Lin Yutang Quotes (15 Quotes)

    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.

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

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

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

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

    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.

    The wise man reads both books and life itself.

    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.

    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.

    A man who has to be punctually at a certain place at 5 oclock has the whole afternoon ruined for him already.

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

    Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.

    However vague they are, dreams have a way of concealing themselves and leave us no peace until they are translated into reality, like seeds germinating underground, sure to sprout in their search for the sunlight.

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

    If a man be sensible and one fine morning, while he is lying in bed, count at the tips of his fingers how many things in this life truly will give him enjoyment, invariably he will find food is the first one.

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