Lin Yutang Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old lin yutang quotes, lin yutang sayings, and lin yutang proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.      

Lin Yutang

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.     

Lin Yutang

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.     

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No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.     

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No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.     

Lin Yutang

Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.     

Lin Yutang

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.     

Lin Yutang

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.      

Lin Yutang

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.     

Lin Yutang

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.     

Lin Yutang

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.     

Lin Yutang

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.     

Lin Yutang

The busy man is never wise and the wise man is never busy.     

Lin Yutang

Instead of holding on to the Biblical view that we are made in the image of God, we come to realize that we are made in the image of the monkey.     

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The more we justify our beliefs, the more narrow-minded we become.     

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

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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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A vague uncritical idealism always lends itself to ridicule and too much of it might be a danger to mankind, leading it round in a futile wild-goose chase for imaginary ideals.     

Lin Yutang

Since the invention of the flush toilet and the vacuum carpet cleaner, the modern man seems to judge a man's moral standards by his cleanliness, and thinks a dog the more highly civilized for having a weekly bath and a winter wrapper round his belly.     

Lin Yutang

China is the greatest mystifying and stupefying fact in the modern world.     

Lin Yutang

China is the greatest mystifying and stupefying fact in the modern world.     

Lin Yutang

A vague uncritical idealism always lends itself to ridicule and too much of it might be a danger to mankind, leading it round in a futile wild-goose chase for imaginary ideals.     

Lin Yutang

It is not dirt but the fear of dirt which is the sign of man's degeneration, and it is dangerous to judge a man's physical and moral sanity by outside standards.     

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By association with nature's enormities, a man's heart may truly grow big also.     

Lin Yutang

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.     

Lin Yutang

It is not dirt but the fear of dirt which is the sign of man's degeneration, and it is dangerous to judge a man's physical and moral sanity by outside standards.     

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Any good practical philosophy must start out with the recognition of our having a body.     

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A cocktail party is a place where you talk with a person you do not know about a subject you have no interest in.     

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Nothing matters to a man who says nothing matters.      

Lin Yutang