Lesson 8 How I designed an A-Bomb in my junior year at Princeton
1.I develop a terrible case of bloodshot eyes. Sleep comes rarely.
2.Seven days before the design is due, I’m still deadlocked.
3.But I can’t be sure until I know the exact nature of the explosives I will use.
4.”The question has been raised by the department whether your paper should be classified by the U.S. government.”
5.Here I have put on paper the plan for a device capable of killing thousands of people, and all I was worrying about was flunking out.
Lesson 9 Forty years on
1.The comparisons were, without exception, to my disadvantage.
2.To me it seemed sinister that Mother always passed on any small achievement of mine.
3.What a boomerang that proved!By return of post came the news that John had won a scholarship.
4.I did have, however, one horribly narrow escape.
5.In addition to my physical woes I had mental agonies; I prayed that something might occur to prevent this meeting.
6.So they played the game both ways, did they?
Lesson 10 On friendship
1.For a Frenchman, a German or an Englishman friendship is usually more special and carries a heavier burden of commitment.
2.Related to this is the sense each friend gives the other of being a special individual, on whatever grounds this recognition is based.
3.And between friends there is inevitably a kind of equality of give and take.
Lesson 11 Selling the post(I)
1.The flaw in my character which she had already spotted was lack of "gumption".
2.We were only sixty-five years from Lincoln. Many a grandfather who walked among us could remember Lincoln's time.
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3.Those young men would not go far in this world.
4.He presented it with reverence fit for a religious object.
Lesson 12 Selling the post (II)
1.Put me down as a regular customer.
2.I bowed to superior will and entered journalism with a heavy heart.
3.So far as I could make out, what writers did couldn't even be classified as work.
4.I did not dare tell anybody for fear of being laughed at in the school yard, but secretly I decided that what I’d like to be when i grew up was a writer.
Lesson 13 How to grow old
1.I never do anything whatever on the ground that it is good for health, though in actual fact the things I like doing are mostly wholesome.
2.Psychologically there are 2 dangers to be guarded against in old age. One of these is too great an absorption in the past. The other thing to be avoided is clinging to young in the hope of finding strength in its vitality.
3.Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life; the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
4.This has been my life. I have found it worth living,and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.
Lesson 14 The listener
1.And he sat there, gentle and reflective, his great workman hands resting on outspread thighs.
2.For some time he continued to sit in silence. Then he looked up, lifted those hands calmly, judiciously, and nodded his head.
Lesson 15 Edison: Inventor of invention
1.In my youth the lonely inventor who could not obtain a hearing was still the stock figure of the imagination.
2.In strict truth an invention is almost never the sole product of any one mind.
3.It may be that in time we shall become used to change as in our older wisdom we had become used to the unchanging.