the importance of living

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I just received my copy of Lin Yutang’s book, The Importance of Living. Lin Yutang was a Chinese philosopher of the early 20th century who became an apostle of loafing.  The Importance of Living was his opus.  He described it as an:

Idle philosophy born of an idle life.

I’m looking forward to reading and digesting it.

Here are a few Yutang quotes that I like:

A good traveller is one who does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from.

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

The wise man reads both books and life itself.

– clay