The Importance Of Living

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Author: Lin Yutang

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688163521

Category: Self-Help

Page: 480

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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.

Lin Yutang - The Importance Of Living

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Author: Lin Yutang

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1446549070

Category: Philosophy

Page: 480

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This is a personal testimony, a testimony of my own experience of thought and life. It is not intended to be objective and makes no claim to establish eternal truths. In fact I rather despise claims to objectivity in philosophy; the point of view is the thing. I should have liked to call it “A Lyrical Philosophy,” using the word “lyrical” in the sense of being a highly personal and individual outlook. But that would be too beautiful a name and I must forego it, for fear of aiming too high and leading the reader to expect too much, and because the main ingredient of my thought is matter-of-fact prose, a level easier to maintain because more natural. Very much contented am I to lie low, to cling to the soil, to be of kin to the sod. My soul squirms comfortably in the soil and sand and is happy, Sometimes when one is drunk with this earth, one’s spirit seems so light that he thinks he is in heaven. But actually he seldom rises six feet above the ground. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Muße und Kult

Mit einer Einführung von Kardinal Karl Lehmann

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Author: Josef Pieper

Publisher: Kösel-Verlag

ISBN: 3641043700

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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Zentrum unserer Kultur muss die Muße sein, nicht die Arbeit »Ein schmales, aber ein tiefes Buch: eindrucksvoll, ja erschreckend.« (New York Times) »Hier ist mit psychologischen und philosophischen Kategorien und der Sprachkraft eines großen Schriftstellers endlich die lange fällige Polemik gegen den modernen Götzen der Arbeit geschrieben.« (Joachim Günther) • Eines der wichtigsten und erfolgreichsten Bücher Josef Piepers • Vorwort von Kardinal Lehmann • 10. Todestag des großen Philosophen am 6.11.2007

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Das letzte Jahr mit meiner Mutter

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Author: Will Schwalbe

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843703914

Category: Self-Help

Page: 384

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„Was liest du gerade?“ So beginnt das Gespräch zwischen Will Schwalbe und seiner Mutter Mary Anne. Sie ist todkrank, doch anstatt zu verzweifeln, widmet sie sich ihrer großen Leidenschaft, dem Lesen. Über ein Jahr begleitet Will seine Mutter bis zum Ende ihres Lebens – und durch eine Welt von Büchern, die sie gemeinsam erkunden: Joseph und seine Brüder, Die Eleganz des Igels, Der Vorleser ... Am Ende erkennt Will: Lesen ist nicht das Gegenteil von handeln – es ist das Gegenteil von sterben. Will Schwalbe erzählt die Geschichte jenes Jahres. Er erzählt von den Büchern, die ihrer beider Leben geprägt haben. Und er erzählt von Trauer, Angst und der Erkenntnis, dass das Glück ganz unerwartet aus dem Moment heraus entsteht.

Liberal Cosmopolitan

Lin Yutang and Middling Chinese Modernity

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Author: Qian Suoqiao

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004192131

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

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This book is a cross-cultural critique on the problem of the liberal cosmopolitan in modern Chinese intellectuality in light of Lin Yutang’s literary and cultural practices across China and America. It points to the desirability of a middling Chinese modernity.

Encyclopedia of Chinese Philosophy

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Author: Antonio S. Cua

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135367485

Category: Philosophy

Page: 1020

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Featuring contributions from the world's most highly esteemed Asian philosophy scholars, this important new encyclopedia covers the complex and increasingly influential field of Chinese thought, from earliest recorded times to the present day. Including coverage on the subject previously unavailable to English speakers, the Encyclopedia sheds light on the extensive range of concepts, movements, philosophical works, and thinkers that populate the field. It includes a thorough survey of the history of Chinese philosophy; entries on all major thinkers from Confucius to Mou Zongsan; essential topics such as aesthetics, moral philosophy, philosophy of government, and philosophy of literature; surveys of Confucianism in all historical periods (Zhou, Han, Tang, and onward) and in key regions outside China; schools of thought such as Mohism, Legalism, and Chinese Buddhism; trends in contemporary Chinese philosophy, and more.

Looking Beyond

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Author: Lin Yutang

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1789122473

Category: History

Page: 357

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WITH HUMOR AND COMMON SENSE A MODERN PHILOSOPHER SHOWS MANKIND A WAY TO THE GREATER ENJOYMENT OF LIVING... In the year 2004 the heroine, an anthropologist, lands on an unknown and isolated Pacific island. Her plane is destroyed, so the renamed Eurydice finds herself compelled to join the Ruined Earth Utopian islanders. In this gripping novel, which was first published in 1955, Chinese-U.S. author, essayist and academic Dr. Lin Yutang’s appears to formulate his conception of a world beyond the muddling of today in a world that has survived two more world wars, and inaugurated a new Democratic World Commonwealth, outside the limitations of national sovereignty. He makes the contact between this groping old world and an island community, dedicated to peace, isolation and immunity from world ills, exalting the virtues of culture, and surviving in a state of suspended animation with little or no government.

Lin Yutang and China’s Search for Modern Rebirth

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Author: Suoqiao Qian

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811046573

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 475

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This book provides a comprehensive examination of the socio-cultural and political context of modern China in terms of its interaction with America and the West, focusing on the influence of the well-known Chinese writer and intellectual Lin Yutang (1895-1976). Offering a unique study of the life and works of Lin Yutang, it highlights his intellectual legacy in modern China and considers how his cross-cultural life and ideas embodied the modern Chinese cultural experience. It notably focuses on Lin’s reputation as an outspoken critic of the infringement of human rights during the rise of the Communist regime in China, but also on his rediscovery of Chinese cultural resources. At a time when China’s cultural contributions are increasingly relevant worldwide, this book contributes to ongoing critical reflections of Chinese modernity, particularly in terms of its intellectual legacies, but also to a renewed understanding of the cross-cultural interactions between China and America and a re-opening the dialogue and search for a new cultural understanding.

Against All Hope

A Memoir of Life in Castro's Gulag

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Author: Armando Valladares

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594033854

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 423

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Arrested in 1960 for being philosophically and religiously opposed to communism, Armando Valladares was interned at Cuba’s infamous Isla de Pinos Prison (from whose barred windows he watched the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion). His life in Castro’s gulag was a hell of violence and disease, putrid food and squalid living conditions, forced labor and solitary confinement, and hazardous escape attempts. Valladares survived by prayer and poetry. His writing, smuggled out to Europe and the U.S., made him one of the world’s most celebrated prisoners of conscience. As a result of pressure from international human rights organizations, the Castro regime finally released him in 1982. When Against All Hope first appeared, it was immediately compared to Darkness at Noon and other classic prison narratives about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of totalitarianism. Now, with a new prologue by the author, which tells of his life since prison and brings the story of Cuban dissidence up to the case of Elian Gonzalez, this story of strength and survival is more relevant than ever.

The Buddha in the Machine

Art, Technology, and the Meeting of East and West

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Author: R. John Williams

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300194471

Category: Art

Page: 322

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The famous 1893 Chicago World’s Fair celebrated the dawn of corporate capitalism and a new Machine Age with an exhibit of the world’s largest engine. Yet the noise was so great, visitors ran out of the Machinery Hall to retreat to the peace and quiet of the Japanese pavilion’s Buddhist temples and lotus ponds. Thus began over a century of the West’s turn toward an Asian aesthetic as an antidote to modern technology. From the turn-of-the-century Columbian Exhibition to the latest Zen-inspired designs of Apple, Inc., R. John Williams charts the history of our embrace of Eastern ideals of beauty to counter our fear of the rise of modern technological systems. In a dazzling work of synthesis, Williams examines Asian influences on book design and department store marketing, the commercial fiction of Jack London, the poetic technique of Ezra Pound, the popularity of Charlie Chan movies, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the design of the latest high-tech gadgets. Williams demonstrates how, rather than retreating from modernity, writers, artists, and inventors turned to traditional Eastern technê as a therapeutic means of living with—but never abandoning—Western technology.

Reinventing Democratic Socialism

For People Prosperity

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Author: Robert Corfe

Publisher: Arena books

ISBN: 9780953846009

Category: Economic policy

Page: 369

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This work reformulates the theory and practice of socialism in the view of the transformation of society over the past 60 years. Corfe aims to fulfill the hopes of those who feel that the Labour party, and socialism worldwide, has lost its way and is in need of a philosophy to point the way ahead.

The Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts

The Library and the Young Adult

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Author: Margaret A. Edwards

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 9780838935330

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 206

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Edwards's philosophies and practices, as illustrated in The Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, have influenced and inspired generations of librarians since its original publication in 1969, and continue to be a foundation for today's new young adult librarians.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

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Author: Dale Carnegie

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451621723

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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Learn how to break the worry habit -- Now and forever! With Dale Carnegie's timeless advice in hand, more than six million people have learned how to eliminate debilitating fear and worry from their lives and to embrace a worry-free future. In this classic work, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas that you can put to work today. It is a book packed with lessons that will last a lifetime and make that lifetime happier! DISCOVER HOW TO: Eliminate fifty percent of business worries immediately Reduce financial worries Avoid fatigue -- and keep looking young Add one hour a day to your waking life Find yourself and be yourself -- remember there is no one else on earth like you! Fascinating to read and easy to apply, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living deals with fundamental emotions and life-changing ideas. There's no need to live with worry and anxiety that keep you from enjoying a full, active life!

Chop Suey, USA

The Story of Chinese Food in America

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Author: Yong Chen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231538162

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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American diners began to flock to Chinese restaurants more than a century ago, making Chinese food the first mass-consumed cuisine in the United States. By 1980, it had become the country's most popular ethnic cuisine. Chop Suey, USA offers the first comprehensive interpretation of the rise of Chinese food, revealing the forces that made it ubiquitous in the American gastronomic landscape and turned the country into an empire of consumption. Engineered by a politically disenfranchised, numerically small, and economically exploited group, Chinese food's tour de America is an epic story of global cultural encounter. It reflects not only changes in taste but also a growing appetite for a more leisurely lifestyle. Americans fell in love with Chinese food not because of its gastronomic excellence but because of its affordability and convenience, which is why they preferred the quick and simple dishes of China while shunning its haute cuisine. Epitomized by chop suey, American Chinese food was a forerunner of McDonald's, democratizing the once-exclusive dining-out experience for such groups as marginalized Anglos, African Americans, and Jews. The rise of Chinese food is also a classic American story of immigrant entrepreneurship and perseverance. Barred from many occupations, Chinese Americans successfully turned Chinese food from a despised cuisine into a dominant force in the restaurant market, creating a critical lifeline for their community. Chinese American restaurant workers developed the concept of the open kitchen and popularized the practice of home delivery. They streamlined certain Chinese dishes, such as chop suey and egg foo young, turning them into nationally recognized brand names.

The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth

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Author: Richard Gravil,Daniel Robinson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191019658

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 650

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The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth deploys its forty-eight original essays, by an international team of scholar-critics, to present a stimulating account of Wordsworth's life and achievement and to map new directions in criticism. Nineteen essays explore the highlights of a long career systematically, giving special prominence to the lyric Wordsworth of Lyrical Ballads and the Poems in Two Volumes and to the blank verse poet of 'The Recluse'. Most of the other essays return to the poetry while exploring other dimensions of the life and work of the major Romantic poet. The result is a dialogic exploration of many major texts and problems in Wordsworth scholarship. This uniquely comprehensive handbook is structured so as to present, in turn, Wordsworth's life, career, and networks; aspects of the major lyrical and narrative poetry; components of 'The Recluse'; his poetical inheritance and his transformation of poetics; the variety of intellectual influences upon his work, from classical republican thought to modern science; his shaping of modern culture in such fields as gender, landscape, psychology, ethics, politics, religion and ecology; and his 19th- and 20th-century reception-most importantly by poets, but also in modern criticism and scholarship.

My Inspiration from Life in New York

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Author: Alex Kwok

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499002394

Category: Self-Help

Page: 140

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“This book is not about preaching a sermon or missionary indoctrination. It is merely an effort at truthfully recording a narrative to present the subject matters that I care about with the relevant preventive means to be shared by other people as points of reference; it is hoped that those who have read this book would be able to use my case study as reference in their personal life journey, so that they won’t feel being alone, hence, able to live their lives with added vitality and colors whilst reducing the incidents of unnecessary anxiety and anguish.”