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The Importance of Living

Lin Yutang

Top 10 Best Quotes

“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.”

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

“Those who are wise won't be busy, and those who are too busy can't be wise.”

“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.”

“Anyone who reads a book with a sense of obligation does not understand the art of reading.”

“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.”

“If one's bowels move, one is happy, and if they don't move, one is unhappy. That is all there is to it.”

“I regard the discovery of one’s favorite author as the most critical event in one’s intellectual development.”

“There is no proper time and place for reading. When the mood for reading comes, one can read anywhere”

“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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