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The importance of living

Author: Yutang Lin
Publisher: New York : Harper, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Quill edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: The Importance of Living is 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yutang Lin
ISBN: 9780688163525 0688163521
OCLC Number: 774725758
Description: xiii, 462 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
Chapter 1: Awakening --
1: Approach to life --
2: Pseudo-scientific formula --
3: Scamp as ideal --
Chapter 2: Views Of Mankind --
1: Christian, Greek and Chinese --
2: Earth-bound --
3: Spirit and flesh --
4: Biological view --
5: Human life a poem --
Chapter 3: Our Animal Heritage --
1: Monkey epic --
2: In the image of the monkey --
3: On being mortal --
4: On having a stomach --
5: On having strong muscles --
6: On having a mind --
Chapter 4: On Being Human --
1: On human dignity --
2: On playful curiosity: the rise of human civilization --
3: On dreams --
4: On the sense of humor --
5: On being wayward and incalculable --
6: Doctrine of the individual --
Chapter 5: Who Can Best Enjoy Life? --
1: Find thyself: Chuangtse --
2: Passion, wisdom and courage: Mencius --
3: Cynicism, folly and camouflage: Laotse --
4: Philosophy of half-and half: Tsesse --
5: Lover of life: T'ao Yuanming --
Chapter 6: Feast Of Life --
1: Problem of happiness --
2: Human happiness is sensuous --
3: Chin's thirty-three happy moments --
4: Misunderstandings of materialism --
5: How about mental pleasures? --
Chapter 7: Importance Of Loafing --
1: Man the only working animal --
2: Chinese theory of leisure --
3: Cult of the idle life --
4: This Earth the only heaven --
5: What is luck? --
6: Three American vices ---
Chapter 8: Enjoyment Of The Home --
1: On getting biological --
2: Celibacy a freak of civilization --
3: On sex appeal --
4: Chinese family ideal --
5: On growing old gracefully --
Chapter 9: Enjoyment Of Living --
1: On lying in bed --
2: On sitting in chairs --
3: On conversation --
4: On tea and friendship --
5: On smoke and incense --
6: On drink and wine games --
7: On food and medicine --
8: Some curious western customs --
9: Inhumanity of western dress --
10: On house and interiors --
Chapter 10: Enjoyment Of Nature --
1: Paradise lost? --
2: On bigness --
3: Two Chinese ladies --
4: On rocks and trees --
5: On flowers and flower arrangements --
6: Vase flowers of Yuan Chunglang --
7: Epigrams of Chang Ch'ao --
Chapter 11: Enjoyment Of Travel --
1: On going about and seeing things --
2: Travels of Mingliaotse --
a: Reason for the flight --
b: Way of traveling --
c: At Austere Heights d: Back to humanity --
e: Philosophy of the flight --
Chapter 12: Enjoyment Of Culture --
1: Good taste in knowledge --
2: Art as play and personality --
3: Art of reading --
4: Art of writing --
Chapter 13: Relationship To God --
1: Restoration of religion --
2: Why I am a pagan --
Chapter 14: Art Of Thinking --
1: Need for humanized thinking --
2: Return to common sense --
3: Be reasonable --
Appendix A: Certain Chinese names --
Appendix B: Chinese critical vocabulary --
Index of names and subjects.
Responsibility: Lin Yutang.

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From the Publisher: The Importance of Living is 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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