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Lin Yutang Quotes

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

"The wise man reads both books and life itself."

"All women's dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress."

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

"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."

"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."

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

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

"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."

"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."

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

"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."

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