How wonderful are islands! Islands in space, like this one I have come to, ringed about by miles of water, linked by on bridges, no cables, no telephones.
An lsland from the world and the world's life. Islands is time, like this short vacation of mine.
我来的小岛就是 这样一个地方，它远离尘世，不见喧嚣。小岛是时间的孤岛，就 像我的这次短期假期。
The past and the future are cut off: only the present remains.
One lives like a child or a saint in the immediacy of here and now.
Every day, every act, is an island, washed by time and space, and has an island's completion.
People, too, become like islands in such an atmosphere, self-contained, whole and serene; respecting other people's solitude, not intruding on their shores, standing back in revernce before the miracle of another individual.
"No man is an island," said John Donne. I feel we are all islands--in a common sea.
“没有人 会是小岛。”约翰?多恩说过。我却认为每个人都是公共海域的 小岛。
We are all, in the last analysis, alone.
And this basic state of solitude is not something we have any choice about.
It is , as the poet Rilke says, "not something that one can take or leave".
We are solitary. We may delude ourselves and act as though this were not so, yes, even to begin by assuming it."Naturally," he goes on to say,"we will turn giddy."
We seem so frightened today of being alone that we never let it happen. Even if family, friends, and movies should fail, there is still the radio or television to fill up the void.
今天的人们都非常害怕孤独，所以极力避免它。当与家人 和朋友相处或是看电影都无法消除孤独的时候，我们就用听广播 和看电视来填补空白。
Women, who used to complain of loneliness, need never be alone any more.
We can do our housework with soap-opera heroes at our side. Even day-dreaming was more creative than this; it demanded something of oneself and it fed the inner life.
Now instead of planting our solitude with our dream bolssoms, we choke the space with continuous music, chatter and companionship to which we do not even listen.
It is simply there to fill the vacuum. When the noise stops there is no inner music to take its place. We must relearn to be alone.
这其实仅仅是 个填补空缺的问题，一旦暄闹消失，便不再有内心的音乐来填 补空缺。我们要重新学会孤独。