The importance of living / Lin Yutang.

Lin, Yutang, 1895-1976
林, 語堂, (1895-1976)
New York : John Day : Reynal & Hitchcock, 1937.
459 pages ; 22 cm
Lin, Yutang 1895-1976.
Local subjects:
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.
Part I. The awakening
Approach to life
A pseudo-scientific formula
The scamp as ideal
Part II. Views of mankind
Christian, Greek and Chinese
Spirit and flesh
A biological view
Human life a poem
Part III. Our animal heritage
The monkey epic
In the image of the monkey
On being mortal
On having a stomach
On having strong muscles
On having a mind
Part IV. On being human
On human dignity
On playful curiosity: the rise of human civilization
On dreams
On the sense of humor
On being wayward and incalculable
The doctrine of the individual
Part V. Who can best enjoy life?
Find thyself: chuangtse
passion, wisdom and courage: mencius
Cynicism, folly, and camouflage: laotse
"Philosophy of half-and-half" Tsesse
A lover of life: T'ao Yuanming
Part VI. The feast of life
The problem of happiness
Human happiness is sensuous
Chin's thirty-three happy moments
Misunderstandings of materialism
How about mental pleasure?
Part VII. The importance of loafing
Man the only working animal
The Chinese theory of leisure
The cult of the idle life
This earth the only heaven
What is luck?
Three American vices
Part VIII. The enjoyment of the home
On getting biological
Celibacy a freak of civilization
On sex appeal
The Chinese family ideal
On growing old gracefully
Part IX. The enjoyment of living
On living in bed
On sitting in chairs
On conversation
On tea and friendship
On smoke and incense
On drink and wine games
On food and medicine
Some curious western customs
The inhumanity of western dress
On house and interiors
Part X. The enjoyment of nature
Paradise lost?
On bigness
Two Chinese ladies
On rocks and trees
On flowers and flower arrangements
The "vase flowers" of Yuan Chunglang
The epigrams of Chang Chao.
Part XI. The enjoyment of travel
On going about and seeing things
The travels of Mingliaotse
The reason for the flight
The way of traveling
At Austere heights
Back to humanity
Philosophy of the flight
Part XII. The enjoyment of culture
Good taste in knowledge
Art as play and personality
The art of reading
The art of writing
Part XIII. Relationship to God
The restoration of religion
Why I am a pagan
Part XIV. The art of thinking
The need for humanized thinking
The return to common sense
Be reasonable.
With an introduction by the author.
Includes index.
Local notes:
Gotham Book Mart Collection copy is thirty-sixth impression.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
Other format:
Online version: Lin, Yutang, 1895-1976. Importance of living.
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