This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.
More Quotes from Lin Yutang: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.
A man who has to be punctually at a certain place at 5 oclock has the whole afternoon ruined for him already.
Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want to do.
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.
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.
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.
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Romanticism has never been properly judged. Who was there to judge it? The critics!
And for every project, because it takes years, you can see the early drawings and collages as just a simple, vague idea, and through the years and through the negotiations of getting the permit, you see that every detail is now clarified.
Every science has for its basis a system of principles as fixed and unalterable as those by which the universe is regulated and governed. Man cannot make principles; he can only discover them.