评核你。对于那些透过贪污、欺骗、打压异见者而稳住政权的人,要知道你们处于历史 错误的一面,但如果你们愿意放松拳头,我们愿意向你们伸出手。

对于贫穷国家的人民,我们承诺与你一起,令你的农田肥沃,令洁净的水川流不息;令饥饿的身体得到滋养, 并喂养饥饿的心灵。对于那些与我们一样,享受丰盛物资的国家,我们不能再对在国界外受苦的人漠不关心;我们也不能不理会效能地,耗用世界的资源。因为世界 改了,我们也必须改变-- 凤凰版

因为我们知道,我们的多元化遗产是一个优势,而非劣势。我们国家里有基督徒也有穆斯林,有犹太教徒也有印度教徒,同时也有非宗教信徒。我们民族的成长受到 许多语言和文化的影响,我们吸取了这个星球上任何一个角落的有益成分。正是因为我们民族曾亲尝过内战和种族隔离的苦酒,并且在经历了这些黑色的篇章之后变 得更加强大更加团结,因此我们不由自主,只能相信一切仇恨终有一天都会成为过去,种族的划分不久就会消失,而且随着世界变得越来越小,我们相信终有一天人 类共有的人性品德将会自动显现。在迎接新的和平时代到来的过程中,美国需要发挥自己的作用。-- 中国日报版


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