peter joined the army when he was eighteen, and for several months he was taught how to be a good soldier. he did quite well in everything except shooting.
one day he and his friends were practicing their shooting, and all of them were doing quite well except peter. after he had shot at the target nine times and had not hit it once, the officer who was trying to teach the young soldiers to shoot said, you're quite hopeless, peter! don't waste your last bullet too! go behind that wall and shoot yourself with it!
at a pre-med university in st. louis, we had to take a difficult class in physics. one day the professor was discussing a particularly complicated concept. a student rudely interrupted to ask why do we have to learn this stuff?
to save lives. the professor responded quickly and continued the lecture. a few minutes later, the same student spoke up again. so how does physics save lives? he persisted. it usually keeps the idiots like you out of medical school, replied the professor.
Once, late at night, an Englishman came out of his room into the corridor(走廊) of a hotel and asked the servant to bring him a glass of water. The servant did as he was asked. The Englishman re-entered his room, but a few minutes later he came into the corridor again and once more asked the servant for a glass of water. The servant brought him another glass of water. Every few minutes the Englishmen would come out of his room and repeat his request. After a half-hour the astonished servant decided to ask the Englishman what he was doing with the water. Nothing, the Englishman answered imperturbably(平静地) , It’s simply that my room is on fire.
a: which do you find more important, money or friends?
b: friends, of course.
b: i can always borrow money from friends.