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Only he who handles his ideas lightly is master of his ideas, and only he who is master of his
ideas is not enslaved by them.
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A solemn funeral is inconceivable to the Chinese mind.
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I am not anti-English; I am anti-idiots.
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When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty. When there are too many
soldiers, there can be no peace. When there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice.
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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.
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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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It seems to me simplicity is about the most difficult thing to achieve in scholarship and
writing.
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I have always assumed that the end of living is the true enjoyment of it.
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A perfect traveler does not know where he came from. He does not even know his own name
and surname.
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The moment a student gives up his right of personal judgment, he is in for accepting all the
humbugs of life.
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Civilization is largely a matter of seeking food, while progress is that development which
makes food more and more difficult to get. This doesn't seem to make very much sense.
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I feel that macaroni has done more for our appreciation of Italy than Mussolini.
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Deprived of academic training in philosophy, I am less scared to write a book about it.
Everything seems clearer and simpler for it.
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Why has the educational system twisted and distorted the pleasant pursuit of knowledge into
a mechanical, measured, uniform and passive cramming of information?
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The Westerners go to see a doctor only when they are sick, and do not see him when they
are well.
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Westerners shake each other's hands, while we shake our own.
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Travel seems to have become a lost art.
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When a friend of Confucius told him that he always thought three times before he acted,
Confucius wittily replied, "To think twice is quite enough."
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China gave the world some of its most important inventions. And she has a wisdom of life
entirely her own.
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Only he who handles his ideas lightly is master of his ideas, and only he who is master of his
ideas is not enslaved by them.
Lin Yutang

The ideal educated man is not necessarily one who is well-read or learned, but one who likes
and dislikes the right things.
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A man who has to be punctually at a certain place at five o'clock has the whole afternoon
from one to five ruined for him already.
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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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Everything that we think God has in his mind necessarily proceeds from our own mind; it is
what we imagine to be in God's mind, and it is really difficult for human intelligence to guess
at a divine intelligence. What we usually end up with by this sort of reasoning is to make God
the color-sergeant of our army and to make Him as chauvinistic as ourselves.
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I always depend on the judgement of a woman rather than that of a man.
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Once Confucius was walking on the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a
grave. He asked the woman what here sorrow was, and she replied, "We are a family of
hunters. My father was eaten by a tiger. My husband was bitten by a tiger and died. And
now my only son!" "Why don't you move down and live in the valley? Why do you continue to
live up here?" asked Confucius. And the woman replied, "But sir, there are no tax collectors
here!" Confucius added to his disciples, "You see, a bad government is more to be feared
than tigers."
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No child is born with a really cold heart, and it is only in proportion as we lose that youthful
heart that we lose the inner warmth in ourselves.
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Chinese logic is highly personal, like women's logic.
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However vague they are, dreams have a way of concealing themselves and leave us no
peace until they are translated into reality, like seeds germinating underground, sure to
sprout in their search for the sunlight.
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Simplicity is the outward sign and symbol of depth of thought.
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Men resort to talking only when they haven't the power to enforce their convictions upon
others.
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