the importance of living

Is an excellent book by Lin Yutang, isbn 978-0688163525. As usual I'm going to quote from a few pages:
In the West, the insane are so many that they are put in an asylum, in China the insane are so unusual that we worship them.
I consider the education of our senses and our emotions rather more important than the education of our ideas.
Only he who handles his ideas lightly is master of his ideas, and only he is master of his ideas is not enslaved by them.
A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child.
Passion holds up the bottom of the world, while genius paints its roof.
The courage to be one's own natural self is quite a rare thing.
An Old Man was living with his Son at an abandoned fort on the top of a hill, and one day he lost a horse. The neighbours came to express their sympathy for his misfortune, and the Old Man asked, "How do you know this is bad luck?" A few days afterwards, his horse returned with a number of wild horses, and his neighbours came again to congratulate him on this stroke of fortune, and the Old Man replied, "How do you know this is good luck?" With so many horses around, his son began to take to riding, and one day he broke his leg. Again the neighbours came round to express their sympathy, and the Old Man replied, "How do you know this is bad luck?" The next year, there was a war, and because the Old Man's son was crippled, he did not have to go to the front.
The trouble with Americans is that when a thing is nearly right, they want to make it still better, while for a Chinese, nearly right is good enough.
When the chains of a bicycle are kept too tight, they are not conducive to the easiest running, and so with the human mind.
Tea in invented for quiet company as wine is invented for a noisy party.
Luxury and expensiveness are the things most to be avoided in architecture.
Taste then is closely associated with courage.
We must give up the idea that a man's knowledge can be tested or measured in any form whatsoever.
Only fresh fish may be cooked in its own juice; stale fish must be flavoured with anchovy sauce and pepper and mustard - the more the better.
The thing called beauty in literature and beauty in things depends so much on change and movement and is based on life. What lives always has change and movement, and what has change and movement naturally has beauty.

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