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, ...
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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This is a work of profound humanity. The author does not claim originality for the age-old ideas he presents, but does make a claim for their importance, especially for the overly materialistic and overly hard-working Americans. If you admire Thoreau's insights, you'll enjoy Yutang. He writes with humor and humility.
Nov 1, 2012
Lin Yutang in his day passed as a philosopher of daily life. What he is is someone who thinks within the box and has ho deep or profound thoughts of his own.
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