Lin Yutang

Liberty Quotation: Lin Yutang on the Spirit of the Scamp

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Yu-t'ang Lin“My faith in human dignity consists in the belief that man is the greatest scamp on earth. . . . In this present age of threats to democracy and individual liberty, probably only the scamp and the spirit of the scamp alone will save us from being lost in serially numbered units in the masses of disciplined, obedient, regimented and uniformed coolies.  The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships.  He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered.  All modern civilization depends entirely upon him.”

Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living [1937]


Liberty Quotation: Lin Yutang on Too Many Policemen, Too Many Soldiers, and Too Many Lawyers

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Yu-t'ang Lin“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,  Chinese writer and philosopher  (1895-1976)

Liberty Quotation of the Day: Lin Yutang on Habeas Corpus and Other Civil Liberties

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Lin Yutang“Without protection of civil liberties, the idea that our rulers should or would love us like parents is naïve to the extreme.  Personally, I think that one writ of habeas corpus is worth more than all the Confucian philosophy ever written.”

Lin Yutang, Chinese writer and philosopher  (1895-1976)