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Lin Yutang
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.

Lin Yutang
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?

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

Lin Yutang
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly as he thinks.

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

Lin Yutang
I have a hankering to go back to the Orient and discard my necktie. Neckties strangle clear thinking.

Lin Yutang
Once Confucius was walking on the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a grave. He asked the woman what here sorrow was, and she replied, We are a family of hunters. My father was eaten by a tiger. My husband was bitten by a tiger and died. And now my only son! Why don't you move down and live in the valley? Why do you continue to live up here? asked Confucius. And the woman replied, But sir, there are no tax collectors here! Confucius added to his disciples, You see, a bad government is more to be feared than tigers.

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.

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