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Besides the noble art of getting things done,
by 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.
- Lin Yutang

Related topics: Wisdom Zen Simplicity

This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor:
to change the character of our thought.
- Lin Yutang

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until
he comes home and rests his head on his old,
familiar pillow.
- Lin Yutang

Our lives are not in the lap of the gods,
but in the lap of our cooks.
- 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.
- Lin Yutang

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a
perfectly useless manner,
you have learned how to live.
- Lin Yutang

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road,
but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
- Lin Yutang

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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.
- Lin Yutang

Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty.
Where there are too many soldiers, there is no peace.
Where there are too many lawyers, there is no justice.
- Lin Yutang

The wise man reads both books and life itself.
- Lin Yutang

Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness.
We don't believe in the good old words because we don't
believe in good old values anymore.
And that's why the world is sick.
- Lin Yutang

Some artists claim praise is irrelevant in measuring the success of art,
but I think it's quite relevant.
Besides, it makes me feel great.
- Chris Van Allsburg

How do I know why Miles walks off the stage? Why don't
you ask him? And besides,
maybe we'd all like to be like Miles,
and just haven't got the guts.
- Dizzy Gillespie

It's so difficult to find time besides the tennis.
- Steffi Graf

Besides the two Christmas things, we've got a about
a dozen new tracks we're working on.
- Chris Frantz

Besides being a guitar player, I'm a big fan of the guitar.
I love that damn instrument.
- Steve Vai

We try some really interesting things besides being outright commercial.
- Bruce Johnston

I am obsessive, also I am industrious.
Besides, the time when you are most alive and most
aware is in childhood and one is trying to recapture
that heightened awareness.
- Edna O'Brien

Besides, at 62 years old I look like I'm about 27.
- Chubby Checker

When I was a kid, my dream was to be a farmer and marry Charlie Brown.
I wanted to rescue him and make him happy.
Besides, he was always lusting after the little redhead girl.
- Alicia Witt

Certain people want to see me solely as a pop act,
but there are many different sides to Christina Aguilera besides the pop girl.
- Christina Aguilera

Besides, there were 50,000 fans or more there,
and they wanted to see the best you've got.
There was an obligation to the people,
as well as to ourselves, to go all out.
- Carl Hubbell

Besides, my usefulness here is destroyed because all
of my friends think me a man of unsound mind.
- Alex Campbell

You know the drum was the first instrument besides the human voice.
- Billy Higgins

Besides the practical knowledge which defeat offers,
there are important personality profits to be taken.
- William Moulton Marston

A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.
- Wallace Stegner

Besides, I have a sister who's straight.
And I want her to know that I love her and support her.
- Dan Butler

Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions,
care about some other part of experience besides making
money and being successful on the job.
- Toi Derricotte

I've thought about doing other dramatic roles besides westerns,
but I grew up in the West and I know the West.
- Ken Curtis

There is one question that I don't think Gary Condit can answer,
and that I think is why we all aimed at Gary Condit,
besides the fact that he has a relationship.
- Barbara Olson

Well, probably I was fed up with concrete poetry.
There was a lot of bad concrete poetry and besides,
it was confused with visual poetry which was completely different.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly
rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price
of goods that they cannot do without.
- Albert Camus

Besides, a bald cap would have never looked real.
- Persis Khambatta

Besides if people really want to support the troops
they would vote democrat.
- David Cross

I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop.
My biggest resource is my mind.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a
class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years,
and a more miserable class of Negro slaves.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Luckily, I'm doing other things besides just modeling,
because frankly, I'm a little bored with it.
- Rebecca Romijn

And besides, because of all she has accomplished,
Barbara Jordan has always been a hero of mine.
- Tom Selleck

You should pull him back besides in all the lines before the quarter,
just as you make the others advance.
- William Cavendish

Each simian had a much different body suit,
so besides trying to define class across species,
there was a definite attempt to dress each group in different styles.
- Colleen Atwood

There's lots of interesting jobs in the profession besides acting,
and I like to try and keep an eye on and understand other people's jobs,
rather than just my own.
- Sarah Sutton

Besides, I'm fairly incompetent.
I can't play that fast.
- Benmont Tench

With whom do you argue? With a woman,
of course.
Not with a friend, because he accepted all your defects the moment he found you.
Besides, woman is mother-have we forgotten?
- Marcello Mastroianni

To tell her that I joined the parachute club was too hard for me.
I didn't want to trouble her; besides,
I was not completely sure about the success of my new adventure.
- Valentina Tereshkova

I needed to become something besides the star everybody had built me up to be.
- LeAnn Rimes

My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient.
Besides, life has so much humor.
- Manuel Puig

But this show reminds me that there are other aspects
to me besides the fact that I'm a funny chick.
- Kristen Johnston

I never dislike anyone that I am in competition with.
I welcome the challenge.
Besides, I get along with just about everyone.
- Dante Hall

I'll be a flop in movies.
Besides, I don't like 'em, and I never did believe
there was a place called Hollywood.
Somebody made it up!
- Patsy Kelly

For disorder obstructs: besides, it doth disgust life,
distract the appetities, and yield no true relish to the senses.
- Margaret Cavendish

I don't believe in dying.
It's been done.
I'm working on a new exit.
Besides, I can't die now - I'm booked.
- George Burns

Many a treasure besides Ali Baba's is unlocked with a verbal key.
- Henry Van Dyke

The nice thing is that, at least in Los Angeles,
I'm known as a character actor and I do auditions for
other things besides just cartoon shows.
- Dan Castellaneta

I think no one could have made peace in Bosnia besides Holbrooke.
- Michael Ignatieff

Research programmes, besides their negative heuristic,
are also characterized by their positive heuristic.
- Imre Lakatos

We can't worry about competition.
Besides, you aren't competing with anyone but yourself.
They have nothing to do with whether you make a good movie or not.
- Chris Wedge

The House of Commons, refused to receive the addresses of the colonies,
when the matter was pending; besides,
we hold our rights neither from them nor from the Lords.
- Christopher Gadsden

But we're not supposed to talk anything besides football.
- Al Michaels

Besides me wanting to be an artist, I wanted to be a movie star.
- Patti Smith

Besides all this, if you are idle, and take to bad courses,
you will hurt those of your brethren who are slaves,
and do all in your power to prevent their being free.
- Jupiter Hammon

I'm always happy when I'm cleaning, and besides,
I had just found out that I was going to have a baby.
- Peggy Lee

And I've been lucky in that I haven't had another job
besides acting in the last five years.
- Nicholas Lea

Underwear makes me uncomfortable and besides my parts have to breathe.
- Jean Harlow

Besides a happy policy as to civil government,
it is necessary to institute a system of law and jurisprudence founded in justice,
equity, and public right.
- Ezra Stiles

It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge
that the whole country isn't in flames,
that there are people in the country besides politicians,
entertainers, and criminals.
- Charles Kuralt

Besides, I'm a gypsy at heart and I like to travel around.
- Reba McEntire

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home
to think about besides homework.
- Lily Tomlin

Besides, I think that when one has been through a boarding school,
especially then, you have some resistance,
because it was both fine comradeship and a fairly hard training.
- Arne Jacobsen

A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.
- Herbert Hoover

I've been with Life now for seventeen years and I have
written several articles for them and will be doing
more writing and do at least two assignments a year besides my writing.
- Gordon Parks

Now, what that means is that there is fundamental indeterminacy from quantum mechanics,
but besides that there are other sources of effective indeterminacy.
- Murray Gell-Mann


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