Zitate Lin Yutang

„The world I believe is far too serious, and being far too serious, is it has need of a wise and merry philosophy.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), Ch. I : The Awakening, p. 13

„It is not when he is working in the office but when he is lying idly on the sand that his soul utters, "Life is beautiful."“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), Ch. I : The Awakening, p. 2

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

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 332

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

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), Ch. IX : The Enjoyment of Living, p. 249

„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

As quoted in Remarks of Famous People (1965) by Jacob Morton Braude, p. 23

„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.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 153. Often quoted as: "If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live."

„A man may own a thousand acres of land, and yet he still sleeps upon a bed of five feet.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 38 (Chinese saying)

„It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action.“

—  Lin Yutang, buch The Importance of Living

Quelle: The Importance of Living (1937), Ch. I : The Awakening, p. 8

„The Chinese believe that when there are too many policemen, there can be no individual liberty, when there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice, and when there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace.“

—  Lin Yutang

Between Tears And Laughter (1943), p. 71. Variant: "When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty. When there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace. When there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice.", as quoted in The World's Funniest Laws (2005) by James Alexander, ISBN 1905102100, p. 6.

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