Lin Yutang Quotes

Most popular Lin Yutang Quotes

The wise man reads both books and life itself.
— Lin Yutang

wisdom reading

The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
— Lin Yutang
The Chinese do not draw any distinction between food and medicine.


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


A letter is a soliloquy, but a letter with a postscript is a conversation.
— Lin Yutang

conversation letters

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

how to live life doing nothing

A good traveler is one who does not know where he is going. A perfect traveler does not know where he came from.
— Lin Yutang

wisdom Travel

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


A man who has to be punctually at a certain place at five o'clock has the whole afternoon ruined for him already.

time management

Such religion as there can be in modern life, every individual will have to salvage from the churches for himself.
— Lin Yutang

church religion

Great wisdom consists in not demanding too much of human nature, and yet not altogether spoiling it by indulgence.
— Lin Yutang
The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
— Lin Yutang
Hope is like a road in the country; there never was a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.


It is generally as painful to us to discard old beliefs as for the scientists to discard the old laws of physics and accept new theories.
— Lin Yutang
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

wisdom doing nothing

All women's dresses, in every age and country, are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the un-admitted desire to undress.
— Lin Yutang


Mencius enumerated the three "mature virtues" of bs "great man" as "wisdom, compassion and courage." I should like tolop off one syllable and regard as the qualities of a great soul passion, wisdom and courage.
— Lin Yutang