Alec Nevala-Lee

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Lin Yutang

Those are the best cynics who are half-cynics…It is that spirit of sweet reasonableness, arriving at a perfect balance between action and inaction, shown in the ideal of a man living in half-fame and semi-obscurity; half-lazily active and half-actively lazy; not so poor that he cannot pay his rent, and not so rich that he doesn’t have to work a little or couldn’t wish to have slightly more to help his friends; who plays the piano, but only well enough for his most intimate friends to hear, and chiefly to please himself; who collects, but just enough to load his mantelpiece; who reads, but not too hard; learns a lot but does not become a specialist; writes, but has his correspondence to the Times half of the time rejected and half of the time published—in short, it is that ideal of middle-class life which I believe to be the sanest ideal of life ever discovered by the Chinese.

Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living

Written by nevalalee

January 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

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  1. It’s nice to know that I have shared you more than the love of Gay Disco!

    AD

    January 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm

  2. Wait until you see my week-long series on the Pet Shop Boys…

    nevalalee

    January 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm


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