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This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor:
by Lin Yutang

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

Related topics: Humor

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

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

 

The wise man reads both books and life itself.
- 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

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

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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

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

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

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe,
it can achieve.
- Napoleon Hill

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches
as to conceive how others can be in want.
- Jonathan Swift

God...
a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
- Ayn Rand

I don't want to write any more for the old Man-power
instruments and am handicapped by the lack of adequate
electrical instruments for which I now conceive my music.
- Edgard Varese

Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive.
This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit
means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.
- Walt Disney

What can you conceive more silly and extravagant than
to suppose a man racking his brains,
and studying night and day how to fly?
- William Law

I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing.
- Bela Bartok

I was taught by my grandfather that anything that your mind can conceive,
you can have.
It's a reality.
- Lenny Kravitz

He was the first to conceive of movies as an art form.
His belief was that if the traditional art form would not find room for him,
then he would make an art form of his own.
- Richard Schickel

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
- Charles Baudelaire

A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind;
no one is self-sufficing,
but all of us have many wants.
- Plato

It did not come naturally; in fact, it would be difficult
to conceive of any more dogmatic and less tolerant
people than the first settlers on New England shores.
- Paul Harris

I always conceive a piece as a different set of challenges.
- John Corigliano

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible
that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
- Rene Descartes

What the mind of man can conceive and believe,
it can achieve.
- Napolean Hill

To conceive the good, in fact, is not sufficient;
it must be made to succeed among men.
To accomplish this less pure paths must be followed.
- Ernest Renan

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but
what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon.
When we love a woman we don't start measuring her limbs.
- Pablo Picasso

To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes;
to collect the data in it all my life.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

In what way can a revelation be made but by miracles?
In none which we are able to conceive.
- William S. Paley

Poets and heroes are of the same race,
the latter do what the former conceive.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty
so intimately in their minds,
that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Here, again, as I conceive, gentlemen forget that this
government is a republican one,
resting exclusively in the intelligence and virtue of the People.
- Caleb Cushing

There must be room for the imagination to exercise its powers;
we must conceive and apprehend a thousand things which
we do not actually witness.
- William Godwin

I conceive there lies a clear rule in Titus that the
elder women should instruct the younger and then I
must have a time wherein I must do it.
- Anne Hutchinson

The human imagination has already come to conceive
the possibility of recreating human society.
- Edmund Wilson

God, great principle of all minor principles,
God, who is Himself without a principle,
could not conceive Himself, if, in order to do it,
He required to know His own principle.
- Giacomo Casanova

Just as our eyes need light in order to see,
our minds need ideas in order to conceive.
- Napoleon Hill

I cannot conceive how anybody in his right mind should go to a psychoanalyst.
- Vladimir Nabokov

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it,
I know I can achieve it.
- Jesse Jackson

There aren't traditions of freedom in a place like Iraq.
They're going to have to come to grips with a concept
that they hadn't been allowed to conceive before.
- Malcolm Wallop

We breathe, we think, we conceive of our lives as narratives.
- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe,
it can achieve.
- W. Clement Stone

The gracious, eternal God permits the spirit to green
and bloom and to bring forth the most marvelous fruit,
surpassing anything a tongue can express and a heart conceive.
- Johannes Tauler

There is, I conceive, no contradiction in believing
that mind is at once the cause of matter and of the
development of individualised human minds through the agency of matter.
- Alfred Russel Wallace

I will try to account for the degree of my aesthetic emotion.
That, I conceive, is the function of the critic.
- Clive Bell

Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science
of the ordered progress of society along the lines
of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself.
- Woodrow Wilson

I have come slowly into possession of such powers as I have.
I receive the opinions of my day.
I do not conceive them.
But I receive them into a vivid mind.
- Woodrow Wilson

We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth
of which both gods and men are members.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

For this is our most perfect duty and yet least known to us by nature:
Whatever we conceive or will should be joined with
the good of our neighbor.
- William Ames

Whether it be the heart to conceive,
the understanding to direct,
or the hand to execute.
- Junius

I can well conceive a man without hands,
feet, head.
But I cannot conceive man without thought;
he would be a stone or a brute.
- Blaise Pascal

As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it.
I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not
to be the immediate parent.
- Anthony Trollope

What the human mind can conceive and believe it can accomplish.
- David Sarnoff

I do not conceive of any reality at all as without genuine unity.
- Gottfried Leibniz

A signal is comprehended if it serves to make us notice
the object or situation it bespeaks.
A symbol is understood when we conceive the idea it presents.
- Susanne Langer

I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel,
within secure borders.
- Nelson Mandela

Our situation here, without any exaggeration,
is beyond description almost; it is such as eye has not seen nor ear heard,
nor hath it ever entered into the heart of men to conceive
Boston ever to arrive at.
- Peter Oliver

All I try to do is as earnestly and as acutely as I can,
conceive a character and try to portray this character just honestly.
If the humor is within the absurdity and the awfulness of situations,
then let it be seen that way.
- Patrick Warburton

Be the responsibility on their heads who raise this
novel and extraordinary question of reception,
going to the unconstitutional abridgment,
as I conceive, of the great right of petition inherent
in the People of the United States.
- Caleb Cushing

The best thing going for us is Al Gore.
I cannot conceive how the American people could elect him.
On the other hand, I couldn't conceive how they could
elect a Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton -
especially Clinton in '96.
- Lyn Nofziger

If you're interested in how people behave,
if you're interested in the way they talk about themselves,
the way the conceive of themselves, it's very hard
to ignore drugs nowadays,
because that is so much part of the conversation.
- Jonathan Franzen

Music video directors, who conceive,
write and direct these works,
enjoy no creative rights, receive no ongoing financial
benefit from the sale of our work,
and many times are not even credited.
- Michael Apted

If we conceive all the changes in the physical world
as reducible to the motion of atoms,
motions generated by means of the fixed nuclear forces of those atoms,
the whole of the world could thus be known by means of the natural sciences.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

One thing I was thinking about the other day was you
can't even conceive of the kinds of things you can do in movies today.
The idea that you could draw, in a computer,
dinosaurs and have them running around was totally impossible.
- John Badham

It's too bad that one has to conceive of sports as
being the only arena where risks are,
for all of life is risk exercise.
That's the only way to live more freely,
and more interestingly.
- William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

But the first differentiation of its reflection in
the manifested World is purely Spiritual,
and the Beings generated in it are not endowed with
a consciousness that has any relation to the one we conceive of.
- H. P. Blavatsky

That settled Abraham Lincoln with me.
I was thoroughly satisfied that no such man ought to be President;
but I could not yet conceive it possible that such
a monster would be the choice of a majority of the people for President.
- John Sergeant Wise

Academic sociologists have been trained to conceive of their discipline -
sociology -
as the scientific study of society,
and to remit to the sister discipline of psychology
the study of individuals.
- Richard Wall

It has always been difficult for Man to realize that his life is all an art.
It has been more difficult to conceive it so than to act it so.
For that is always how he has more or less acted it.
- Henry Ellis

I can easily conceive, most Holy Father,
that as soon as some people learn that in this book
which I have written concerning the revolutions of the heavenly bodies,
I ascribe certain motions to the Earth,
they will cry out at once that I and my theory should be rejected.
- Nicolaus Copernicus


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