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Lin Yutang

Data de nascimento: 10. Outubro 1895
Data de falecimento: 26. Março 1976

Lin Yutang 林語堂 foi um escritor chinês cujo trabalho original e traduções de textos clássicos chineses se tornaram muito populares no Ocidente.

Obras

„Entre todos os direitos da mulher, nenhum é maior que o de ser mãe.“

—  Lin Yutang

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother
My country and my people - página 152, de Yutang Lin, 5a. ed., Reynal & Hitchcock, 1935, 382 páginas

„No Ocidente, pensa-se muito em sexo e pouco nas mulheres.“

—  Lin Yutang, livro The Importance of Living

is that in the West, people think too much of sex and too little of women.
Lin Yutang, in "Lin Yutang The Importance Of Living" ( 1937 http://www.archive.org/stream/linyutangtheimpo008763mbp/linyutangtheimpo008763mbp_djvu.txt)
The Importance of Living (1937)

„A vida social só pode existir na base de uma certa dose de mentiras refinadas e de que ninguém diga exatamente o que pensa.“

—  Lin Yutang

Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.
The little critic: essays, satire and sketches on China (second series: 1933 ...‎ - Página 143, Yutang Lin - The Commercial Press, 1935 - 258 páginas

„O sábio lê livros, mas lê também a vida. O universo é um grande livro e a vida é uma grande escola.“

—  Lin Yutang, livro The Importance of Living

The wise man reads both books and life itself. The universe is one big book, and life is one big school.
Lin Yutang, in "Lin Yutang The Importance Of Living" ( 1937 http://www.archive.org/stream/linyutangtheimpo008763mbp/linyutangtheimpo008763mbp_djvu.txt)
The Importance of Living (1937)

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„Além da nobre arte de conseguir fazer as coisas, existe a nobre arte de deixar as coisas por fazer. A sabedoria da vida consiste na eliminação do que não é essencial.“

—  Lin Yutang

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.
citado em "Pearls of Wisdom : A Harvest of Quotations From All Ages" (1987) por Jerome Agel and Walter D. Glanze, p. 46
Atribuídas

„Se consegues viver uma tarde absolutamente inútil, de maneira absolutamente inútil, então sabes viver.“

—  Lin Yutang

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live
citado em "The Literary digest", Volume 124‎ - Página 32, Isaac Kaufman Funk - Funk and Wagnalls, 1938
Atribuídas

„O mundo hoje é dividido em fumantes e não fumantes. É certo que os fumantes causam alguns incômodos aos não-fumantes, mas tal incômodo é físico, ao passo que o incômodo que os não-fumantes causam aos fumadores é espiritual.“

—  Lin Yutang, livro The Importance of Living

The world today is divided into smokers and non-smokers. It is true that the smokers cause some nuisance to the non-smokery but this nuisance is physical, while the nuisance that the non- smokers cause the smokers is spiritual.
Lin Yutang, in "Lin Yutang The Importance Of Living" ( 1937 http://www.archive.org/stream/linyutangtheimpo008763mbp/linyutangtheimpo008763mbp_djvu.txt)
The Importance of Living (1937)

„That is a final fact of my inner consciousness, and for no religion could I deny its truth.“

—  Lin Yutang, livro The Importance of Living

Fonte: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 407
Contexto: I feel, like all modern Americans, no consciousness of sin and simply do not believe in it. All I know is that if God loves me only half as much as my mother does, he will not send me to Hell. That is a final fact of my inner consciousness, and for no religion could I deny its truth.

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

—  Lin Yutang, livro The Importance of Living

Fonte: The Importance of Living (1937), p. 282
Contexto: By association with nature's enormities, a man's heart may truly grow big also. There is a way of looking upon a landscape as a moving picture and being satisfied with nothing less big as a moving picture, a way of looking upon tropic clouds over the horizon as the backdrop of a stage and being satisfied with nothing less big as a backdrop, a way of looking upon the mountain forests as a private garden and being satisfied with nothing less as a private garden, a way of listening to the roaring waves as a concert and being satisfied with nothing less as a concert, and a way of looking upon the mountain breeze as an air-cooling system and being satisfied with nothing less as an air-cooling system. So do we become big, even as the earth and firmaments are big. Like the "Big Man" described by Yuan Tsi (A. D. 210-263), one of China's first romanticists, we "live in heaven and earth as our house."

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