The Importance Of Living

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Harper Collins, Sep 16, 1998 - Self-Help - 480 pages
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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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User Review  - Ray Jackson - Goodreads

'The Importance of Living' by Lin YuTang is a personal testimony, a testimony of his very own experience of thought and life. The main ingredient of his thought is matter-of-fact prose (the ordinary ... Read full review

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User Review  - Yolanda - Goodreads

This book is pretty dated and sexist, but I did enjoy the following: ",,,we sweat and labor and go through life, living not for ourselves in accordance with our true instincts, but for the approval of ... Read full review

Contents

The Cult of the Idle Life
150
This Earth the Only Heaven
155
What Is Luck?
159
Three American Vices
160
Eight The Enjoyment of the Home
165
Celibacy a Freak of Civilization
169
On Sex Appeal
175
The Chinese Family Ideal
181

Three Our Animal Heritage 32 I The Monkey Epic
32
In the Image of the Monkey
35
HI On Being Mortal
37
On Having a Stomach
41
On Having Strong Muscles
50
On Having a Mind
55
Four On Being Human 64 I On Human Dignity
64
The Rise of Human Civilization
65
On Dreams
72
On the Sense of Humor
76
On Being Wayward and Incalculable
81
The Doctrine of the Individual
86
Five Who Can Best Enjoy Life?
94
Mencius
97
Laotse
104
Tsesse
110
Tao YŁanming
114
Six The Feast of Life
121
Human Happiness Is Sensuous
125
Chins Thirtythree Happy Moments
129
Misunderstandings of Materialism
136
How About Mental Pleasures?
139
Seven The Importance of Loafing
144
The Chinese Theory of Leisure
147
On Growing Old Gracefully
190
Nine The Enjoyment of Living
200
On Sitting in Chairs
204
On Conversation
209
On Tea and Friendship
219
On Smoke and Incense
229
On Drink and Wine Games
237
On Food and Medicine
245
Some Curious Western Customs
254
The Inhumanity of Western Dress
257
On House and Interiors
263
Ten The Enjoyment of Nature
274
The Vase Flowers of Yuan
308
The Epigrams of Chang Chao
315
Eleven The Enjoyment of Travel
331
The Travels of Mingliaotse
340
Twelve The Enjoyment of Culture
364
Thirteen Relationship to God
399
Fourteen The Art of Thinking
413
The Return to Common Sense
419
Certain Chinese Names
429
Index of Names and Subjects
451
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About the author (1998)

LIN YUTANG was born in 1895 to a mission family and became one of the best-known Chinese scholars and writers.

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