Dear students of the Graduating Class, As you are leaving your alma mater, I have nothing to offer you as a gift except a word of advice.这一句话是:“不要抛弃学问。”以前的功课也许有一大部分是为这张文凭,不得己而做的,从今而后,你们可以依自己的心愿去自由研究了(2)。趁现在年富力强的时候,努力做一种学问。少年是一去不复返的,等到精力衰时,努力做学问(3)也来不及了。即为吃饭计,学问决不会辜负人的(4)。吃饭而不求学问,三年五年后,你们都江堰市要被后来少年淘汰掉的。到那时再想做点学问来补救,恐怕己太晚了。有人说:“出去做事之后,生活问题急需解决,哪有工夫去读书?即使要做学问,既没有图书馆,又没有实验室,哪能做学问?”
My advice is, "Never give up the pursuit of learning." You have perhaps finished your college courses mostly for obtaining the diploma, or, in other words, out of sheer
necessity. However, from now you are free to follow your own bent in the choice of studies. While you are in the prime of life, why not devote yourselves to a special field of study? Youth will soon be gone never to return. And it will be too late for you to go into scholarship when in your declining years. Knowledge will do you a good turn even as a means of subsistence. If you give up studies while holding a job, you will in a couple of years have had yourselves replaced by younger people. It will then be too late to remedy the situation by picking up studies again. Some people say, "Once you have a job, you'll come up against the urgent problem of making a living. How can you manage to find time to study? Even if you want to, will it be possible with no library or no laboratory available?"
Now let me tell you this. Those who refuse to study for lack of a library will mostprobably continue to do so even though there is a library. And those who refuse to do
research for lack of a laboratory will most probably continue to do so