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The importance of living

Author: 林, 語堂 (1895-1976) ; Yutang Lin
Publisher: New York : John Day ; Reynal & Hitchcock, 1937.
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A wry, witty antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world. Lin Yutang's prescription is the classic Chinese philosophy of life: revere inaction as much as action, invoke humor to maintain a healthy attitude, and never forget that there will always be plenty of fools around who are willing--indeed, eager--to be busy, to make themselves useful, and to exercise power while you bask in the simple joy of existence.  Read more...
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Lin, Yutang, 1895-1976.
Importance of living.
New York : John Day, : Reynal & Hitchcock, 1937
(OCoLC)646970559
Named Person: Yutang Lin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 林, 語堂 (1895-1976) ; Yutang Lin
OCLC Number: 40272320
Notes: With an introduction by the author.
Includes index.
Description: 459 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part I. The awakening --
Approach to life --
A pseudo-scientific formula --
The scamp as ideal --
Part II. Views of mankind --
Christian, Greek and Chinese --
Earth-bound --
Spirit and flesh --
A biological view --
Human life a poem --
Part III. Our animal heritage --
The monkey epic --
In the image of the monkey --
On being mortal --
On having a stomach --
On having strong muscles --
On having a mind --
Part IV. On being human --
On human dignity --
On playful curiosity: the rise of human civilization --
On dreams --
On the sense of humor --
On being wayward and incalculable --
The doctrine of the individual --
Part V. Who can best enjoy life? --
Find thyself: chuangtse --
passion, wisdom and courage: mencius --
Cynicism, folly, and camouflage: laotse --
"Philosophy of half-and-half" Tsesse --
A lover of life: T'ao Yuanming --
Part VI. The feast of life --
The problem of happiness --
Human happiness is sensuous --
Chin's thirty-three happy moments --
Misunderstandings of materialism --
How about mental pleasure? --
Part VII. The importance of loafing --
Man the only working animal --
The Chinese theory of leisure --
The cult of the idle life --
This earth the only heaven --
What is luck? --
Three American vices --
Part VIII. The enjoyment of the home --
On getting biological --
Celibacy a freak of civilization --
On sex appeal --
The Chinese family ideal --
On growing old gracefully --
Part IX. The enjoyment of living --
On living in bed --
On sitting in chairs --
On conversation --
On tea and friendship --
On smoke and incense --
On drink and wine games --
On food and medicine --
Some curious western customs --
The inhumanity of western dress --
On house and interiors --
Part X. The enjoyment of nature --
Paradise lost? --
On bigness --
Two Chinese ladies --
On rocks and trees --
On flowers and flower arrangements --
The "vase flowers" of Yuan Chunglang --
The epigrams of Chang Chao --
Part XI. The enjoyment of travel --
On going about and seeing things --
The travels of Mingliaotse --
The reason for the flight --
The way of traveling --
At Austere heights --
Back to humanity --
Philosophy of the flight --
Part XII. The enjoyment of culture --
Good taste in knowledge --
Art as play and personality --
The art of reading --
The art of writing --
Part XIII. Relationship to God --
The restoration of religion --
Why I am a pagan --
Part XIV. The art of thinking --
The need for humanized thinking --
The return to common sense --
Be reasonable.
Responsibility: Lin Yutang.

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A wry, witty antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world. Lin Yutang's prescription is the classic Chinese philosophy of life: revere inaction as much as action, invoke humor to maintain a healthy attitude, and never forget that there will always be plenty of fools around who are willing--indeed, eager--to be busy, to make themselves useful, and to exercise power while you bask in the simple joy of existence. At a time when we're overwhelmed with wake-up calls, here is a refreshing, playful reminder to savor life's simple pleasures.

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