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Lin Yutang

Geburtstag: 10. Oktober 1895
Todesdatum: 26. März 1976

Lin Yutang war ein chinesischer Schriftsteller, dessen Texte über die chinesische Kultur und Übersetzungen der chinesischen Klassiker in Europa und Amerika sehr populär waren. Wikipedia

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„What is patriotism but love of the good things we ate in our childhood? I have said elsewhere that the loyalty to Uncle Sam is the loyalty to doughnuts and ham and sweet potatoes and the loyalty to the German Vaterland is the loyalty to Pfannkuchen and Christmas Stollen.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

As for international understanding, I feel that macaroni has done more for our appreciation of Italy than Mussolini... in food, as in death, we feel the essential brotherhood of mankind.
Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), Ch. IV : On Having A Stomach, p. 46

„True peace of mind comes from accepting the worst.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 158

„By association with nature's enormities, a man's heart may truly grow big also.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 282
Kontext: By association with nature's enormities, a man's heart may truly grow big also. There is a way of looking upon a landscape as a moving picture and being satisfied with nothing less big as a moving picture, a way of looking upon tropic clouds over the horizon as the backdrop of a stage and being satisfied with nothing less big as a backdrop, a way of looking upon the mountain forests as a private garden and being satisfied with nothing less as a private garden, a way of listening to the roaring waves as a concert and being satisfied with nothing less as a concert, and a way of looking upon the mountain breeze as an air-cooling system and being satisfied with nothing less as an air-cooling system. So do we become big, even as the earth and firmaments are big. Like the "Big Man" described by Yuan Tsi (A. D. 210-263), one of China's first romanticists, we "live in heaven and earth as our house."

„That is a final fact of my inner consciousness, and for no religion could I deny its truth.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 407
Kontext: 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.

„This is a personal testimony, a testimony of my own experience of thought and life. It is not intended to be objective and makes no claim to establish eternal truths. In fact I rather despise claims to objectivity in philosophy; the point of view is the thing.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Preface
The Importance of Living (1937)
Kontext: This is a personal testimony, a testimony of my own experience of thought and life. It is not intended to be objective and makes no claim to establish eternal truths. In fact I rather despise claims to objectivity in philosophy; the point of view is the thing. I should have liked to call it "A Lyrical Philosophy," using the word "lyrical" in the sense of being a highly personal and individual outlook...

„I am doing my best to glorify the scamp or vagabond.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), Ch. I : The Awakening, p. 12
Kontext: I am doing my best to glorify the scamp or vagabond. I hope I shall succeed. For things are not so simple as they sometimes seem. In this present age of threats to democracy and individual liberty, probably only the scamp and the spirit of the scamp alone will save us from being lost in serially numbered units in the masses of disciplined, obedient, regimented and uniformed coolies. The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships. He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered. All modern civilization depends entirely upon him.

„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.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 23
Kontext: A reasonable naturalist then settles down to this life with a sort of animal satisfaction. As Chinese illiterate women put it, "Others gave birth to us and we give birth to others. What else are we to do?".... Life becomes a biological procession and the very question of immortality is sidetracked. For that is the exact feeling of a Chinese grandfather holding his grandchild by the hand and going to the shops to buy some candy, with the thought that in five or ten years he will be returning to his grave or to his ancestors. 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.

„The greatest ideal that man can aspire to is not to be a show-case of virtue, but just to be a genial, likable and reasonable human being.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 242

„Such religion as there can be in modern life, every individual will have to salvage from the churches for himself.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 397

„The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships. He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered. All modern civilization depends entirely upon him.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), Ch. I : The Awakening, p. 12
Kontext: I am doing my best to glorify the scamp or vagabond. I hope I shall succeed. For things are not so simple as they sometimes seem. In this present age of threats to democracy and individual liberty, probably only the scamp and the spirit of the scamp alone will save us from being lost in serially numbered units in the masses of disciplined, obedient, regimented and uniformed coolies. The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships. He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered. All modern civilization depends entirely upon him.

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