Saturday, February 23, 2008

Lin Yutang on Travel to Improve One's Mind

The first kind of false travel is travel to improve one's mind. This matter of improving one's mind has undoubtedly been overdone. I doubt very much whether one's mind can be so easily improved. Anyway there is little evidence of it at clubs and lectures. But if we are usually so serious as to be bent upon improving our minds, we should at least during a vacation let the mind lie fallow, and give it a holiday....

Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living, Reynal and Hitchcock (New York: 1937) p. 329.

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