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

— Lin Yutang

The most fascinating Lin Yutang quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

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.

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On the whole, the enjoyment of leisure is something which decidedly costs less than the enjoyment of luxury. All it requires is an artistic temperament which is bent on seeking a perfectly useless afternoon spent in a perfectly useless manner.

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A man who has to be punctually at a certain place at five o'clock has the whole afternoon ruined for him already.

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Happiness has always seemed like a bluebird, and consists of moments.

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When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.

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Neckties strangle clear thinking.

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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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The history omankind seems like kite flying;

sometimes, when the wind is favorable, we let go the string a little and the kite soars a little higher; sometimes the wind is too rough and we have to lower it a little, and sometimes it gets caught among the tree branches; but to reach the upper strata of pure bliss-ah, perhaps never.

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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.

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I have a hankering to go back to the Orient and discard my necktie.

Neckties strangle clear thinking.

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There is a great probability that our loss of capacity for enjoying the positive joys of life is largely due to the decreased sensibility of our senses and our lack of full use of them. All human happiness is sensuous happiness.

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I have done my best. That is about all the philosophy of living one needs.

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About Lin Yutang

Quotes 142 sayings
Nationality Chinese
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

The Chinese do not draw any distinction between food and medicine.

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Instead of holding on to the Biblical view that we are made in the image of God, we come to realize that we are made in the image of the monkey.

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The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

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There is nothing more beautiful in this world than a healthy, wise old man.

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There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.

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

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Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do.

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We should not expect people to be good, but should make it impossible for them to be bad.

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The busy man is never wise and the wise man is never busy.

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

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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.

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Happiness for me is largely a matter of digestion.

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I do not think that any civilization can be called complete until it has progressed from sophistication to unsophistication, and made a conscious return to simplicity of thinking and living.

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

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What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?

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The world I believe is far too serious, and being far too serious .

.. it has need of a wise and merry philosophy.

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

9

I rather despise claims to objectivity in philosophy; the point of view is the thing.

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Alas, our rulers are not gods, but puny, fallible men, like the kings who constantly forget their parts, and we common men should be their prompters.

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The wise man reads both books and life itself.

8

I feel, like all modern Americans, no consciousness of sin and simply do not believe in it. All I know is that if God loves me only half as much as my mother does, he will not send me to Hell. That is a final fact of my inner consciousness, and for no religion could I deny its truth.

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India was China's teacher in religion and imaginative literature, and the world's teacher in trignometry, quandratic equations, grammar, phonetics, Arabian Nights, animal fables, chess, as well as in philosophy, and that she inspired Boccaccio, Goethe, Herder, Schopenhauer, Emerson, and probably also old Aesop.

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True peace of mind comes from accepting the worst.

Psychologically, I think it means a release of energy.

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Only friendship which can stand occasional plain speaking is worth having.

5

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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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.

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The best that we can hope for in this life is that we shall not have sons and grandsons of whom we need to be ashamed.

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No child is born with a really cold heart, and it is only in proportion as we lose that youthful heart that we lose the inner warmth in ourselves.

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Life is too short to make an over-serious business out of it.

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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.

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Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want to do.

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Nothing matters to a man who says nothing matters.

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All I know is that if God loves me only half as much as my mother does, he will not send me to Hell.

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My faith in human dignity consists in the belief that man is the greatest scamp on earth. Human dignity must be associated with the idea of a scamp and not with that of an obedient, disciplined and regimented soldier.

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Simplicity is the outward sign and symbol of depth of thought.

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I distrust all dead and mechanical formulas for expressing anything connected with human affairs and human personalities. Putting human affairs in exact formulas shows in itself a lack of the sense of humor and therefore a lack of wisdom.

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There is no proper time and place for reading.

When the mood for reading comes, one can read anywhere

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