No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.

Lin Yutang on travel
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If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.

Lin Yutang on life
9

Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.

Lin Yutang on serenity
8

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.

Lin Yutang on humor
5

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.

Lin Yutang on contentment
4

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.

Lin Yutang on mother
3

Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks.

Lin Yutang on food
2

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty.

Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace. Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.

Lin Yutang on justice
1

All women's dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress.

Lin Yutang on fashion
1

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 on art
0

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.

Lin Yutang on country
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How many of us are able to distinguish between the odors of noon and midnight, or of winter and summer, or of a windy spell and a still one? If man is so generally less happy in the cities than in the country, it is because all these variations and nuances of sight and smell and sound are less clearly marked and lost in the general monotony of gray walls and cement pavements.

Lin Yutang on city
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About Lin Yutang

Name Lin Yutang
Quotes 25 quotes
Nationality Chinese
Profession Author
Birthday October 16
About Prolific writer of a wide variety of works in Chinese and English; in the 1930s he founded several Chinese magazines specializing in social satire and Western-style journalism.Lin, the son of a Chinese Presbyterian minister, was educated for the ministry but renounced Christianity in his early 20s and became a professor of English.
Top topics life, lying, live, desire, wisdom

A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going, and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.

Lin Yutang on travel
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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 tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.

Lin Yutang on seasons
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Once Confucius was walking on the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a grave. He asked the woman what here sorrow was, and she replied, We are a family of hunters. My father was eaten by a tiger. My husband was bitten by a tiger and died. And now my only son! Why don't you move down and live in the valley? Why do you continue to live up here? asked Confucius. And the woman replied, But sir, there are no tax collectors here! Confucius added to his disciples, You see, a bad government is more to be feared than tigers.

Lin Yutang on taxation
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Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.

Lin Yutang on amount
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Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly as he thinks.

Lin Yutang on society
0

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live

Lin Yutang on life
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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 on food
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Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness.

We don't believe in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why the world is sick.

Lin Yutang on today
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Art is both creation and recreation. Of the two ideas, I think art as recreation or as sheer play of the human spirit is more important.

Lin Yutang on art
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A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from.

Lin Yutang on perfect
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The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality, and the desire for achievement and success. They are the things that make the Americans so unhappy and so nervous.

Lin Yutang on america
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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 nonessentials.

Lin Yutang on wisdom
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The wise man reads both books and life itself.

Lin Yutang on books
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