The Importance of Living

The Importance of Living

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 142.49 x 211.07 x 32.77mm | 426.38g
  • HarperPaperbacks
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0688163521
  • 9780688163525
  • 53,485

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1,253 ratings
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This books simple eloquence is delightful. A whole chapter on making tea. Another on loafing. It really should be an art. Life is meant to be lived not struggled through and Lin Yutang points the way. It's timeliness is lacking somewhat and it is clear that many of the views wont translate well to the twenty first century but the little, simple, pearls of wisdom nestled among its pages are well worth the more
by Robin
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