Top 50+ Lin Yutang Quotes

Lin Yutang was a Chinese inventor, linguist, novelist, philosopher, and translator. His informal but polished style in both Chinese and English made him one of the most influential writers of his generation, and his compilations and translations of classic Chinese texts into English were bestsellers in the West.

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Author: Lin Yutang Find on Amazon: Link
Nationality: Chinese, Taiwanese Find on Amazon India: Link
Born: 10 October 1895, Banzai, Fujian, Zhangzhou, China
Died: 26 March 1976, Hong Kong

Lin Yutang 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.”
― Lin Yutang

“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live”
― Lin Yutang

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

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

“Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise.”
― Lin Yutang

“When Small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.”
― Lin Yutang

“What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?”
― Lin Yutang

“The busy man is never wise and the wise man is never busy.”
― Lin Yutang

“The wise man reads both books and life itself.”
― 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.”
― Lin Yutang

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

“There is so much to love and to admire in this life that it is an act of ingratitude not to be happy and content in this existence. ”
― Lin Yutang

“If man be sensible and one fine morning, while he is lying in bed,
counts 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.”
― Lin Yutang

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

“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.”
― Lin Yutang

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

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

“Of all the rights of woman, the greatest is to be a mother”
― Lin Yutang

“This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.”
― Lin Yutang

“Probably the difference between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely bored, while man has boredom plus imagination.”
― Lin Yutang

“Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do.”
― Lin Yutang

“The purpose of a short story is … that the reader shall come away with the satisfactory feeling that a particular insight into human character has been gained, or that his (or her) knowledge of life has been deepened, or that pity, love or sympathy for a human being is awakened. ”
― Lin Yutang

“And if the reader has no taste for what he reads, all the time is wasted”
― Lin Yutang

“For a Westerner, it is usually sufficient for a proposition to be logically sound. For a Chinese it is not sufficient that a proposition be logically correct, but it must be at the same time in accord with human nature.”
― Lin Yutang

“The moment a student gives up his right of personal judgment, he is in for accepting all the humbugs of life”
― Lin Yutang

“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of the nonessentials.”
― Lin Yutang

“Happiness for me is largely a matter of digestion.”
― Lin Yutang

“Anyone who wishes to learn to enjoy life must find friends of the same type of temperament, and take as much trouble to gain and keep their friendship as wives take to keep their husbands.”
― Lin Yutang

“When one’s thoughts and experience have not reached a certain point for reading a masterpiece, the masterpiece will leave only a bad flavor on his palate.”
― Lin Yutang

“The passion fades, the remorse is eternal.”
― Lin Yutang

“Nobody is right and nobody is wrong. Only one thing is right, and that is the Truth, but nobody knows what it is. It is a thing that changes all the time, and then comes back to the same thing. -Old Yao”
― Lin Yutang

“Much as I like reasonable persons, I hate completely rational beings. For that reason, I am always scared and ill at ease when I enter a house in which there are no ash trays. ”
― Lin Yutang

“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it, and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”
― Lin Yutang

“A good traveler is one who who does not know where he is going to , and a perfect traveler does not know where he came from.”
― Lin Yutang

“Make No Distinctions”
― Lin Yutang

“So long as man is man, variety will still be the flavor of life.”
― Lin Yutang

“In contrast to logic, there is common sense, or still better, the Spirit of Reasonableness.”
― Lin Yutang

“Scholars who are worth anything at all never know what is call “a hard grind” or what “bitter study” means.”
― Lin Yutang

“Philosophy not only begins with the individual, but also ends with the individual. For an individual is the final fact of life. He is an end in himself, and not a means to other creations of the human mind. The”
― Lin Yutang

“I can see no other reason for the existence of art and poetry and religion except as they tend to restore in us a freshness of vision and more emotional glamour and more vital sense of life.”
― Lin Yutang

“Nothing matters to a man who says nothing matters,”
― Lin Yutang

“Every man must find his own philosophy, his attitude towards life.”
― Lin Yutang

“Confucius said, “When young, beware of fighting; when strong, beware of sex; and when old, beware of possession,” which simply means that a boy loves fighting, a young man loves women, and an old man loves money.”
― Lin Yutang

“Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.”
― Lin Yutang

“Reality + Dreams + Humor = Wisdom   So”
― Lin Yutang

“One dies without regret if there is one in the whole world a “bosom friend,” or one who “knows his heart.”
― Lin Yutang

“my formula for the Chinese national mind is: R4D1H3S3 There”
― Lin Yutang

“A sabedoria da vida consiste em eliminar o que não é essencial.”
― Lin Yutang

“that it is not when he is working in the office but when he is lying idly on the sand that his soul utters, “Life is beautiful”
― Lin Yutang

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