The Importance of Living is the only book perhaps that distils the very essence of Chinese Philosphy, and at the same time it relates to the needs of the modern world. There are epigrams and flashes of wit on nearly every page, and the whole book is sheer delight. Failing to read such a book would be missing one of the best bedside book that has appeared in years. It’s not only a very charming book and its wisdom is equal to its charm, but it welcome s pleasures like flower on every page because it reinforces the spirit of tolerance and reaffirms the value of human dignity and freedom, which is the very essence and style in Lin Yutang’s writing.
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