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“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live”
Lin Yutang
tags: life
“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
tags: tea
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. ”
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“I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow, its tone mellower, its colours richer, and it is tinged a little with sorrow and a premonition of death. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and is content. From a knowledge of those limitations and its richness of experience emerges a symphony of colours, richer than all, its green speaking of life and strength, its orange speaking of golden content and its purple of resignation and death”
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“Those who are wise won't be busy, and those who are too busy can't be wise.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
“When Small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.”
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“What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?”
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“The busy man is never wise and the wise man is never busy.”
Lin Yutang
“The man who has not the habit of reading is imprisoned in his immediate world, in respect to time and space. His life falls into a set routine; he is limited to contact and conversation with a few friends and acquaintances, and he sees only what happens in his immediate neighbourhood. From this prison there is no escape. But the moment he takes up a book, he immediately enters a different world, and if it is a good book, he is immediately put in touch with one of the best talkers of the world. This talker leads him on and carries him into a different country or a different age, or unburdens to him some of his personal regrets, or discusses with him some special line or aspect of life that the reader knows nothing about. An ancient author puts him in communion with a dead spirit of long ago, and as he reads along, he begins to imagine what the ancient author looked like and what type of person he was.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
“The wise man reads both books and life itself.”
Lin Yutang
tags: books
“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.”
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“Anyone who reads a book with a sense of obligation does not understand the art of reading.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
“There is so much to love and to admire in this life that it is an act of ingratitude not to be happy and content in this existence. ”
Lin Yutang, Pleasures of a Nonconformist
“If man be sensible and one fine morning, while he is lying in bed,
counts at the tips of his fingers how many things in this life truly will
give him enjoyment, invariably he will find food is the first one.”
Lin Yutang
tags: food
“If one's bowels move, one is happy, and if they don't move, one is unhappy. That is all there is to it.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
“There are no books in this world that everybody must read, but only books that a person must read at a certain time in a given place under given circumstances and at a given period of his life.”
lin yutang, The Importance of Living
“There is no proper time and place for reading. When the mood for reading comes, one can read anywhere”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
“I regard the discovery of one’s favorite author as the most critical event in one’s intellectual development.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
tags: books
“Of all the rights of woman, the greatest is to be a mother”
Lin Yutang
“This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.”
Yutang Lin
tags: humor
“Probably the difference between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely bored, while man has boredom plus imagination.”
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“Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do.”
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“The purpose of a short story is ... that the reader shall come away with the satisfactory feeling that a particular insight into human character has been gained, or that his (or her) knowledge of life has been deepened, or that pity, love or sympathy for a human being is awakened. ”
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“And if the reader has no taste for what he reads, all the time is wasted”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
“There is a certain proper and luxurious way of lying in bed. Confucius, that great artist of life, "never lay straight" in bed, "like a corpse", but always curled up on one side. I believe one of the greatest pleasures of life is to curl up one's legs in bed. The posture of the arms is also very important, in order to reach the greatest degree of aesthetic pleasure and mental power. I believe the best posture is not lying flat on the bed, but being upholstered with big soft pillows at an angle of thirty degrees with either one arm or both arms placed behind the back of one's head.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
“For a Westerner, it is usually sufficient for a proposition to be logically sound. For a Chinese it is not sufficient that a proposition be logically correct, but it must be at the same time in accord with human nature.”
Lin Yutang, My Country And My People
“The moment a student gives up his right of personal judgment, he is in for accepting all the humbugs of life”
lin yutang, The Importance of Living
“Happiness for me is largely a matter of digestion.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of the nonessentials.”
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