Lin Yutang Quotes
Brief author info: Lin Yutang (1895-1976) Chinese writer. Philologist and professor: wrote on wide range of subjects; one of better-known Chinese writers in English-speaking world.
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Life is too short to make an over-serious business out of it.
Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do than what one can do.
Society can only exist on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.
The end of living is the true enjoyment of it.
I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colors 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 it is content.
Business men who are busy the whole day and immediately go to bed after supper, snoring like cows, are not likely to contribute anything to culture.
Our lives are not in the lap of the gods, but in the lap of our cooks.
When we demand liberty of a person as a constitutional right, we are taking away from the officials their liberty to chop off people's heads.
No man is inherently respectable, but all women are by nature.
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
Things don't change. You change your way of looking, that's all.
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.
It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.